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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.

Translating Techno-Babble into Business Value

Even when people speak the same language, thoughts are often lost in translation as they become words uttered from our mouths or emails typed on computer screens.  Every day we all experience communication gaps in our personal lives, whether it be in disagreements with our spouses, instructions for our kids to clean their rooms, or in getting friends to agree with our political points of...
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Password Hashing: Protect User Information

Dear Mr. Wiedel, Welcome to yet another unsecure product, NYE-EVE-DOTCOM. Your account has been created with the following username and password: Username:   paul@solutiondesign.com Password:   ponies_are_neat Please be aware that we are not doing our part to protect your password and personal information. Any one of our employees can now see your password and give...
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Make Your Meetings Matter

When was the last time you sat in a meeting and thought, “Why am I here?” Or maybe a co-worker was glancing at their watch or the clock on the wall with an anxious expression, looking for the next opportunity to escape? Did they have another meeting to rush off to? Or perhaps they needed to attend to some urgent biological calling? On the other hand, have you called an important meeting and...
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The Best Way to Learn is to Teach

I recently volunteered to teach an internal productivity training session at sdg (we call them Communities of Practice sessions - our version of brown bags). My motive was simple - I wanted to learn how to become more productive. This may seem counter intuitive, but let me explain. sdg hires very talented and productive employees.  I am fairly comfortable facilitating a...
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The 7 Wonders of the BA World

I have an extremely cool job: I'm a business analyst. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer trying to get stuff done. I say "trying" because my own thought process constantly interrupts me. I've learned that those interruptions can actually be a good thing, and can even lead to ideas that improve the project. Here’s my list of things that I wonder about on a daily basis. 1. I...
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