Common Engineer Issues

Working as a software engineer for many years I have heard many of these refrains. In fact, I have said many of these too. We seem to get fixated on certain things and complain about them. Growing up in a small town developers are similar to farmers who every time they meet complain about the […]

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Understanding Business Stakeholders

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Khalil Gibran As I speak to many co-workers who have younger children I often think about my experiences as a parent. Having two kids I have a shared understanding and empathy. The many stages you go through with children bring about great learning […]

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More than a paycheck: Salary and Benefits

Technology has long been a sector that is paid well. With that though comes some pressure to perform and figure out some challenging problems. I would say each company is different in how they pay. Some companies just essentially have their salary where others offer stock options or other benefits. In a phrase, we could […]

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Finding the right fit for you

Technology teams are not all made of developers. It takes many different types to make technology work and change the way we want. We need a full complement of skills and styles to get everything working together. Let’s discuss a few ways to help you find your right place within the team. Depth We can […]

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Titles, Departments, and other things in IT

I am always amazed talking to people who don’t understand what goes on in Information Technology or IT. Most people who have never worked in this department believe it is just made up of developers and help desk technicians. Of course, they have a few stereotypes about all of us as well. Architecture Architecture is […]

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How does technology work in an organization?

As you start your career in technology you might wonder about the big picture. How do all the pieces work together? What does the CIO do? How does the CTO fit into the picture? Depending on where you come into the technology organization you may have different vantage points. My first role was a “Programmer/Analyst” […]

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Cultivating the Agile Mindset

Someone explained to me how agile and Scrum are not perfect. One thing they can do however is revealing your problems. Some organizations do a good job of hiding the problem or pretending it doesn’t exist. I spoke to an executive recently about a project that had you might say, “gone off the rails.” As […]

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What’s next in Agile?

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha Just like in Detroit where the automakers come out with new models, the world of agile comes out with improvements on the development methodology. As we use maybe Scrum or Kanban we find additional practices […]

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Are we AgileFall?

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald Organizations are like people. They are all unique. Having two children I have learned how different they can be. Our oldest daughter enjoys quiet time […]

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Making the remote team agile

The agile manifesto calls for “individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Remote teams have to work at creating more interactions. Technology has helped this in recent years. Many agile coaches will tell you that your team needs to be co-located. Although many companies seem to make it work. You can run into some challenges […]

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