Strengthening your scrum team through consistency

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I’m sure your scrum teams are already doing the standard ceremonies (backlog grooming, sprint planning, daily stand-ups, etc.), but how many of these are happening at the same time and the same place every week or every other week? Hopefully, your answer is “All of them.” If not, this is the first thing to change. A team that has a predictable set of meetings on their calendar will be more efficient. Expectations must be clear, … Continued

War on Talent

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Hey Hiring Manager, I’m watching you lose the war on talent. Your inbox may be flooded with resumes that you’re trying desperately to get to, but the candidate you need has just accepted another position as you were “getting to those resumes”. Does this keep you up at night? I know sifting through resumes, scheduling phone screens, conducting face-to-face interviews, looping back with interviewer number 2, and catching up with interviewer number 5 is not … Continued

Soft Skills in IT are More Important Than Ever

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Kevin and Bob’s developer chops are important, of course. Friendly won’t get the job done without the accompanying skill. But the industry’s wide acceptance of a collaborative, iterative Agile approach to project management means that we require more of Bob and Kevin than just proof of their technical pedigree and how many programming languages they know. That is where soft skills come in. You probably associate soft skills with attributes like “good communicator”, “team player”, … Continued

Company Culture: Why is it so important?

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According to Business Insider, an average American will spend 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, and of those working Americans, 87% have no passion for their job. Why spend so much of your life working in a job you are either not passionate about, or in a company you do not connect with? Not every company is right for every person, that is why it is essential to understand the company culture before applying, … Continued

Scratching the Surface of Job Hunting with Social Media

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More individuals are on social media in a day than read a print newspaper or magazine. The days of print advertising for businesses is starting to come to a dark end as enterprises target you via social media. Why should your job search be any different? When is the last time you circled a job opportunity in the “Wanted Ads” section of the local paper? The most likely answers are: never or a very long … Continued

Technology Profession Salary vs. State Average

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Today we are taking a look at where you will get the most out of being in the Technology Industry; the top two cities may surprise you.  In many states, technology professionals are earning more than state average salaries according to business.org. Why do you ask? It may have something to do with every single business possessing a technological need to survive in today’s world: from POS machines in restaurants to email servers in a … Continued

Top Programming Languages to Know and Why?

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Top 10 programming, scripting and markup languages in 2018 according to Stack Overflow: What does this tell us? If you are in the programming or developing field, you will want to be aware of the direction in which this market is headed. JavaScript has stayed at the top of the list for the past several years as most used language; which implies most individuals in this field is already familiar with this language. However, Python … Continued

Our Guide to Gathering Information on Job Requirements

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Then as you start to read the job description several questions immediately come up that will help you identify the right candidate for the position.  You either ask the questions while in your daily meetings or call the salesperson for the information – They respond with,  “Hmmm, let me check into it. I’ll get right back to you!” Unfortunately, this scenario is not uncommon in the fast-paced, high-pressure recruiting world. Everyone is busy, and time … Continued