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SEP Named a Winning Company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards

As with any thought intensive job, there is a need for a certain level of intelligence place on the employee. However, in most of these cases, another attribute can be even more valuable than shear intelligence… being present. Of…
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Being Present

As with any thought intensive job, there is a need for a certain level of intelligence place on the employee. However, in most of these cases, another attribute can be even more valuable than shear intelligence… being present. Of course, I don’t mean just showing up for work on time; I mean an employee who […]
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Engineering Over/Under: Finding Balance

The Blog Battle title for this week is “Engineering Over/Under”, and I thought I’d simply share my own experiences/inadequacies with this problem. As a young engineer (I am 23 and graduated roughly a year and a half ago), I have struggled much more with under-engineering, rather than over-engineering, but feel like I have some insights […]
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Developing Habits: Visualizing Daily Work

In a blog battle post earlier this week, I linked to a fairly old Lifehacker post on Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret – a simple means to visualize/motivate daily action on a specific type. Using a calendar, or a grid (template here) you can track the number of days you’ve completed your goal and, more importantly, the […]
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“Get Better” – make it uncomfortable…

The SEP Blogoff challenge this week was to write about getting better.   I had to think a little about this.   I mean, there are some good reasons that come to mind immediately – career growth, introspective challenges, helping others.  While these are great reasons for me to get better, I’m still limited by my personal […]
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When the Pizza Guy Delivers Chinese

Chris Shinkle’s seminar titled, “When the Pizza Guy Delivers Chinese: Seeing Value Through the Customer’s Eyes” at LeanSSC’11. This talk will show how to be successful by identifying business value and by focusing on enhancing it. As well as showing specific practices that help elicit and understand value as defined by the customer.
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Lean or Kanban Will Not Save Us From Ourselves

Lean or Kanban will not save us from ourselves.  By themselves, they will not prevent us from producing software that does not deliver value to the end customer. SEP has spent the better part of 20 years getting good at software development.  Throughout those 20 years, SEP has sought to improve or methods and processes. […]
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How do you decide!?!

Lately I’ve found myself digging deeper into Heuristics. This is FASCINATING to me! I’ve been reading more and more about different ways that humans make decisions, and it continues to amaze me. Today, I was talking with Chris at work about completely un-related topics, when it occurred to me that I was framing, or “anchoring“, […]
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The file exists

Maybe I should title this post ‘How to write a better error message’ instead. I just went on a wild goose chase trying to find the solution to an error I kept seeing in SQL Server Management Studio every time I tried to run a query or open a table for editing (or anything else […]
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“stand-up” meetings are more popular than I thought…

I recently came across a post about a “22 minute meeting”.   The claim seems to be that shorter meetings are more productive and efficient. Most of us here at SEP have already had the “culture shock” of a stand-up meeting.  In my experience it has been a very beneficial way to deliver information and […]
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