It is all in the performance

“How you do anything is how you do everything” As a big sports fan, I know how important the performance is. I wish I could say I have been impressed by my Chicago Bears football team. Their performance this year has been lacking. I am honestly rooting for a good draft pick at this point. […]

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Building Your Personal Brand

The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity, and accountability. Simon Mainwaring We each have a personal brand. Some of us work on building it while others may just let it happen. It helps to be conscious of the parts that make up your personal brand. Most of my technology friends may ignore this […]

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It is great to be here!

We are lucky to be knowledge workers and in such a healthy industry. Greg Jensen The technology sector has many great jobs to choose from. According to CompTIA there are 6.7 million people working in the US Technology sector. “A U.S. tech industry worker averages an annual wage of $105,400 compared to $51,600 for the […]

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Your Most Valuable Asset

Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying Yes too quickly and not saying No soon enough. Josh Billings I have to say as middle-aged man I have learned a few things about how hard I can push myself. With job, family, and few side pursuits, we need to take care […]

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Programmers Be Crazy!

A few years after the movie Office Space came out my brother-in-law told me I had to see it. “This is your life.” he mentioned somewhat tongue in cheek. Since he is a dentist he felt he could make fun of those of us who work in offices… In the movie, the boss of a […]

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Operations and Security Pitfalls

Operations of technology from an outsiders perspective seems quite mundane. I once heard someone refer to it as the “feeding and watering of the servers.” Like a rancher that just checks on the cattle, right! I think that might be painting an easy picture. Where in real life there are a lot of issues to […]

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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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