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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.

Soul Power: The Importance of a Project's "Soul"

In the consulting world, you are often brought on to a project where the vision and goal have already been determined and masterminded. The client brings on development resources to execute the vision and project management resources to manage and maintain momentum. Unfortunately, the soul of a project, or its purpose and meaning to the organization, can be lost in the myriad of details and...
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The Do's and Don'ts of Presenting to Executives

From time to time, it’s necessary to present to senior leaders or executives in our company. Often times these leaders are characterized as being so busy that they can be difficult to pin down, have multiple business areas that they are juggling, and oversee significant swaths of the company’s operations. When asked to present to leaders at an Executive or Director level, many people fail...
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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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