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CodeStorm: Answering the question of how to build stronger software engineering teams

With CodeStorm, we're always thinking about what makes software engineering teams hustle. From the tools each team member uses, to the process, to the internal and external initiatives set forth by higher level leadership.



After watching Moneyball (2011), it tells the story of how Billy Beane reconstructed his team and rethought how to build a stronger, better baseball team on a vastly lower budget than his competition. While everyone else in the Baseball industry was using archaic ways of recruiting based on experience and intuition (paying the highest for the rockstars), Billy Beane disrupted everything by recruiting on a specific metric -- On Base Percentage. The interesting thing here is that the players he recruited on his team were undervalued -- they weren't all stars -- and they were all passionate about their craft. In the end, the moral of the story is that the sum of the team is greater than each individual part put together. Moneyball was an incredibly inspiration…

It's not about me, it's about the team

Practicing servant leadership for the past few years, I've always made the effort to make every person and team I come across better -- through amplifying their confidence, increasing their ability to execute on tasks/missions, as well as, provide them with inspiration to chase after goals that they are most passionate about. There is greatness in everyone -- it's always my goal to amplify that because win-win situations can only be achieved if the whole team is greater than the sum of its parts. This is how you grow determined, energetic, positive learning teams based on mastery and purpose.
In looking at different perspectives on the definition of leadership, there has always been this ongoing misconception of what "leadership" is. People seem to think that rank is what makes you a leader. Partially. Generally, the graceful and professional actions of a leader in a number of situations definitely lead to them moving up in rank but to be a true leader is based on w…

Valuable tips for students wanting to get into Software Engineering

Software development and technology moves extremely fast. It's an ever-changing landscape of different tools, platforms, and initiatives. With such a fast-paced discipline, I've been hearing questions from students wanting to get into software engineering, such as, "what are a few things I need to do in order to land a job with a team that's just as passionate as I am?"

Let's face it, being a software engineer is the hottest career right now. There's a war for talent where companies (startups and large corporations) are fighting over the best of the best software engineers that are leaders in their respective masteries (backend, frontend, mobile, games, etc). We're in an age where the cost of technology is so inexpensive thanks to cloud computing and continuously evolving toolsets. In addition to this, teams are now practicing lean. Lean is a simple way of quickly testing viability and value proposition by shipping fast and shipping often. This means…

The Rise of Apps in Windows 8: Why you should join up for WOWZAPP hackathons!

When Microsoft commits to surfacing a new platform for new experiences, new business ventures, and new technologies, they usually go big. To me, this is a strategic opportunity for anyone that is a software developer as it opens up so many doors from a career perspective and at different levels of professional networking and talent acquisition.

From November 9th to November 12th, there will be a WOWZAPP Microsoft-hosted Windows 8 hackathon where there will be onsite Microsoft software engineers and technical evangelists to help you get up and running. This is a great opportunity for a developer wanting to make a name for themselves as Windows 8 is a compelling new operating system that will set the bar for business applications, games, and social media touch points for the next few years!

Come to the hackathon with your ideas on solving issues in a specific problem-space!

Cheers,
Jaime