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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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Creating something brand new is hard. No matter if it’s a painting, a system architecture, or a conference talk, the creative effort of conjuring up something from nothing is difficult. Take me for example, staring at a text editor, trying to figure out what to type next and think up a clever title. Writers know […]
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Hosting a React Web App in Azure with CI/CD in Five Easy Steps

There are a few blog posts out there that already show you how to do this, but since I encountered a few issues, I thought I’d document what worked for me. These are the very simple steps I followed to set up my web app in Azure, with continuous integration and deployment. Step 1: Create […]
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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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What Does It Mean to be a Senior Engineer?

As a team lead, I coach and mentor many junior engineers. One topic that always comes up is “What does it mean to be a Senior Engineer?” That’s easy, you just… have a four-year degree from an accredited college? Work for 10 years and don’t get fired? Learn 3 front-end technologies? Check some boxes on […]
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SEPTalks: Delivering in Bets: How Betting Will ImproveYour Delivery Strategy

Defining a delivery strategy can be difficult. We tend to underestimate the risk, aren’t explicit about our assumptions, and don’t involve the delivery team early in the process. Chris Shinkle, our Director of Innovation, recently introduced the idea of delivering in bets to several clients. The idea is that each delivery is a series of […]
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Record Deduplication

I have a relative that frequently has medical problems. This despite the fact that he’s a healthy young man. His problem is that he has too many names. He’s James-Robert, but depending on whom you ask, you’ll hear him called: Jim Bob Robert James Jim-Bob He has five names at least, and that’s before considering […]
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The Pregnant Scrum Master

My slightly satirical, stream-of-consciousness take on scrummy pregnancy. First Trimester Scrum Master You were a developer before you became a scrum master, so you’ll get a kick out of calling your baby a monad, because – like – “generically automating away boilerplate code” and something about “a thing that creates side-effects.” I mean, come on […]
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2 Practices We Adopted Since Going Remote

My team of five has been working together on a cloud-based learning system for nearly a year. Since going remote, we needed to find a way to keep us connected just as if we were working next to each other in the office. We decided to try two new things: – End of the Day […]
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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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