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The Reluctant or Accidental Software Development Manager

The Reluctant or Accidental Software Development Manager

Once upon a time, hardware was hardware, software was software and business was business. In those days, cross-functional fraternization was frowned upon in most organizations. About the most one could do was write a memo—and then throw it over the…

A Different Approach to Cover Letters

A Different Approach to Cover Letters

What a Hiring Manager Should See In the technical staffing side of our business, when we submit a candidate to a company we forward over at least two pieces of information: 1) a resume, and 2) a paragraph or two…

How to Determine if a Company is a Good Fit For You

How to Determine if a Company is a Good Fit For You

When looking for a job, you must determine what’s important to you. Think what you love about the job versus compensation. How do you size up a company to determine if it will be a good long-term fit for you?

Git Versus Subversion

Git Versus Subversion

Git and Subversion (SVN) are two popular free source control systems. I use them both in my daily work, and I’ve come to appreciate their differing strengths and weaknesses. This article is about my personal experiences and opinions. I’ve used…

Why Does Your Software Development Cost So Much??

Why Does Your Software Development Cost So Much??

I had a conversation recently with a C-Level executive of a small, but very successful company. He was bemoaning his relationship with software teams over the years. In so many words, he said to me, “When I oversaw software projects,…

Have Code Ready for the Interview

Have Code Ready for the Interview

Lately, I’ve been seeing a trend whereby hiring managers are asking for a code sample—either after a phone interview or even prior to the interview as part of an initial candidate review. Managers might look the code over in order…

Minimum Viable Product

Minimum Viable Product

These poor ladies… They look perfect in every detail. But at what cost? Can you imagine what time they have to start dressing? The party starts at eight o’clock. Two hours to do my hair, an hour to get into…

Great Technical Candidates Are Out There

Great Technical Candidates Are Out There

Remember the line “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men? I’ll put it as a question: “Can you handle the truth?” and then explain. Over and over, we hear about the shortage of technical employees and candidates…

When Job Descriptions Get Lost in Translation

When Job Descriptions Get Lost in Translation

My favorite recruiting situation is when I, as a recruiter, get to go to the place of business, meet with the hiring manager, and see and hear firsthand about the work being done and the specific needs of the hiring…

Stout Recognized as a Michigan Economic Bright Spot

Stout Recognized as a Michigan Economic Bright Spot

Stout Systems Recognized with Corp! Magazine’s “Michigan Economic Bright Spot” Award Ann Arbor, Mich., July 1, 2014 – Stout Systems, a leader in the software engineering consulting and technical staffing sectors, is proud to have been recognized as a “Michigan…

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