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Software Requirements

At the bottom of the garbage-in-garbage-out food chain we find requirements. Software and Web application development projects fail an extraordinary percentage of the time due to poor requirements—as much as 47% according to a study performed by the Project Management Institute (http://bit.ly/inf-6-6-4). Think about it—this has nothing to do with the talent of developers, the efficacy of the development process, or the … [Read more...]

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LinkedIn Profiles Make a Difference

The other day I followed up with a hiring manager regarding a resume I had forwarded to him. His response was, "Yep, I reviewed the resume and looked him up on LinkedIn." It's becoming more and more common for hiring managers to receive a resume and then immediately look the person up on LinkedIn. I have to admit, I often do it myself. So, why the rush to review their LinkedIn profile when you've got the lion's share of the candidate's … [Read more...]

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The Accidental or Reluctant Software Development Manager – Seminar Series 1

Stout Invites You to the First in a Series of Educational Workshops for The Accidental or Reluctant Software Development Manager Stout Systems is pleased to announce the first in a series of educational workshops geared towards what we call “The Accidental or Reluctant Software Development Manager”—someone who has been thrust into the role of managing a software development team, often against their wishes and with no formal training in the … [Read more...]

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Paying Technical Debt

The concept of "technical debt" has become a popular metaphor in software development in recent years. The idea boils down to the fact that the quality or maintainability of a codebase decreases over time, and you need to spend time refactoring or updating to keep the "debt" at a manageable level. The "debt" part of the metaphor came about because it can be entirely reasonable to write low quality code (take out a loan) to accomplish short … [Read more...]