Rabid is now Ackama

In September 2018, on the company’s 8th birthday, Rabid became Ackama - this was to reflect that fact that we work on large digital ecosystems, and given that nature is the largest ecosystem in the world we wanted a name that came from nature. Ackama, or Makamaka, is a small bushy tree with white flowers and red seeds. It’s found on the coast from Whangarei north.

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More about Sandra Clark

Sandra is a highly experienced Project Manager, she has spent over 15 years managing projects of varying scale in the film and television industry. Most notably she produced the acclaimed Songs From the Inside TV series for Maori Television. Sandra was Project Manager at Film New Zealand, New Zealand’s international film business attraction agency and locations office funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. She recently transitioned her skill set to technology and is embracing the Agile framework and methodology. Sandra brings with her excellent project delivery, client liaison and team working skills.

She has a strong interest in sustainability, lives in the Wairarapa and believes she has attained a perfect work life balance as a result.

Posts by Sandra Clark

Agile Australia 17

Having recently come back from #AgileAus, I have been thinking about what I learnt and what actions I can take. It was a great conference, held in June at the Sydney Hilton with over 1200 Agilists attending. A nice surprise to see a large presence from some big banks and insurance companies who are newly implementing Agile. It was wonderful to have access to so many international speakers over a pretty intensive 2 day programme....

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Confessions of a Scrum Master

Rabid and Story Inc have been working collaboratively on an amazing project called Together We Make a Nation, an interactive documentary about former refugee women living in NZ. Initially developed in my 20% time, it was then kindly funded by NZ on Air and supported by the NZ Red Cross and became a real thing. You can watch it here www.togetherwmn.nz Rabid built the interactivity and platform using Ember.js and Ruby on Rails, and the...

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Former Refugee Women Shine in New Interactive Documentary

Rabid has been lucky enough to be able to contribute to an innovative project showcasing the stories of former refugee women living in New Zealand. The result of that project, “Together We Make a Nation” is an interactive storytelling experience which lets the viewer choose their own path through the content. Ola (Poland), Neary (Cambodia), Yibeth (Colombia) and Dalal (Syria) share stories about their families, histories and what has brought them to our shores, while...

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Why is 20% time good for us all?

In my old life in the film industry, we all worked for free; on short films, music videos or low-budget features. It’s how we gained experience and credits on our CV, as well as supported our fellow filmmakers on projects we cared about. I’ve done my fair share of free stuff over the years, but there comes a point when you just have to say “No” - my time and contribution has value, no more...

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Learning to tweet at the Agile NZ Conference

Two major things happened on the 1st and 2nd of September: I attended the AgileNZ 2015 conference and I learned to tweet. The second part may sound ridiculous, but it was a big hurdle for me. I am surrounded by fabulous tech people who tweet beautifully and prolifically. I couldn’t tweet to save myself, so I saw the Agile Conference as a perfect opportunity to face my fear and learn. I received great advice from...

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Give your Retrospective the time it deserves

How we gave the humble retro a makeover

Not long after I started at Rabid, I heard someone mention a retro, it didn’t take me long to discover they weren’t talking about my favourite era of collectable homewares! After attending an Agile workshop at Boost New Media it became clear that we might not having been doing justice to the Sprint Retrospective. Armed with a supply of stickies and sharpies, and with a willing team to experiment on, we held a Retrospective on...

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