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Briana Hoffman, Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager

Briana Hoffman, Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager
Briana Hoffman is a Senior Software Engineer, currently providing custom software and support for one of ISE’s long term customers. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Briana enjoys all types of problem solving from meeting customer needs to team organization and optimization. In her free time she enjoys mentoring a high school FIRST Robotics, volunteering, and learning languages.

Recent Posts

Reasons to Be a Sustainable Business

Nov 15, 2019 | by Briana Hoffman, Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager | Tags: Company Culture

Recently I was talking to my daughter, an Iowa State materials engineering student, about her internship options.  She was interested in a particular engineering design firm because they specialize in sustainable designs. I was surprised to hear that this was one of her major considerations.  A quick Google search showed that going green is one way to attract and retain talent, especially Millennials. One study showed that 64% of Millennials consider a business’ social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work

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It All Started With a Compostable Cup

Aug 22, 2019 | by Briana Hoffman, Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager | Tags: Company Culture

On an unusually cold spring morning in April, my husband and I volunteered to hand out water at the RUN CRANDIC race to raise money for local schools.  When all the runners had passed, we were told to put only the cups in the special garbage bags because they were compostable. Compostable cups? I had never heard of such a thing, but it seemed environmentally friendly. It made me happy.

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The Perils of Project Estimation

Sep 05, 2017 | by Briana Hoffman, Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager | Tags: Agile

The Hardest Part of Software Project Management

I have been a software engineer and project manager for over 20 years. Can you guess what I’ve found to be the hardest part of managing software engineer projects? It isn’t persuading the engineers to put aside their running shoes and holey T-shirts for customer visits. It’s not riot prevention when the coffee pot breaks down. It’s figuring out how much it’s going to cost to build the software and then persuading the customer that that’s really how much it costs to build the software. As a rule of thumb, if the price feels right the first time you hear it, it’s too low.

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Culture of Appreciation

May 10, 2016 | by Briana Hoffman, Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager | Tags: Company Culture

I'll start with a story. Many years ago in the first few days of my marriage, a seemingly small event opened my eyes to a truth that has become one of the most important principles that I live by. 

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