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Finding balance

How do you find balance with your life and your career?  I would say I have been pretty fortunate with my various stops in my career.  I have had to put in some long hours at times but, overall it has been good.  I know former co-workers who chased more money and got stuck working […]

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Embracing new technologies

Today I used Bitbucket for the first time.  I was first exposed to github a year ago at a Startup Weekend.  I thought that was very different from the CVS I was using as the time.  Software Configuration Management is side of software development that can bring out strong opinions.  I first started using Visual […]

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Technical interview question that stumped me!

In my recent job change I had a lot of interviews.  A few of these were technical interviews.  In the development field some companies attack the technical interview in a different way.  I can see the value of asking certain questions with Junior Programmers.  I have looked at some resumes that screamed I just copied […]

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Do you have a sales hat?

Many of us in IT don’t know how to market ourselves very well.  Even if we try to be analytical about all decisions we must understand that persuasion is always important.  I was recently having coffee with a friend who is in Technical Sales.  He reminded me to work on your sales skills in whatever […]

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New beginnings, familiar faces

Yesterday I began a new job at Zirous here in West Des Moines.  It is new and familiar all at the same time.  I worked at the same company under a different name.  When I got out of Iowa State University I worked at then Cisco Inc for a few years.  Since then the name […]

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Pragmatic Programmer

Programmer’s Bookshelf

Every profession has the classic books that most professionals have read.  The field of software development is no different.  When you first start in a field you begin to notice people will quote a lot from certain books.  There is a book that really resonates with me.  The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David […]

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Do you have a Mentor?

Do you have a Mentor?  I know some organizations have a formal Mentoring program.  I can see the value of the that in a large organization that has an established culture.  This would be a great way for people coming up through the ranks to learn the corporate process.  I have worked in mostly small […]

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IT Profile: Brandon Carlson

Name: Brandon Carlson Current Position:  IT Nerd/Agile Coach at Lean TECHniques, Inc. IT Background:  I started out slinging code on my Vic 20 in 1983 (ok, ok, copying programs out of magazines and hoping they worked). It was clear to me that my future was going to be in technology. I started off my career coding C++ and […]

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Are we over engineering?

I recently was meeting with a person who isn’t in the field of Software development.  He was relating a story of friend who was in software development.  This friend was comparing his work with another software developer who will spend time constantly re-working his designs.  As we work more in our field of specialty we […]

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IT Leader Profile

I have wanted to profile some IT Leaders for some time.  Now that I have a blog it is a great place to do this.  I thought the best person to profile first is me!  I can work out all the kinks with me and be ready for the next profile. Name: Tom Henricksen Current […]

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