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…