Pants-less Driven Development – culture matters!

Here at SEP, we talk about our culture and our people…A LOT.  But we back it up with all kinds of events, gatherings, and trips.  These things typically involve food,…

Blog Battle: Narrative Driven Development

Narrative Driven Development If your team has adopted Test Driven Development you may have noticed one of the pain points is that in a reasonably complex system it can become difficult to…

Value Driven Development

When it comes to developing software, you can play buzzword bingo with the processes and methodologies thrown around:  Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Acceptance Test Driven Development, Feature Driven Development, etc.  Some…

Self Driven Development

One of the biggest challenges I have as a designer is how to stay fresh and creative over the span of my entire career — how to stay creative in…

Deadline-Driven Development

Deadlines. We’ve all run into them. We might be talking about a project at work or filing our taxes each year. But deadlines usually get a bad rap. Everyone loves…

SEP at 50?

You may be thinking to yourself “Wait? I thought SEP was celebrating the 25th anniversary this year?” You’d be right. But we’ve been asked to think about what the future…

Blog Battle: The Next 25 Years

A lot of folk may look to 25 years from now with some level of optimism. I ain’t sayin’ they’s wrong, what with them fancy nanotechnologies and printin’ human organs…

Graphic Design in the Next 25 Years

So much has changed in the field of graphic design in the past 25 years, and I’m sure much will change in the next 25. Maybe we will be able…

Where Do You See Yourself in 25 Years?

SEP is celebrating its 25th anniversary of being in business.  Employees of all experiences are reminiscing on the past and speculating on the future. Do you remember when someone (usually a…

SEP Celebrates 25 Years of Culture, Good Practices, and Vision

Hitting the 25-year milestone at SEP is a source of pride. We have built a great company proving that it can and will last. For me, I hit the second…

To Fail or Not to Fail

If you’ve been on this planet longer than a few minutes, then you know how to actively fail. A baby learning that he can control that thing on the end…

How to Fail Creatively

Every so often I find myself having designer’s block. The inspiration is just not there and my creative magic has been depleted. When faced with this block in the past,…

How to Fail, The 500 Blog Battle

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Blog Battle: How to Flail

History Flails have been used as agricultural tools for centuries, typically to thresh grains such as wheat and help separate the chaff, leaving the kernel for consumption or further processing…

How To Fail At Technical Leadership

Most people in technical leadership got there because they demonstrated excellence doing technical things. Unfortunately, technical leadership is a completely different job. It can certainly be learned, but some lessons…

“How to fail” – by avoiding failure…

Why do we, as humans, keep doing the same thing over and over again?  Albert Einstein would call that, insanity. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and…

[I Don’t Know] How to Fail

Except, I suppose, for not trying. “Do or do not; there is no try.” Yoda Test: Given that I am alive, and alive is all about trying, we will ignore…

Failure behind a curtain helps performers to shine in the spotlight

In any profession involving performance (like music or sports), the professionals practice out of sight of their audience. They practice to get better. They push their limits and try things…

How to Fail (The Working Mom Version)

SEP Blog Battle 500 starts with writing about How to Fail. Great! Something we can all relate to! So I bring to you “How to Fail (The Working Mom Version)”,…

How to [Fail to] Get a Job at SEP

When we go to college career fairs, professors will often ask us to come give talks to their classes about something useful. After one of these requests, I was contemplating…

SEP Recipient of 2013 NCEO Innovations Award

News Release — May 8, 2013 On Thursday, April 25, the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the Beyster Institute at UCSD’s Rady School of Management announced the winners…

SEP ranks as the Fifth Best Place to Work in Indiana for Medium-Sized Businesses

May 2, 2013 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Companies that have set the standard for workplace excellence were recognized before a crowd of more than 1,200 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis….

That Wasn’t So Bad

Have you ever feared giving someone bad news? Perhaps you needed to tell a friend that you lost something you had borrowed from them? Or perhaps you needed to tell…