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Sharing knowledge is at the heart of successfully growing together, and one of the driving principles that we work and live by at November Five.

We’re excited to let this mindset for growth inspire those around us. Our offering of keynotes is packed with our most valuable insights, ways of working and learnings on technology, digital and business.

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Strategy
Creating scenario plans

Trying to anticipate the future of an industry or market is hard. Scenario planning offers a structured way for strategists to look into the key dynamics that will impact an industry in the future. During this lecture, we use two examples (finance and media) to illustrate how scenario planning works. Secondly, we introduce tooling to help facilitate the participants in their own scenario planning for the future.

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Design
Our toolbox to effectively create consistent user interfaces

This lecture reveals learnings, practical tips and tricks about UI. Things we wish we knew before we started, and will help you to create better UI from the moment you leave the lecture. We will focus on

  • how to get the best out of every UI design;
  • how to use typography and colours;
  • how to mature a design;
  • how to get every stakeholder involved and on board.
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Design
Design as the key to customer-centric innovation

We believe CX should not be the goal, but the mindset in every organisation. Join this lecture to find out how design can unlock the full potential of customer-centricity within an organisation, and support you in facing innovation challenges with relevant business impact in mind.

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Digital product management
Knowing what not to build is hard

When building a product roadmap, one of the hardest parts is to determine what to build first, and most of all: what not to build (and maybe never). This presentation highlights how November Five develops roadmaps for digital products rooted in the day-to-day reality of ongoing businesses while continuously evolving the product to its full potential.

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Software architecture
API design for the modern web

The concept of Restful APIs is nearing the age of 20. In the last few years, new kid on the block GraphQL rapidly gained popularity. How to choose? And what are the pitfalls of each flavor? This presentation highlights some design principles, including how to structure and document your API, how to handle exceptions and how to properly leverage caching.

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Software architecture
The soft skills every software architect needs

Thousands of software professionals have the necessary technical qualifications to become architects, but far fewer have the crucial non-technical skills needed to get hired and succeed in their role. For many developers, these skills don’t come naturally – and they’re rarely addressed in formal training. This lecture helps you fill this gap by focusing on the specific relationship, business and personal skills that are essential to become a full-fledged software architect. 

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Digital transformation: what's in a name

Digital transformation and digitalisation are often confused, and most of the time by business leaders who assume that transformation occurs when existing business processes are digitised and automated. True digital transformation however requires organisational and cultural change, and the understanding to embrace customer centricity and technology as a competitive advantage. This lecture will clarify for once and for all what digital transformation means, and maybe more importantly: what it doesn’t.

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Visualising software architecture: The C4 model

Software architecture diagrams are a fantastic way to communicate how you are planning to build a software system, or to visualise how an existing software system works. It is very likely, however, that the majority of the diagrams you have seen are a confused mess of boxes and lines. How to bring order to the chaos? This lecture deep-dives into the C4 model: a way to create maps of your code, at various levels of detail, enabling you to zoom in and out of an area of interest. 

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Software development
Building voice actions

Virtual assistants are everywhere. Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Assistant and many more are aiming to make our daily lives easier, by making information and actions available through simple voice commands. But how do you build your own voice commands? This presentation guides you into building a Voice Action for Google Assistant. In some additional best practices, we’ll share how to make the conversation with the assistant feel as natural and efficient as possible.

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Test automation

Automated testing comes with many approaches and many tools. This presentation doesn’t discuss unit tests, or by extension any other tests written by the developer. Instead, we approach test automation from the software tester’s point of view. We’ll dive into the workflow and tools being used by our testers to automate their - otherwise manual - work, which includes both frontend application testing, as well as the APIs that drive the data.

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Serverless workshop

This workshop is a first introduction to what ‘serverless’ – or Functions as a Service – really means. We take a look at a number of problems that are traditionally solved with a standard client-server architecture - and fix them by using a serverless setup. Additionally we’ll explore some newly introduced serverless challenges, and how to mitigate them.

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PWA & WASM - Next generation web apps

In this presentation we’ll explore two concepts that have the web evolving to the next level. WebAssembly allows developers to create high-performing web applications in virtually any programming language. Not only with the opportunity for many existing desktop apps to move to the web; it also allows you to build new compute-intensive apps and games straight for the web. Progressive Web Apps, on the other hand, are next-level in terms of browser applications - both for mobile and desktop. We’ll talk about a PWA’s essential building blocks - such as service workers and (silent) push notifications.

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Serverside and static rendering for web apps

Google is increasingly taking web performance into account when calculating a website’s search results scores. For content-driven web apps, there is an important performance gain to be made by skipping page rendering each time they are requested by the user. This topic discusses the different options to avoid on-the-fly rendering, including how and when to use them. 

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HR
Onboarding in a hybrid setup

Now that a decentralised workplace is here to stay, connecting team members is more relevant than ever - to each other, across teams and to your (company) culture. Here’s a first insight: building a strong foundation for a connected workforce doesn’t start on a new employee’s first day, but plenty of time before. With a very pragmatic approach, we dive into practical tips that make an essential difference when onboarding new team members in a work environment that mixes digital and physical interaction, and requires a new approach towards building relationships in the workplace.

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Recruitment strategy: 10 tips & tricks to attract and retain the unicorns

You know who they are: the go-getters, the company ambassadors that are highly passionate, talented and respected. They produce real results and are a natural source of guidance and inspiration. This is the unicorn employee - in the recruitment world, we call this the ‘passive’ candidate - also known as the rockstar or high performer. Whatever you want to call it - fast growing and competitive companies desperately want these types of candidates in their teams. So how does one go about a strategy that finds, engages and adds these types of employees to its organisation? We’ll share some tips, strategies and best practices for fast-growing organisations to reel in these types of candidates.

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HR
Linkedin masterclass

With close to half a billion members, LinkedIn is the number one social medium for business professionals. There might still be quite a few things you didn’t know about this powerful platform yet. In this short and interactive workshop, you will gain insights into what LinkedIn has to offer to you and your (future) company, and gain actionable tips and tricks. On the menu:

  • How to professionalise and optimise your profile
  • How to grow your network
  • How to inspire with great content
  • How to find future team members
  • Bonus: minimise recruiter spam
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HR
Hybrid work: how to make remote work 'work'

The post-pandemic silver lining in the workplace is definitely to be found in a more people-centered approach to productivity, outcome and result. But how do you engage with the new ‘work from home’ mindset, while at the same time protecting the physical interactions that are at the heart of working as a team? In this lecture we’ll guide you through November Five’s ‘work from anywhere’ take on hybrid work, and how we developed an approach that focuses on people and outcomes, rather than policies and control.

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Installing a growth mindset with personal development plans

Finding your dream job: that’s what everyone strives for. In all honesty, that dream job changes over time when jobs, companies, sectors, our society or personal life events change. It’s important to keep the finger on the pulse when balancing company ambitions and individual growth. In this lecture, we’ll talk you through how November Five’s process of aligning both. We’ll fill you in on how we create a Personal Development Plan: a roadmap that describes a career and growth path. This plan details ambitions and learning outcomes, as well as defines the support necessary to meet tangible growth goals.

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Finance
The future of accounting: automating finance management

November Five lives and breathes digital, and we prefer working smart over working hard. That’s why we digitised and automated our accounting processes to the fullest. How do you create an accurate and scalable system that saves time, money and energy, and eliminates the risk of human errors? This presentation showcases a bunch of tangible examples, including:

  • automating the processing of sales & purchase invoices;
  • creating SEPA payments & CODA reconciliation of bank transactions;
  • importing and exporting data to the accounting system by excel files;
  • automated approval flow;
  • introducing a spend management tool with virtual Mastercards;
  • automated management reporting;
  • a mindset to explore continuous optimisation.

These automations hand you the extra time to be a true strategic and proactive partner to the business, instead of a team of administrators accounting for the past. A great presentation if you’re curious about the insights we gained on our digital journey, as well as the bumps along the way.

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Finance
From reactive to proactive finance management

With a leading digital business agency and three fast-growing ventures under the hood, we transformed our finance function into a proactive management and decision-making unit - leading to insights that contribute much sharper and faster strategic decisions. After introducing far-stretching automation in our processes, we became a true strategic partner to the business, with the aim of getting the right insight and foresight to make our companies more manageable, agile, and predictable. This presentation demonstrates that, in a rapidly growing environment like digital and ventures, being able to meticulously predict what the next quarter (or beyond) will look like is of much bigger value than last month's numbers. 

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General
Five learnings from a "Best Workplace for Innovators"

For the second year running, business & tech magazine Fast Company has recognised November Five in their worldwide Top 100 of Best Workplaces for Innovators. As the only Belgian company on the list, we stand alongside giants like Google, Disney and Moderna. Not because we’re good at writing innovative ideas on post-its and sticking them to a wall. It’s because, in a year that disrupted the workplace altogether, we truly embraced uncertainty and leveraged it as a turbocharger for impact in a new digital era. Let us tell you more about the five learnings which had us reeling in this recognition for the second year in a row.

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Interested in bringing our industry insights to your company, school or event? Reach out to our Talent Manager Nathalie to discuss our keynote possibilities - including custom-tailored tweaks regarding subject, duration or speaker.

Nathalie Dilewyns

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