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I’m Not Working, I’m Learning.

While talking with my roommates the other night, the topic of career paths came up. My roommates are all engineers in some regard, and as a result, they each have a decently defined career path. I, on the other hand, continue to think about what my career path as a …

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The Leadership Gap

I have a story to tell about leadership. Actually, it’s about the lack of leadership, and how that percolates through an entire organization. It was my first official project management gig. I worked within the IT organization of a large company. First by chance and then by preference, I became …

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How Politics Made Me a Better Consultant

In the “not Seilevel” part of my life, I help run a Texas grassroots political organization. I’ve been a member of the administrator group for several years. In addition to all our offline activities (meet the candidate events, volunteer events, volunteer training, get-out-the-vote activities, and charity drives) we run an …

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Is Your Project Truly Agile?

Agile and Waterfall. Agile is the topic of many blogs just like this. People will tell you horror stories about their experiences with Agile. People spend hours at a time researching and debating about which is the better development method. Some people say waterfall development is a thing of the past. …

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Be Active in your Career

I once had someone tell me that I am the only one who owns my career. No one else is under any obligation to help me grow, to help me learn more, to do what it takes to get to the next step. Those are words that are so true. …

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Hire for Talent over Experience

Seilevel has fairly selective hiring practices (we hire less than 2% of the people who submit resumes and apply with us).   I estimate that I’ve been involved in the hiring decisions of over 50 people, most of whom I interviewed directly.  Without giving too much away, every candidate who interviews …

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