Alistair-style 2009 Resolutions

@panozzoaj righteously smited new years resolutions on twitter: Do you do New Year’s Resolutions? I view them as a retrospective instead of kaizen. So inclined to not do them and…

Single File Split Buffers in Visual Studio!

Man, I’d searched for this feature time and time again.  And finally found it here: http://www.kevinwilliampang.com/post/Visual-Studio-Split-Views.aspx If you don’t want to follow the link… Just double click that guy, or…

Deliberate Practice in Software

Agile 2009 Session Info Presenter: Mary Poppendieck Mary is well known as a lean software engineering leader, but gave this session talking about the idea of deliberate practice and our…

Liquidity in Information Work

Agile 2009 Session Info Presenter: David Anderson in an "open jam" session. Liquidity is the ability to easily turn one asset into another (not just money!). Anderson’s idea on liquidity…

on so-called upgrades…

Over the years I’ve been a member of a few internet forums. At least two of them have been through serious ‘upgrades’ and I thought that their mistakes may serve…

LSSC 2010 Call For Papers

From http://www.limitedwipsociety.org/2009/11/15/lean-software-systems-conference-2010-atlanta/ Lean Software & Systems Conference 2010 Atlanta The first Lean Software & Systems Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA between April 21st and 23rd 2010. Registration…

Is source control branching a good strategy?

I’ve always wondered about whether creating source control branches for every feature is a good idea at all.  Isn’t one just postponing the problem of the big merge come release…

Don’t Single Me out!

In my few days of being a developer, I’ve heard and seen lots of talk about Singletons.  Things like Singletons are teh suck.  Don’t use them.  EVAR. to Singleton’s saved…

Chris Shinkle presents Kanban at QCon in San Francisco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — San Francisco, CA-  Chris Shinkle, Development Manager at SEP presented “Kanban and the Dreyfus Learning model” on the Kanban/ Lean Software Development track at QCon this…

On Leading – Expectations

The cause of almost all relationship difficulties is rooted in conflicting or ambiguous expectations around roles and goals. Whether you are dealing with the question of who does what at…

SEP Looking for Software and Test Engineers

POST UPDATE: 3/1/10 SEP has filled these positions. We are not hiring at this time. SEP is in the market for software engineers and test engineers. We’ve been providing custom…

Emergent Interview Design

I’m heavily involved in recruiting here at SEP. We recently did something that we haven’t done in at least 15 years: hired an experienced project manager. In our history, we’ve…

SEP Managers Receive ASQ – Certified Software Quality Engineer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Milwaukee, WI, November 11, 2009 — The Certification Board of ASQ (American Society for Quality) is pleased to announce that Paul Pringle, Operations Manager and Jeff Lambert,…

every team needs a toolsmith

Every software project is different, and there are subtleties associated with each one.  Every project  requires unique and specific tools, and we need someone to build them, or each member…

Chris Shinkle Talking Kanban

Our very own Chris Shinkle will be talking Kanban a couple times in the next few weeks: November 12th at the SQE Agile Development Practices Conference in Orlando, FL November…

SEP featured at Agile Development Conference in Orlando

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CARMEL, IN SEP’s Development Manager, Chris Shinkle, will be speaking at the Agile Development Practices Conference in Orlando, FL on Thursday, November 12, 2009. The purpose…

We’re Hiring

Indiana is officially out of recession, so we’re hiring. (No, that’s not really why we’re hiring) We currently have openings for software engineers, senior software engineers, lead software engineers, project…

New Approaches to Risk Management

— I was lucky enough to attend the 2009 Agile conference. This post is one in a series of session reports from it. Presenter: David Anderson David framed this session…

Question Debugging

There isn’t much I dislike more than asking a question at a high level and getting an answer back that feels demeaning because the answerer explains everything to me from…

Listening and Self-Awareness

A really great example of listening and self-awareness recently came up in my personal life.  It was during a somewhat heated conversation between me and my significant other.  I was…

On Leading – why people matter

If you are the leader, your people expect you to create their future. They look into your eyes, and they expect to see strength and vision. To be successful, you…

What I learned about prevention in software development

‘Prevent problems before they occur’ is the mantra I try to live by, both in my personal life and at work. I have not been entirely successful, but I am…

Things recruits should be mindful of…

By actively being part of the recruiting team at SEP, I get to speak with many college students that are looking for internships, co-ops, or full time positions.  I feel…

Client Tenure – Dealing with clients for the long haul

I’m in a fairly unique position here at SEP. For the last seven years (out of the ten I’ve been here), I’ve worked almost exclusively on a series of related projects…

Do You Own Your Tools?

I saw this tweet from @unclebobmartin the other day. Why do we feel like our company ought to buy our tools for us? This is an interesting concept to me,…

SEP Test Engineer Scheduled to Speak at Software Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Carmel, IN — One of SEP’s test engineers, Beth Shaw, has been asked to speak at the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference (GLSEC) at the Prince…

Is Developing Software Really EXPENSIVE?

There have been many papers, studies, books, etc. on the high cost of developing software. What does this even mean? When we say software we typically mean a software product…

sparklines

In the words of their inventor, Edward Tufte, sparklines are “data-intense, design-simple, word-sized graphics”. They are intended to be used in line with text, like this one which shows you the…

SEP Supports Wolf Technical Services With US Navy Contract

Press Release – September 21, 2009 Indianapolis, IN. – Wolf Technical Services, Inc. announced that it has won a U.S. Navy contract for a new military project. The contract is…

SEP Travels to Indiana Campuses

SEP will be traveling throughout the state of Indiana for various recruiting events. Check us out: September 16, 2009 Purdue University (Industrial Round Table) October 7, 2009 Rose-Hulman (Career Fair)…

SEP featured at Agile2009 in Chicago

Chris Shinkle, Development Manager at SEP will be presenting at the Agile 2009 Conference in Chicago this week. Agile 2009 is an international conference about techniques and technologies, attitudes, and…

Kanban as a change management tool

I am beginning to better understand how effective Kanban can be as a change management tool.  Any kind of change within an organization is often preceded by fear and worry…

Agile 2009 Presentation and Materials

I have uploaded both my IEEE submission and presentation.   Both are available for download.  Please let me know any thoughts and/or comments you may have regarding them. 

My Inaugural Post

This being my first blog post, it seems like I should tell people what my blog is about and who I am.  I am a Development Manager at Software Engineering…

SEP Signs Lease in Carmel City Center

Carmel, IN – A news conference was held today to announce that a nationally recognized local company, Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), has decided to locate its offices in Carmel City…

SEP Ranked 4th Largest Indianapolis Software Developer

For the past 8 years, SEP has been named one of Indianapolis’ Largest Software Developers. SEP moved up to the #4 spot in the 2010 Indiana Business Journal Book of Lists….

SEP Voted Indianapolis Star 2009 Top Workplace

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS—Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), has been named a top place to work in Central Indiana according to The Indianapolis Star. In association with Workplace Dynamics, The Indianapolis…

Three Indiana Companies Take Lead at Annual Conference

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Indiana Emerges as Front-Runner in Adoption of Progressive Trend Indianapolis, IN, June 11, 2009 – Three Indiana companies take lead at Annual Lean & Kanban…

Kanban Adoption at SEP

Any widespread institutionalization of Agile practices was met with resistance and ultimately failed to gain traction. Over time, experience with Agile practices and Lean principles grew but only in limited pockets. Nothing…

The Adoption of Kanban Systems at SEP

In 2004, SEP tried adopting Agile practices. However, Agile failed to have the desired lasting impact across the entire organization. Things changed in 2007, when SEP implemented a kanban system…

SEP Celebrates 21 Years in Business

SEP celebrated its 21st Anniversary on May 11, 2009. In 1988, engineers from Rose-Hulman decided to start their own software engineering firm and thus, SEP was born. Jeff Gilbert, SEP’s…

SEP Employs 5 Engineering Interns This Summer

Each summer, SEP hires the brightest interns to be a part of their engineering team. Throughout the summer of 2009, we will employ 5 engineering interns. This year’s crew will…

SEP Employee Featured Speaker at Lean/Kanban Conference

SEP’s Chris Shinkle was featured at the first annual Lean/Kanban Conference in Miami, FL. The lineup of speakers comprised the largest group of Lean and Kanban innovators, leading edge practitioners, and…

SEP Employee Gets MVP Certification

SEP’s very own Mike Brown has received the MVP title from Microsoft. This title is awarded for a one year period based on a person’s participation in the developer community,…

SEP Featured at Midwest Supply Chain Conference

SEP will be a featured company at the Indiana Health Information Forum’s Midwest Healthcare Supply Chain Conference downtown Indianapolis in May. SEP will unite with the Midwest’s extensive expertise in…

SEP Loses a Part of the Family

Tim Shoemaker, former Vice President of SEP passed away on April 29, 2009. Tim was an integral part of SEP from its earliest years. He led SEP in many areas…

SEP Expands On-Campus Recruiting Efforts to RIT

SEP traveled to Rochester Institute of Technology in New York in March to take part in RIT’s Spring Career Fair. We are happy to report that activity at SEP’s recruiting…