It can be difficult to get business leaders involved in the agile processes. While development teams have been doing it for a while, business still needs to catch up. At our May 22 Leaders Lunch, we discussed the challenges of working in an agile culture, and how to...read more
Migrating legacy applications to the cloud can seem daunting. What will it cost? How can you get the entire organization on board? Will transitioning to the cloud impact the business’ bottom line? At our May 22 Leaders Lunch, we were joined by Portland-based software...read more
As an IT leader, you probably feel like you’re in meetings all day. That’s because you often are! Managers spend 35-50% of their time in meetings, and almost 70% of them think that the meeting wasn’t a successful event. While meetings can be frustrating, they can be...read more
The largest and most successful companies in the world use contract staffing as a staple in their hiring. Last year at Google, for example, for the first time in the company’s 20-year history, contract workers outnumbered direct employees. Right here in our hometown...read more
If you’re moving to Portland, you might be wondering which neighborhood to live in. You should first know the genius of the city’s layout, which is split into 4 primary areas: NW, NE, SW, and SE. They are divided by the Willamette River (going north and south) and...read more
(Hint: it’s different than your hires of the past) We know that you’re always looking at ways to attract and reward your IT employees - and you may have noticed that your tech staff is generally motivated differently than the rest of your team. You’re probably also...read more
Attracting, retaining and motivating software developers was the topic of discussion at our Leaders Lunch for this April. ProFocus team members Madeline Kenney, Aubrey McCauley, Madison Campbell and Shelby Danzer joined a small group of other women in the tech sector...read more
There’s lots of buzz about agile — as well as plenty of misconceptions about what agile is and isn’t. Agile offers a variety of benefits, from a better final product to improved collaboration, which has led many organizations to adopt an agile approach. But seeing...read more
Here at ProFocus, hiring managers tell us that interviews get tough for candidates when they start to ask behavioral based questions. We’ve heard that the candidates especially struggle when given the “tell me about a time…” type of question. Hiring managers ask these...read more
The majority of the IT contractors we place prefer to be on temporary, rather than permanent, placement. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to feel that they are a valued contributor and member of your team. They’re on contract because they truly enjoy...read more
Over 60 percent of the tech managers we work with use phone interviews as a ‘get-to-know-you’ pre-qualifier before setting up an in-person meeting. This allows employers to maximize their time in the first round of interviews and reduce your travel time and expenses....read more
Having a healthy and effective relationship with upper management is one of the most important factors in your work life. A good relationship with your manager can positively impact your job satisfaction, productivity and career. A poor working relationship can do the...read more
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