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Underestimate the Working Agreement at Your Peril

Nov 21, 2019 | by Anthony Bopp, Senior Validation Engineer | Tags: Agile

The working agreement is perhaps the most important output of a self-organizing team. It defines how we operate as a well-functioning unit, and gives us permission to hold ourselves accountable to the pursuit of excellence.


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


Meet Our Team: Tricia Buchholz

Nov 07, 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 time of year "giving" has an added focus at ISE and  around the world.  In honor of that, today I'm interviewing Tricia Buchholz, ISE's Accounting Manager, and the co-lead of our Philanthropy Committee.  


Turning Stress Into an Advantage

Oct 31, 2019 | by Anthony Bopp, Senior Validation Engineer | Tags: Agile

As Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches, we are constantly on the lookout for signs of stress on our teams. It’s common to think of “stress” in negative terms, but in fact it’s not always a bad thing. Stress actually comes in two flavors, and one of them is essential to growth, happiness, and emotional well-being.