October 25, 2017
Leveraging Docker to Create a Dev Environment

This isn't a primer on Docker, containers, virtual machines, system resources, or anything like that. All of that has been written about extensively elsewhere. This is about getting local development environments up and running, fast. When I stumbled upon Docker, at first I thought it was something like Composer or NPM because I could "install […]

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October 20, 2017
Training Your Technical Recruiter

In an ideal world, all of the jobs coming your way from your Technical Recruiter would be an exact match to your skill set, salary desires, career aspirations, and geography. But let's face it, in many instances that's simply not the case. So, if you're suffering from Job Description Mismatch Syndrome, then it may be […]

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September 27, 2017
Tech Stack Modernization, Volume 2: Angular

In Tech Stack Modernization, Volume 1, I discussed why I'm evaluating new clientside frameworks, and I listed my goals and requirements. You'll note that I prefer small focused libraries over kitchen sink frameworks, which is part of the reason I like Knockout.JS so much. Because of that preference, Angular was a bit of a tough […]

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September 20, 2017
Make Your Resume Stand Out with a Little Color

When digging for gold, sifting through resumes can often be a high-volume proposition for hiring managers. After hours of reviewing job histories and skills matrixes, resumes can sometimes begin to blur together. Yes, there will be the handful of stand-out resumes due to superlative skills and experiences, but how about giving yourself an added advantage […]

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August 30, 2017
Tech Stack Modernization, Volume 1

How do you know when you need to take the considerable effort of choosing a new tech stack? There can be a number of signs: Finding new developers willing to work on your stack is getting harder. Newer stacks promise (and hopefully deliver) better performance, faster development or better user experience. Your current stack is […]

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August 23, 2017
The Grass Is Green

The tech industry is a continually shifting landscape. Some years it will be rich with opportunity. During those times candidates will have a lot to choose from. Other years, companies are tightening their belts with fewer opportunities being offered. Likewise, the candidate pool waxes and wanes, going from a lot of great candidates searching for […]

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July 27, 2017
DICE reports 40% of the tech workforce is going to be interviewing in 2017

The DICE Tech Salary Survey was released late in March. I've been behind on my reading, so it wasn't until recently that I got a chance to dig into it. One of the most surprising data points in it was: "Overall technology salaries in the U.S. were essentially flat year-over-year (-1%), at $92,081 annually from […]

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July 21, 2017
What Difference Will You Make to Your Industry?

Recently I submitted a candidate for a robotics position. He wasn't a clear fit given his particular skills and background, but certainly close enough for consideration. My client was of the same mind—the candidate's skills were in an analogous field, but his background was medical robotics (surgical equipment) and my client's was all-terrain robotics. So, […]

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May 15, 2017
Stout Announces Free Workshop: User-Centered Design for Software Development Managers

May 15, 2017 – Ann Arbor, Mich. – Stout Systems, a leader in both the software engineering consulting and technical staffing sectors, is pleased to announce the next in a series of free educational workshops geared towards Software Development Managers and those responsible for managing software projects. During the course of Stout’s business, they often […]

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April 4, 2017
John W. Stout, President and Founder of Stout Systems - 1957–2017

April 4, 2017 – Ann Arbor, Mich. – With deepest regrets, Stout Systems announces the passing of John W. Stout, Founder and President of Stout Systems Development, Inc. John was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2016. He put up a valiant fight against the disease, which eventually became resistant to treatment. John was very […]

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