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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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Agile2022 Conference Reflective

While attending Agile2022 this year, I couldn’t help but reflect back on my long history with this conference. I attended my first Agile conference in 2008 in Toronto. The following year in 2009, I was a speaker. Since then, I have presented or attended nearly every year since. I’ve been a reviewer, helping review and […]
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New Leads Need “Domains of Execution”

Okay, sure the title really needs to be “New leads should totally define a list of clusters of responsibilities that every project has so that they can make sure the project is appropriately supported” …but you get it. What’s a “Domain of Execution”? A domain is some cluster of responsibilities that your project will require […]
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Well-done Writing is Rare

I read a lot. I read for pleasure, and I read for work. I read poetry, fiction, and graphic novels. I even read the occasional textbook on how laws around pornography give us a unique view into the changing social landscape of 19th century England. That one, by the way, is a real page turner. […]
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3 Ways Client Engagement Managers Bring Out the Best in SEP

Software product teams are made up of a variety of unique and vital skillsets that contribute to overall success. At SEP, this might look like: Engagement managers fostering collaboration between internal teams and client needs Team leads overseeing the detailed aspects of day-to-day project work Product discovery gurus facilitating workshops to build shared understanding, roadmaps, […]
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New Leads Need to Give Real-Time Permission

Okay, okay, so the title should really be “New Leads (probably) Need to Practice Real-Time Permission (if they’re still uncomfortable with conflict, especially when a power dynamic is involved)”, but I feel like you get it. Where does “Real-Time Permission” come from? “Real-Time Permission” is a concept I barely acknowledged when I first read Patrick […]
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Networking Engineers

One of the most useful skills I picked up during my Ph.D. 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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2022 SEP Internship Experience Wrap-Up

The summer is wrapping up for the 13 students who took part in SEP’s internship experience! Within the last few months, the interns have learned a ton of new things, met a ton of new people, and made a ton of new memories. At SEP, interns work on real projects and are valued members of […]
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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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