Extending Discovery into Business Value

This post is a follow up from a previous post, is Software Development REALLY Expensive – part Two. To summarize, I will quote from the previous blog. Our industry often sets…

Thanks, User Experience Guys

An open letter to all you user experience people… Dear <state your name in full>, I started developing applications professionally in 1993. First Mac apps in the glorious 4D programming…

Is Developing Software REALLY expensive – Part Two

Software development value streams need to proactively widen in order to attack new areas of waste and to continue providing increased value. In an outsourced contract service model with hand-off points at organizational boundaries this can be a challenge.

Book Review – Beautiful Teams

I got beautiful teams a few months ago and tore into it hoping for lots of wonderful insights about how to help culture/foster/create functional and beautiful team environments. Instead, I…

Another Milestone for SEP

The Lean Software & Systems Conference started today. This is the most SEP has ever been involved in a conference in terms of sponsorship, speaking, and involvement. Kelly Wilson, our…

3Q Book Review: The Trusted Advisor

The Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister, Robert Galford, and Charles Green What’s the point? A friend of my boss recommended this book as “the bible of the professional service…

3Q Book Review: The Logic of Failure

The Logic of Failure by Dietrich Dorner What’s the point? The premise of the book is that humans are notoriously bad at thinking through complex systems. We can’t plan or…

The file exists

Maybe I should title this post ‘How to write a better error message’ instead. I just went on a wild goose chase trying to find the solution to an error…

3Q Book Review: Linchpin

I really hate opening a blog post and seeing that it’s five pages long, 7 point font, dense text. Even if the author is awesome, it’s asking me to make…

Story Mapping – Quick Follow-up

In this post, I talked about ways our teams could get started using story mapping (and associated techniques) that we get trained up on by Jeff Patton. So anyway ……

Story Mapping – Getting Started

In our recent training, Jeff Patton presented a structured discovery process centered around the story map and personas, neatly packaged into about a week of time. Some people in the…

SEP is an ESOP! OMG!

I’ve known about this for a couple months, but it’s still pretty awesome now that it is happening. As of March 31, SEP now has an Employee Stock Ownership Plan….

Story Mapping

We recently completed several days of training with the fabulous Jeff Patton. At a 10,000 foot level, the techniques he talked about focus on getting the whole story on a…

Can it get any cooler over here???

Just had to brag about this company a little bit… http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=40993 The managers at this company care about their people, and this is just one more way they show it….

SEP Announced Launch of Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Carmel, IN, April 5, 2010 –Software Engineering Professionals™ (SEP) announced to its employees today that the owners have transferred 100% of SEP’s stock to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)…

Are UX/UI “standards” lacking???

Jared Spool has reported that only about 10% of the user interface design questions raised by developers over the course of a typical project can be answered by reference to…