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Meet Our Team: TJ Rogers

Feb 12, 2019 | by Daniela Williams, Project Manager | Tags: Meet Our Team

Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick. 

This month ISE is out and about at career fairs in Iowa and Texas.  Today I'm interviewing TJ Rogers, Software Developer, and one of our newer members to the ISE team.  This week TJ was going to join Kathy Jones at the Iowa State University Engineering Spring Career Fair, but the Iowa weather kept them in Coralville.


Great Places to Work

Feb 07, 2019 | by Rich Lineback, Director of Business Development, Professional Services | Tags: Company Culture

It’s the time of year when lists of Best Places to Work to come out and, for the sixth straight year, Innovative Software Engineering has been named as one of the Top Workplaces in Iowa by the Des Moines Register.  While I’ve only been at ISE for a short time, I know as a past client of the company that it was a great place to work long before it appeared on this list.  And I am quite confident that it will remain a great place to work long after we’ve disappeared from any list.

So what makes a company a great place to work?


The Humble Build-Up Chart - Communicating with Stakeholders

Jan 31, 2019 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Many of us work in environments where the question "when will you be done with X?" matters. Some of the examples I have seen recently are:

  • The business team wants a certain set of functional enhancements as well as performance & scalability improvements. Can we get both done? Will one need to take a back seat to the other?
  • A customer has a "deployment window" that we want to hit with a certain set of functionality. Do we look like we will make it? If not, what adjustments might we make?
  • A customer wants an early warning if the cost of a project is likely to go over a certain amount.

Different Perspectives on Leadership

Jan 24, 2019 | by Hudson Ludvigson, Senior Software Engineer | Tags: Company Culture

As engineers, we love solving problems.  Anyone who has gotten deep in code knows ‘the zone’- that area where you are so deeply involved in a problem the email letting you know there is free pizza in the break room doesn’t come close to pulling you out of your seat.  Seeing your code work successfully and making things happen fires off an endorphin rush that attending a planning meeting doesn’t match.  If you perform your engineering duties at a high enough level, chances are you will be viewed as a go-to person on key matters and might even start mentoring others.  Inevitably, your employer looks at you and brings up that magical word some careers careen towards – Leadership.