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Agile Documentation: Keeping Your Team in Sync in an Agile World thumbnail

Remember writing a detailed lab report or paper in school? We’ve all been there, and I doubt many of us really enjoyed it. Process and product development documentation can leave that same sour taste in your mouth if it’s just documentation for the sake of documentation. Documentation can take hours…

How to Transition to Tech: A Friendly Guide to QA Careers thumbnail

When I tell people about my transition from mental health science to quality assurance testing, the response is similar across the board: “Wow, I could never do that!” There’s a false perception that the tech industry is unreachable for people with backgrounds outside of tech. I spent over half a…

Acing the Engineering Interview Part 2: In the Interview thumbnail

Coming in for an interview is the most intimidating part of the hiring process. In just three short hours, you have to answer questions, solve problems, and convince five or six interviewers that you are the person they need to hire. It starts with proper preparation, but even the most…

Acing the Engineering Interview: Proper Preparation thumbnail

At Lucid Software, we collect thousands of applications and interview about 100 candidates each year for a variety of engineering roles. We have an interview team of roughly 12 engineers specializing in the six different parts of our interview process. With university recruiting season upon us, we sat down and…

5 reasons not to pass up a startup internship thumbnail

We’ve all seen movies and heard stories about boisterous internships at large, established tech companies. All play; no work; food; parties; nerds—what more could an undergrad want? Unfortunately, all that hype can lead would-be interns to overlook smaller companies offering comparable, if not better, experiences. With that in mind, here…

7 leadership lessons from a first-time manager thumbnail

I joined a rapidly-growing startup called Lucid Software (creator of Lucidchart and Lucidpress) in January 2013 after turning down a job offer from Microsoft. While I was grateful for the Microsoft offer, I wanted a job where there would be opportunities to move quickly into a leadership position. I love…