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SEP Named a Winning Company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards
The title of this post references the iconic phrase from the London Underground, “Mind the gap.” It’s used to warn passengers about the gap between the train and the station platform. Although hazardous, the gap for these travelers is…
Mind the Empathy Gap: 3 ways to stay empathetic as you level up
The title of this post references the iconic phrase from the London Underground, “Mind the gap.” It’s used to warn passengers about the gap between the train and the station platform. Although hazardous, the gap for these travelers is a natural part of the journey. This post is about another travel hazard, one that I […]
You may have heard of the “Internet of Things” (IoT), which can call to mind “smart light bulbs” or “smart electrical outlets” or “smart doorbells”. Usually when consumers talk about IoT they talk about Home Automation, which is only a single application of IoT. The patterns can be used for massive problems, like Smart Grid […]
3 lessons I learned in my first months as a non-traditional software engineer
I am about 3 months into my journey as a new software engineer. I work at a place where the bar is high for what it means to craft quality software. My peers are well-educated and highly disciplined engineers with many years of experience. Those conditions alone would be enough to cause someone new to […]
You’re always behind the curve. You can never catch up. There is no leading, you’re always chasing. That is what it feels like as a software engineer these days. Technology is moving at breakneck speed. Five new React competitors came out this morning. Rails is old; Elm is new. Elm!? Back in my day that […]
Recently a co-worker and I had a brief discussion about whether we were using Kanban, or simply using a “task board” for visualizing our work. Kanban is so much more than only a board with columns, stickie notes, and scribbles all over the place. Kanban is a method, or an approach, to incrementally change/improve your […]
How to Create & Support a Learning Focus as an Organization
In a previous article, I discussed learning as a core “Make or Break” (MOB) for SEP. By taking up this follow-up topic I must acknowledge the huge body of work around “learning organizations” that already exists in books, seminars, best practices, etc. My thoughts that follow are by no means scholarly. Previously I pointed out […]