3Q Book Review: The Return of the Mentor

The Return of the Mentor by Brian J. Caldwell and Earl M. A. Carter What’s the point? For me, this book really drove home 2 major points – new-comers benefit…

5 Content Tips to Make Your Blog Articles Impressively Awesome

Last night I went to a Customer Experience Marketing (CXM) seminar at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The free food was amazing, but even better were the presenters. While…

My Summer Experience at SEP Thus Far

Austin Hunkin is a Business Intern and a student at Indiana University studying Finance at the Kelley School of Business. Why Software Engineering Professionals? I asked myself that question when…

Changing the Total Cost Discussion

Discussions with client representatives concerning hourly rates can be frustrating. The belief that an hour of any person’s (or supplier’s) time is exactly the same as any other is like…

MoraleApp Customer Service Aided by Zapier

Hayden Paschen is a Business Intern and a student at Indiana University studying Informatics and Computer Science along with Business. While working on customer service for the MoraleApp I needed…

Failure is Part of Success

I did my tenth Toastmasters speech today which fulfill the requirements for a Competent Communicator Award Here is the speech: “Thomas Edison once said, I have not failed, I’ve just…

3 Hard Steps on How to Fail (you probably can’t do them)

I have many friends who cannot help but win. Everything they do seems to blossom, and sometimes I wonder if they might not be descended from King Midas in some…

SEP: The Next 25 Years

We had a great time in New Orleans for the 25th Anniversary celebration. A few employees asked me where we were going for the 30th.  Given the way I’m wired…

Passionately Driven Development

I started programming because I needed to solve a problem. My former employer was a small college on the south-east side of Indianapolis and they kept all their student’s academic…

Personal Motivation Driven Development

I wanted to feel like I’ve done something cool. You know, something I might be known for. Even if by only a few people outside of my usual network. And…

Fresh Out of Hope? Not Hardly!

It’s been a busy week here at SEP; we’ve had a lot of new faces join us. Seven interns and two new hires in one day (oh and there was another…

Tips for Designers Fresh Out of School

There are already a bunch of articles on the interwebs with advice for designers fresh out of school, so I wanted to share the technical skills I wished I had…

You have to start somewhere

I started fresh in at SEP on Monday and by Tuesday the bananas were fresh out. Fellow new guy Jackson and I were tasked with our first project on Monday…

Ride the Wave

The beginning of summer at SEP usually means new hires.  While a few newbs come from other companies with experience already (so they aren’t really newbs), a lot we hire…

The 30 Second Standup

Originally posted on Matt Swanson’s website The Three Pillars of Standup Meetings: What did you do yesterday? What are you doing today? What is blocking your progress? Everyone stands in…