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SEP Named a Winning Company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards

Westfield, IN – January 2022, SEP, a software product design and development firm has been announced as a winning company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards. This recognizes SEP as one of the best tech companies…
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Networking Engineers

One of the most useful skills I picked up during my PhD studies was how to turn light refreshments into a whole meal.  The trick is to combine hunger and the ability to ignore shame for personal gain. Then  one needs only spend an awful lot of time at the end of an event milling […]
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New Leads Need Self Directed Radical Candor

Hello! If you are new to Radical Candor, check out the concept directly from Kim Scott herself, Radical Candor in 6 minutes I should also mention that the title should really be “new leads who are terrible at thinking on their feet in front of a crowd need self directed radical candor.” It’s just… not […]
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New Leads Need to Prep for Staffing Conversations

One of the things I did terribly as a new lead was participate in staffing conversations for my team. Mainly, I was just unprepared in realizing the scope of what adding or removing a person meant on the distribution of responsibilities that a single team has to balance. In this blog post, you’ll find a […]
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New Leads Need “That’s Not My Oven!”

If your job was installing an oven in a kitchen, and on the day you do your install the electrician hasn’t installed an electrical socket where the oven’s supposed to go, you wouldn’t run an extension cord just to get your oven to work. You’d tell the foreman you’ll come back when they’re ready for […]
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New Leads Need The Engagement Chronicle

On the last day of a 20 month-long project, my customer asked me, “Could you give a brief overview of everything you guys have done for us over the last couple of years?” 😅 As a new lead, I hadn’t thought of starting an engagement chronicle until closer to the end of the project. By […]
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What I Learned as an Intern with SEP

Kate Schreck 2022 Summer Intern LinkedIn — As I begin my final week as a BizOps intern, I can’t help but look back on the last few months with a mixture of relief that I completed my work and did it well and immense sadness at the fact that I am leaving. Since SEP is […]
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Celebrating Two Years of Behind the Product, a Software Development Podcast

We’re celebrating two years of our Behind The Product software development podcast! Since July 2020, we’ve taken you behind-the-scenes on software stories from engineers, innovators, and thought leaders. Read on for an insightful Q&A with SEP’s podcast host extraordinaire, Zac Darnell, and for a peek into the future of Behind the Product. — New to […]
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Meet Our Summer 2022 Interns

What drew you to SEP? I heard about SEP through the CIT career fair at Purdue University. Since arriving at SEP, I like how my team is willing to help me learn and I am excited about my projects for the summer. Fun Fact: I love to play tennis and I enjoy cycling. What drew […]
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Using Collaboration to Build a Better Product

Building software needs a balance of focusing on the right things, building consistently, and adapting based on feedback. Since lists and plans are squarely within our control it’s easy to fall into simply checking the boxes and completing tasks, a project management mindset. Alternatively, we should focus more on outcomes and how we can use […]
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