Changing the Way Companies Innovate

Chris Shinkle’s presentation at World Usability Day at IUPUI Campus, Indianapolis, IN.

Meet Brad, Application Development Architect

You have an extensive background, what are some of the favorite things you’ve worked on in the past? Connected Car, especially the inference and machine learning in this domain. Predicting…

Adventures in Documentation

[raw] [/raw] Auto-generating documentation for a RESTful Java API project Generating documentation for a RESTful API can be a tedious task. Keeping it up-to-date can be a challenge, especially in…

TEDxIndy 2015

October 20, 2015 Since I was the first to lay claim to Raman’s TEDxIndy ticket this year, I thought I would go and take a bunch of notes and share my…

What? So What? Now What?

Tips for Effective Visualization presented by Larry Maccherone at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP)

Ten #Failed Forecasting Plan Assumptions

Tips for Why Forecasting Fails by Troy Magennis presented at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP).

How Big is IoT?

Since this is my first blog post at SEP I should probably explain the title of my blog “Another Cloud Joke and the Internet of What?”.  I have been working…

SEP Event: Tips for Effective Visualization and Why Forecasting Fails

Location: SEP’s Building | Studio Theatre | 4 Center Green | Carmel, IN Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:00 PM         Registration  5:30 PM        …

10 Years of Agile

Presented by Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP)

Why Professional Development v2?

Why Professional Development? Professional Development (PD) is vital to SEP’s business and culture. PD keeps us current and able to win new projects PD improves our ability to deliver software…

From Jokes to Critiques: Feedback the Way You Want It

Unintentional Metaphors So I had this ah-ha moment yesterday while sitting on my couch with my fiancé. He was reading to me what I think was a ridiculous thread of Reddit…

The Visual Design of meHive

Now that the meHive project has been retired, I thought now would be a good time to go back and take a look at a few bits of the visual…

2015 Purdue Grad Andrew Dunlap’s Tips for Students

How did you hear about SEP? Completely by accident. I was browsing Purdue’s job fair catalog and saw a company named Software Engineering Professionals and thought to myself, “Those are…

SEP Event: 10 Years of Agile

Wednesday, September 23rd | 3:00pm – 4:30pm Agile transformation, Agile adoption, Agile implementations…Topics discussed in many books, blogs and conference presentations. But what does it look like in “real life”?…

2014 RHIT Grad Giuliana Watson’s Tips for Students

We asked Giuliana, recent RHIT grad, some questions about her experiences joining SEP… How did you hear about SEP? My mom is big in the Agile world, and she had…

Your Home Is About To Get Smarter and Safer

The Internet of Things (IoT) shows no sign of slowing down. As an industry-leading provider of home security solutions, Allegion™ is focused on identifying ways to employ the IoT concept…

Book Review: Predicting the Unpredictable – Pragmatic approaches to estimating project schedule or cost by Johanna Rothman

Synopsis On every software project I have been on I’ve been asked 2 questions, “how much does it cost?” and “When will it be done?”. One would think that given…

Mothballing VLAT

Be deliberate.  It’s probably the thing I soapbox about second only to continuous feedback.  In line with practicing what I preach I have to make an announcement.  Recently in agreement…

JDRF Walk to Cure Kickoff – From 1 to None

SEP is a sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – JDRF. Several of us attended the JDRF Walk to Cure Kickoff lunch today. In addition to some very moving speakers…

The Research Behind the Making of MeHive

Social Science and Relationship Management First pitched as Woo Who at one of our earliest StartUp Weekends, SEP began a project, MeHive, which was a relationship management tool. This project…

SEP Announces New Corporate Partner

Camptown welcomes Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) to the Camptown family as a Mt. McKinley Sponsor.  SEP, an employee-owned local software product design and development company, was started in 1988 by…

meHive, an experiment in product development

From time to time, SEP makes forays into product development.  As a service company, we face many challenges as we do this, the single biggest challenge being allocation of dedicated…

A different kind of retro…

This week I facilitated a retrospective for a project that I wasn’t involved with. Immediately after the retro, I asked a few people for their input on how the retro…

Diving into Watir

I’ve worked on several web-based applications in the past, and the same problem keeps cropping up: Can we automate the full system level tests? This answer tends to lean more…

Mutation Testing – Totally a Thing

Reposted from the original host Mutation Testing Mutation testing is a way to verify that your code is covered by tests. Oh? Go on… “What, like code coverage?” you may…

Meet the New SEP Interns

Emma Caraher Software Engineering Intern School: Purdue Major: Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science Working On: Web Application to Manage Construction Machinery When I discovered SEP almost two years ago at…

The Intern and New Hire Summer Reading List

1. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master The Pragmatic Programmer is widely considered as one of the most important books for developers. Even though it was written over 10…

SEP Hosts Indiana’s First Site in International Space Apps Challenge

NASA and other global space agencies participated in the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, held April 11-12, 2015 at more than 135 locations worldwide. Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) hosted…

Requirements, Product Ownership, and Other Misunderstood Concepts in Agile Development

Jeff Patton presents a shortened version of “Requirements, Product Ownership, and Other Misunderstood Concepts in Agile Development” for Software Engineering Professionals (SEP).

Brad Snodgrass is a SEPeer!

We’re excited to welcome Brad Snodgrass to SEP as a Software Engineer! Brad has been helping us with web security for a medical client’s software. A few interesting things about…

Six Keys to More Successful Projects through Visualization

Many companies are going through Agile transformations, however most struggle to achieve a lasting impact. Teams often struggle to gain clarity, improve accountability, or realize measurable progress. Traditional tools have…

You Can’t Manage What You Can’t See

You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. And you know what it means – pictures convey so much more about people or an idea you’re…

SEP Voted Indianapolis Star 2015 Top Workplace

SEP has been named a 2015 Indianapolis Star Top Workplace. In association with Workplace Dynamics, The Indianapolis Star identified 85 Central Indiana companies for the award measuring employee opinions on…

SEP’s Chris Shinkle Among TechPoint’s Inaugural Tech 25

Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at SEP, has been recognized as an inaugural member of TechPoint’s Tech 25. TechPoint has been a core member of Indiana’s technology foundation since 2006….

Giuliana Watson is an SEPeer!

We’re excited to welcome Giuliana Watson to SEP as a Software Engineer! Giuliana will be helping us with a super cool project (elaborate single page web app in Java with a…

The Future is Optional

Matt Swanson made a post[1] on his blog concerning the Optional type[2]. I think it’s pretty good; go ahead and read it. The gist is that the Optional type allows…

What’s the Deal with Kanban?

“What’s the Deal with Kanban?” is presented by Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP).

Reading Lately – Carrots, Sticks, and Motivation

I was recently inspired by a blogger named Maya. She has a section on her blog called “Reading Lately” where she posts books/articles that she has recently read, or is…

Ollert Is Now Open Source

Ollert, the Trello data analytics tool, has been open sourced under GNU Affero GPL v3.0. The source code can be found on Github and I’ve already accepted several pull requests….

Creating a portable JDK with PowerShell

At times, I’ve found myself wanting to have a specific JDK available without installing another version of Java. Past reasons include wanting to test multiple Java versions on the same…

Updating TimeZone in SharePoint 2013 through Powershell

It happens. One of the settings in SharePoint gets overlooked. SharePoint has been up and running for over a year and no one really noticed that every new site was…

SEP Selected as a 2015 Best Places to Work in Indiana Finalist

SEP has been named by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. The 100 companies selected were chosen out of a record…

Managing a Go Environment in Ubuntu

Many moons ago, I wrote about setting up a Go environment in Ubuntu. After writing that post, I dropped Go development for nearly a year. Today I run the Indy…

Personal Meditations on Software

I’ve been reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. I haven’t gotten far, but I like the concept of “thoughts addressed to yourself”. So when I came across Sean Cassidy’s post on collecting…

Creating Debian Files by Hand

As part of some recent project work, our team encountered the need to install an application remotely to a set of internationally spread developers using an Ubuntu environment. So to…

1. Big Data. 2. Now what?

True confessions: I am learning R, finally, after living and loving SPSS for many years. I am no expert in Big Data, having only been responsible for about 40GBs (about…

Jeanine Brosch is an SEPeer!

We are very excited to welcome Jeanine Brosch to SEP! We have known Jeanine for several years through various projects, and we are excited she has decided to join us…

2015 – Looking Ahead

The beginning of each year is often the time to look back on the previous and speak about the future. At our last company meeting we announced Raman Ohri’s promotion…

Lessons learned from Moving from ASP.NET Webforms to ASP.NET MVC.

A few months ago a client came to us and asked for our help with rewriting a couple of their high volume pages in ASP.NET MVC. The current application was written…

Raman Ohri Appointed President of SEP

Carmel, IN – Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), a leader in custom software development, announces the appointment of Raman Ohri as President. Jeff Gilbert, previously in this role, will remain as…