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SEP Named A 2021 Best Places to Work in Indiana Company

I love naming computers, it’s one of the best parts of my job.  However, I think it’s important that a computer is named by the person who will be using it.  I’ve compiled a list of best practices and “gotchas”…
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Naming your computer

I love naming computers, it’s one of the best parts of my job.  However, I think it’s important that a computer is named by the person who will be using it.  I’ve compiled a list of best practices and “gotchas” that I’ve come across while naming machines, and I’ve tried to include as many real […]
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A Pandemic Isn’t a Reason to Stop Researching (but… It Might Be a Good Reason to Start)

When it comes to doing user research, I’m always going to recommend learning with someone in their own space. Seeing someone use your product in their environment will always add more context to your investigation. Generally, research falls into these categories: exploratory/generative research (looking to understand problems, needs, goals, etc.) evaluative research (benchmarking your understanding, […]
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Increase Your Remote Professionalism By Leveling Up Your Virtual Presence

How to stand out on Zoom, Skype, and other video conferencing platforms by being intentional with your video setup At the end of last year I was reflecting on my career and making decisions on what to tackle in the coming year. The result was to make the switch from being a consumer of content […]
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Fifteen Fives at SEP

At SEP we rely on face to face interaction. Team huddles, standups, retros, pairing at a desk, walking by each other in the hallway, playing a game over lunch – we see each other all day, every day. Each of these interactions is an opportunity to see how the other person is doing. Like, really […]
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WFH: Using Zoom Meetings to Get Things Done

One week into working from home I learned real quick that “what was” couldn’t continue. Suddenly my family became my co-workers. We were thrust into a new life and all we had was old mental models to draw from on how we lived life up until that moment. The life we had built and the […]
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Our Rapid Prototyping Engagement

I just finished up a three week long, rapid prototyping project with a development team of four: 2 designers, 2 developers. Since SEP may have more prototyping opportunities, here’s what you can expect from this kind of engagement. First, what is a rapid prototyping project? A short, intensive, and focused effort designed to learn more […]
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Introducing the Professional Development Canvas

It is a developed skill to take all the different things in my life and answer two questions, “What should I learn next,” and “How am I going to learn it.”  I’ve had twenty years to figure out how to self-direct my learning.  In addition, I’ve had some semi-professional experience in developing my training materials […]
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Conference Talk Roadmap

Co-authored by Jordan Thayer and Robert Herbig Presenting information to your peers is an important part of an any career, especially engineering: Teaching a subject reinforces your own understanding and mastery Presentation and communication skills are essential to team based work Sharing knowledge helps improve the teams you’re working on It helps bring in new […]
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Inviting Clients Into Our Slack Workspace

At SEP, we design and develop software products for our customers. Our ability to do that well is founded on solid technical practices. To take it to the next level, however, we need to be able to seamlessly collaborate with our clients. Over the past few years, we’ve started inviting our clients into our Slack […]
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