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The sdg Blog is designed to show you who we are and what we're all about. Whether you're looking to read up on the latest technologies, trying to improve your soft skills, or wondering what we've been up to, our blog offers something for everybody.

You Say Vanilla, I Say Value

Vanilla software development, for the purpose of this post, is the most common and mainstream way to make a decision. If software architecture were the savanna, vanilla would be in the middle of the herd of thundering wildebeest. Vanilla is so common that developers are not excited about it. Vanilla isn’t the absolute newest version of anything. Vanilla doesn’t have the new features that...
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Motivation: The Key to a Successful Team

“Tomorrow I’m going to start eating better.” “Tomorrow I’m going to start exercising.” “Tomorrow I’m going to write that blog.” “Tomorrow…” Sometimes it’s difficult to find the motivation to do things that aren’t exactly easy, even if we know they  should  be done. Motivation is a topic that we read about, talk about, and try to figure out how to put into practice during our...
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Courage vs. Conformity

Within the organizations we work for, many of us are empowered as decision-makers. Whether we’re executives, directors, managers, engineers, administrative staff, or working on the assembly line, we’re told that we have the ability to effect change; to make decisions and to change the company for the better. Many companies will extol the virtues of “being empowered,” to bring ownership to...
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sdg e-Mentors Students Interested in Technology

This spring, sdg volunteers participated in the BestPrep eMentors Program for the first time, and found it to be very rewarding. The eMentors Program partners high school students with business volunteers to help kids prepare for the work environment. Since the program can be tailored to meet different curricula, sdg’ers were paired with 32 students from a Computer Programming class in...
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Make a PACT© with Your Agile Team: Part 1 of 6

Agile. We’ve all heard about it. Some project managers and teams love it. Some hate it. Many are uneasy about how it might change the way we get things done. Much of this uneasiness comes from a fundamental lack of understanding about what Agile actually is, and what it has to offer. Often, even teams that have already “gone fully Agile,” don’t actually understand what it is, confusing its...
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