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sdg Celebrates 20 Years Watching Saints Baseball

Last Friday, sdg’ers and their families celebrated our 20th year cheering on the  St. Paul Saints  at Midway Stadium. To keep the tradition of tailgating alive, our group of over 250 people came together to grill burgers and brats, get our faces painted, toss bean bags and socialize before the game. In recognition of sdg’s 20-year anniversary hosting this event, the Saints allowed...
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The Passion Paradox: Why Following Your Passion Isn't Always the Best Advice

I’ve always been told that following your passion is the best way to truly love what you do. When I was younger, I loved to write, draw and talk about sports. I thought I wanted to be an author, designer or sportscaster. Some said I should follow those passions. Cal Newport , author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You , argues differently. In his book, Newport set out to answer the question:...
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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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