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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Pairing up

Over the course of two days this week a co-worker and I paired up to work through an enhancement for our current release.  I have paired up only a little before this and I found doing it for almost the whole day to be very productive.  We covered a lot of ground and got through some demanding […]

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Career Check up

Do you periodically audit your skill-set?  At Dice we are going through an Agile Transformation lately so I have been reading and working on that a lot.  We had two days of training.  Agile Skills are definitely in demand and seem to being growing here in the Central Iowa or Des Moines marketplace. I have been […]

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We don’t need another Hero!

Does your company rely on heroic efforts to save a project from certain doom?  We would love a hero to save us but that day never comes.  We need to develop a team that can work together to complete our projects.   Playing the hero worship game doesn’t help build the team.  We all need […]

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Build the wall not the house!

We sometimes want to do too much when get something to work on.  We want to exceed what we have been asked to do.  That can sometimes lead to problems.   Recently in our Agile training we received from Arin Sime and Kent McDonald we completed an exercise with Legos.  At first thought I think we wondered […]

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Kevin Nuckolls of Banno

Learn more in a group, User Groups that is!

This week I had the opportunity to go to the local Java users group.  As a Java developer I always enjoy checking out what people are talking about.  Central Iowa Java Users Group or CIJUG as many locals call it has been around for quite a while.  Zach Cox of Pongr spoke first about Metrics. […]

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Start Stop Continue Board

Start Stop Continue

For Health Callings we are currently doing 2 week sprints.  Our transition day is Tuesday so we have our Retro and Planning.  This Tuesday our Agile Coaches Arin Sime and Kent McDonald were out so I led the session myself.  It is not too hard to pass out Sticky Note.  As Arin taught us quite […]

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