Difficult conversation? No worries, just remember – S.O.S.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to have a difficult conversation with someone?  I imagine we all have.  It’s tough – you get deflated, you dread…

Product Engineering is like road construction…

Product Engineering is like road construction.  You have to satisfy the utility.  The utility of a road is pretty straight forward – I have to be able to drive my car from…

Git Extensions has some sweet new toys…

I use Git Extensions on a daily basis.  It is a great git interface for a mouse-lover like myself. Well, it looks like Git Extensions grew some sweet new toys…

Jeff Gilbert to Lead Indiana Vistage Group

Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) would like to congratulate Jeff Gilbert on being selected as a Vistage Chair. Vistage Chairs™ make up an exclusive group of highly trusted advisors and coaches…

“Overcoming Momentum” – laws of physics applied to software development…

Week #5 of the SEP Blog Battle. Read about it here. Follow us on twitter. Ever find yourself in a rut?  You just can’t crank anything notable out this week.  It’s so…

Being Selfish

Dear Reader, I must confess a deep dark secret of mine. This blog… it’s not about you. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate someone out there reading what I write…

Paying It Forward

You’ve probably seen the movie and if not you should (has it really been 11 years since it came out?).  You’ve probably seen at least one the fantastic Liberty Mutual…

“Weapon of Choice” or Belt of Tools?

The title of the SEP Blog Battle for this week is “Weapon of Choice”, and I thought I’d provide what insights I have on the topic as it relates to…

“Weapon of Choice” – assumptions

Week #4 of the SEP Blog Battle. Read about it here. Follow us on twitter. My weapon of choice is an assumption. It’s so much more efficient for me to just assume…

Being Present

As with any thought intensive job, there is a need for a certain level of intelligence place on the employee. However, in most of these cases, another attribute can be…

“Engineering – Over/Under” – evolution…

Week #3 of the SEP Blog Battle. Read about it here. Follow us on twitter. Many times, I’ve heard the cliche – perfect is the enemy of good enough.  I…

Engineering Over/Under: Finding Balance

The Blog Battle title for this week is “Engineering Over/Under”, and I thought I’d simply share my own experiences/inadequacies with this problem. As a young engineer (I am 23 and…

Embracing Change: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Chuck My Daily Plans

First, some background. I’m working primarily on a time and materials project, focused on handling whatever problems may crop up that are currently high priority to our client contacts –…

Center for Performing Arts Partnership

SEP is committed to helping the community in which we work and live. SEP is involved with the arts through the education and outreach initiatives presented by the Center for…

Developing Habits: Visualizing Daily Work

In a blog battle post earlier this week, I linked to a fairly old Lifehacker post on Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret – a simple means to visualize/motivate daily action on a…

“Get Better” – Fail

In the spirit of Getting Better – I’ll inaugurate this blog with the SEP Blog Battle. The title for this week is one near to my heart – “Get Better”,…

“Get Better” – make it uncomfortable…

The SEP Blogoff challenge this week was to write about getting better.   I had to think a little about this.   I mean, there are some good reasons that…

SEP Blog Off…

So, a few of us here at SEP are having a friendly (yet competitive) blog off with the intention of getting in the habit of blogging. The prize is simple…

“The Applebee’s of software development” – we aren’t your neighborhood waiters

This phrase, “The Applebee’s of software development”, really rings home with me.  We are not waiters!  We are extremely bright and helpful problem solvers (who happen to be passionate about software)….

Patterns for Getting Your Ideas Heard – BrownBag

Here at SEP, we have some pretty awesome engineer-led sessions…book clubs, academy courses, and brown bags (just to name a few).  Recently, I gave a brown bag on a topic that…

Happy Trails to You…

I had an epiphany a few weeks back while reading the BetterWorks Blog .  They were listing some companies that had fantastic employee perks.  Many of them cool, many of…

Get a list of Months by Locale in Android…

I was working with a client trying to decide on long and short DateFormats for an international mobile application.  (Yes, that’s a mouthful.)   I wasn’t able to quickly find…

Is your IT project portfolio feeling Bloated?

We all live in a world of scarce and limited development resources. (If you don’t call me.) At the same time the pressure to deliver more, and faster is increasing….

SEP’s First Startup Weekend

By Carolynn Andrews, Business Intern SEP hosted its first Startup Weekend, a concept pulled from Startup Weekend where individuals (in our case employees) brought product ideas and spent the weekend…

Android Handler, in a nutshell…

The most basic way to handle multiple threads is to use the standard Java threads.  I won’t cover those in detail in this series; however, there are some good docs…

Too many options for Android threads? Let me help!

As smartphones continue to gain popularity, the demand for mobile applications also continues to grow.  The increase in usage of smartphones elevated the issue of “multitasking” on mobile devices.  (I’m…

SEP Employees | Special Events

By Rebecca Luebcke, Business Intern SEP feels that special events are the best way to take a break from work and do something fun with our fellow employees. Special events…

3Q Book Review: Persuasive Business Proposals

Persuasive Business Proposals by Dr. Tom Sant What’s the point? The point of this book is to write clearly and concisely, to differentiate yourself, and to better equip yourself with…

When the Pizza Guy Delivers Chinese

Chris Shinkle’s seminar titled, “When the Pizza Guy Delivers Chinese: Seeing Value Through the Customer’s Eyes” at LeanSSC’11. This talk will show how to be successful by identifying business value…

Your Application Is Already Mobile

We’ve been planning some mobile app dev with one of our clients for several months. This is basically extending two web-based systems we’ve developed for them to mobile devices. We…

Oh yeah … I had a blog

For all (both) of you who actually read this thing, sorry. I found myself posting nothing but book reviews, and there much better sources for that kind of information than…

Lean or Kanban Will Not Save Us From Ourselves

Lean or Kanban will not save us from ourselves.  By themselves, they will not prevent us from producing software that does not deliver value to the end customer. SEP has…

SEP Ranked in the Top 20 Best Places to Work

Thursday, May 05, 2011 Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) was honored to be nominated in the top 20 Best Places to Work in Indiana. (INDIANAPOLIS) — Companies striking the right balance…

Today Mt. Hood Was Stolen!

Today is the day that I stopped thinking about doing something new, and started actually doing it.  I’m talking about Ruby on Rails. I wanted to learn something outside of…

SEP Featured in BioFutures Magazine 2011

Strong Company Culture Helps Software Engineering Professionals Succeed

Variety is not an option…

Many times I hear that people want a variety, and that variety is a good thing.  With everything – food, work, exercise, hobbies, etc. It dawned on me this morning…

How do you decide!?!

Lately I’ve found myself digging deeper into Heuristics. This is FASCINATING to me! I’ve been reading more and more about different ways that humans make decisions, and it continues to amaze me. …

SEP Nominated as a 2011 Best Place to Work

Best Places to Work in Indiana 2011 PRESS RELEASE February 22, 2011 Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) was recently named as one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in Indiana….

writing user help – Madcap Flare

Flare is a single-source content authoring and publishing application.  I have used it quite a bit in the last two years to create the help documentation and online support for…

a shift in thinking?

Is it just me, or is there a lot more emphasis on usability lately?  Not just software, everything. My time is valuable, I don’t want to waste it with mouse-clicks. …

Looking for Interns and Full Time Engineers

Come work at the Best Place in Indiana! That’s right, we said it. We are proud to have a culture with engaged employees that are both serious and relaxed. We…

SEP Moves Office – Location Information

We’re proud to announce that our new office space located at the Carmel City Center has been completed! New Address FOUR CENTER GREEN SUITE 400 CARMEL, IN 46032 Phone: 317.843.1640…