When everyone is WFH

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Check In Ever heard ‘Out of sight, out of mind‘? Like most sayings it’s borne of more than a little truth. Our teams may be full of productive individuals, but it’s important to remember that they are just that: a team. No one can succeed day after day in a vacuum.  Even if you have a normal daily checkpoint such as a standup, consider setting up a dedicated time for your team to just “check … Continued

Culture, Community and our Commitment

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The culture we have cultivated at Solu Technology Partners is one that we take great pride in. Being in the “Recruiting Industry”, we are in the business of people; and people have values that are important to them. At Solü Technology Partners we believe it is important to honor the values of our employees. One way we achieve this is by getting involved with the organizations or causes that our employees are passionate about.  “Alone … Continued

Changing Seasons, Changing Careers

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When do you know that you are ready for a career change? Think about the driving factors of what leads you to the next steps. What do you want in a work environment? What are your goals? What do you want to spend your time doing at work? Are you inspired or content? I was recently introduced to the book, The Coffee Bean by Jon Gordon. It was purchased and read in about 20 minutes.  … Continued

Business Analyst – The Team’s Interpreter

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The reality, of course, is that what an analyst does depends on several factors. It depends on the needs of the project and the team, on the norms of the company, and it depends on the expertise of the analyst. Throughout my BA career, I have provided a wide array of analyst services, from traditional ‘requirements gathering and analysis’ to more non-traditional data analysis and validation. I have facilitated meetings, maintained and prioritized work backlogs, … Continued

Why do I need a Project Manager?

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Why Do I need a Project Manager on my team? We are often asked why we would want to utilize a Project Manager or are they necessary for the project? Before we dive into why you need a PM, let’s look at what a Project Manager does outside of the definition listed above using the Five W’s: Who is a Project Manager? Prior to going out into the real world, I had never heard of … Continued

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