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  • Turning Vision into Reality

    Kelly May, Sr. Director of Global Marketing and Special Projects, and Liz Schimmer, Marketing Director serving Vaco Nashville, explain the process, initiative, and turning a dream space into reality for both Vaco’s National Headquarters and the local Vaco Nashville team to live. Upon entering Vaco...

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  • Agile Transformations Need Leadership Everywhere!

    In Agile organizations and teams, we continue to teach the importance of emphasizing leadership over management and teamwork over individual accomplishment.  My question today is what intentional actions are we taking to achieve this vital goal? From my vantage point, the answer is simple.  We sho...

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  • Enhancing EQ Through Empathy

    Earlier this year my colleague Steve Shoemake shared a blog called The Culture Change. In this blog he shared a simple four-pronged EQ framework. One component of this framework is social awareness.  Within the context of cultural transformation, or change, Shoemake refers to socially-awar...

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  • How to Balance Your Job Search with Your Current Job

    Kensi Olson, Marketing Intern for Vaco Tampa, took perspectives from the Vaco Tampa team on balancing the job search while working a full-time job. Whether you’re desperately looking for your next opportunity or seeking an increase in salary, it’s hard to balance the job search with your current...

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  • Project vs. Product – Organizational Focus

    This is a continuation of a previous article. In that one, I tried to describe a project-oriented culture. These are more traditional in nature and, as I tried to illustrate, not that supportive of an agile mindset and execution. What is a Product-Based Organization? Not all of the below characteris...

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  • Be Genuine, Be Warm, Be Bold

    Cassy Kohs, Associate Director of Marketing, interviews Anthony McClarnon, Director of Recruiting, both serving Vaco Cincinnati‘s market. The top four interview tips you may not have thought of. You just wrapped up your fourth interview in two weeks, your seventh in two months, and you don’t...

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  • “Do the job you want, not the job you have.”

    Cassy Kohs, Associate Director of Marketing serving Vaco Cincinnati’s market, interviews Mark Kruszynski, Vaco’s QA Practice Lead and SDET (Software Development in Test), on his keys to success. As many of us already know, and some of us try to deny, “change is inevitable”. Mark Krus...

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  • Project vs. Product – Organizational Focus

    Sometimes, my clients ask me which are the best organization structures that support a move to agile approaches. There are many ways to characterize their organizational structure and focus, but a common view I use is this: Are they aligned as a Project-based organization or a Product-based one? You...

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  • Making Agile Stick: Be Disruptive

    At the heart of Agile Transformations is the goal of finding new and better ways of achieving results that customers can enjoy and also make agile habits stick.  When we start these transformations, we often begin with the basic values of the Agile Manifesto. Individuals and interactions o...

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  • How to Leverage Social Media in the Job Search

    In this increasingly digital age, the internet is social media and social media is the internet. If you aren’t using your digital tools to their fullest potential, you could be leaving yourself out of countless opportunities. Professionally speaking, I can’t stress enough the importance of lever...

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