HPE Support Neurodiversity in the Workplace during Autism Awareness Month

It is now a great honour to collaborate with another like minded global organisation, SAP, that shares the same ethos and purpose around people with autism. This could not have happened without the vision of Thorkil Sonne, the founder of Specialisterne. Looking at the brilliant people we have since been able to hire, this is proving to be an untapped market that has enabled us to enhance our services lines and create greater value to our customers.

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Harvard Business School Case Study

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s ‘Dandelion Program’ draws on the special talents of people with autism – and now it has been selected for a Harvard Business School case study.

This case examines how diversity – in particular, neurodiversity – can be transformed into a competitive advantage; how people who were previously considered not suitable for employment can and have become key to an in-demand service offering. Thus, this important case provokes a discussion of the advantages of diversity, and also how some existing procedures might keep other organisations from realising these advantages too.

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Trainee Test Analyst Job Opportunities

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Dandelion Program

Trainee Test Analyst Job Opportunities


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is one of the world’s largest and most successful IT companies. We know that our people and values are the most important elements in this success. We invest in your personal growth and development in an environment where you will be supported.
HPE’s Dandelion Program is recruiting people from the Autism Spectrum to be trained and work in the area of software testing based in Canberra.
Successful applicants will perform work for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Applications are requested to fill these trainee Test Analyst roles.
As a level one Test Analyst you will be part of the HPE Testing Capability and will be trained to perform simple, medium and up to complex software testing activities as assigned by the HPE Dandelion Test Manager.
These roles will suit people with an interest in working with computers, processes and tools to ensure that developed software is fit for purpose and meets the needs of end users both within the department and its clients.
Successful candidates will start by learning and performing key skills required to work in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection team. He/she will also undergo training over time to be able to perform other more complex software testing related tasks.
The candidate:

  • Must have a diagnosis of ASD
  • Must be aged 18 years or over
  • Must have Australian Citizenship
  • Will have to satisfy the suitability requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Baseline security checks
  • Must be able to attend the entire 4 week assessment phase, which is paid
  • Should live within an easy daily commutable distance of Belconnen, ACT

Holding a tertiary qualification in a technical or business area is desirable, but not a prerequisite. If there is some experience in skills such as software testing, business analysis, computer programming, data analysis, or similar IT oriented tasks, this would be highly regarded, but not a prerequisite. The person must have a strong interest in learning and performing IT related tasks.
This is a great opportunity to become a part of a forward-thinking team with a commitment to providing high quality and innovative services, apply today.
To find out more information about the method of applying and the recruitment process and timelines for this great opportunity, please click on the link below:

Trainee Test Analyst Job Opportunities

The work experience program members answering questions from the children

Work Experience Program – School Visit

The Technical Lead and Development Team with a child from the local school

The local school that will be using the applications developed during the Dandelion work experience program were today given the opportunity to come on-site at Hewlett Packard Enterprise to meet Dandy and the Development Team!

The demonstration given by the work experience candidates was extremely well received, and we saw some amazing responses to Dandy.

The children asking about Dandy's capabilities
The children asking about Dandy’s capabilities
Everyone was blown away by the response Dandy received
Everyone was blown away by the response Dandy received
Work experience program members brainstorming improvements

Work Experience Program – Sprint Retrospective

One of the core concepts of agile project management is the ability to reflect on what you have done, to ensure that you are constantly refining and improving the way in which you work. As part of this, the Dandelion work experience program candidates had a Scrum event knows as a Sprint Retrospective.

This involves the team meeting and writing notes to prompt group discussion in three areas: what went well, what did not go so well, and improvements that can be made for the next sprint. Some excellent thoughts, ideas, and suggestions were brought up, and the development team had a great time planning improvements for the rest of the project!

Suggestions being stuck to the board by the development team
Suggestions being stuck to the board by the development team
The work experience program members hard at work

Work Experience Program – Project Work

Excellent teamwork between members

We have been seeing fantastic teamwork, thoughtful discussion, rigorous planning, and excellent demonstration of technical skills from the Dandelion work experience program candidates ! With the end of the week approaching, they are finalising the details on the items that they want to deliver for the first week!

Collaboration and group brainstorming

Work Experience Program – ‘Day in the Life’

The Dandelion work experience program students learning about a day in the life of an automation tester
The Dandelion work experience program candidates learning about a day in the life of an automation tester

Throughout the second week, the Dandelion work experience program candidates will be given the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts from within Hewlett Packard Enterprise. These ‘Day in the Life’ sessions will focus around what kinds of roles and responsibilities exist in an organization such as HPE, what their day to day job entails, as well as where they sit within the software development life-cycle and how they interact with the other parts.

The aim of these sessions is to give the candidates an idea of what kinds of roles there are within the information technology industry; something that is often overlooked during university study. Over the course of the week, the students will interact with Business Analysts, Architects, Developers, Testers, and other such roles. The candidates found these sessions to be extremely valuable experiences.