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SEP Named a Winning Company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards

‘Prevent problems before they occur’ is the mantra I try to live by, both in my personal life and at work. I have not been entirely successful, but I am learning to get better at it. I exercise every…
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What I learned about prevention in software development

‘Prevent problems before they occur’ is the mantra I try to live by, both in my personal life and at work. I have not been entirely successful, but I am learning to get better at it. I exercise every day, eat healthy, and brush my teeth regularly. I have learned that similar actions done regularly […]
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Client Tenure – Dealing with clients for the long haul

I’m in a fairly unique position here at SEP. For the last seven years (out of the ten I’ve been here), I’ve worked almost exclusively on a series of related projects for the same client. When I say client, in reality I’m talking about the company since the individuals that I’ve dealt with have changed […]
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Do You Own Your Tools?

I saw this tweet from @unclebobmartin the other day. Why do we feel like our company ought to buy our tools for us? This is an interesting concept to me, because, as of late, I’ve been considering pimping my work area to be mine… just as any other craftsman might. My dad is a skilled […]
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Kanban as a change management tool

I am beginning to better understand how effective Kanban can be as a change management tool.  Any kind of change within an organization is often preceded by fear and worry which lead to resistance.  People aren’t sure what’s going to happen, how it’s going to affect the company, or how it’s going to affect them […]
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Agile 2009 Presentation and Materials

I have uploaded both my IEEE submission and presentation.   Both are available for download.  Please let me know any thoughts and/or comments you may have regarding them.
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The Adoption of Kanban Systems at SEP

In 2004, SEP tried adopting Agile practices. However, Agile failed to have the desired lasting impact across the entire organization. Things changed in 2007, when SEP implemented a kanban system for the first time. Kanban created an effective means for institutionalization of Lean by providing a unique method of discovering and learning practices and principles. […]
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