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Mike Sudyk, Author at EC Group

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About Mike Sudyk

Mike is the VP of Operations in our U.S. office. He’s passionate about connecting our clients with the best possible teams available. When he’s not at the office, Mike loves spending time with his family, chowing down on popcorn, and fantasizing about someday owning his very own Tesla.

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How to get your Team out of the Office

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Lately we’ve been talking about why it’s important to get your team out of the office. There’s an old piece of advice that people give to someone contemplating getting married—they say take a trip with that person. If you go and you spend seven days on a road trip with them and you come back and you still want to get married, then that’s probably the person for you. That’s a piece of advice we can apply to teams, too. Get your team outside of the norm. Experience new things, get out of your comfort zone, and then you get…

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The Importance of Communication Tools (video)

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Is your lousy office communication tool slowing down your team's progress? Here's advice on how to choose a tool that's right for you. Receive content like this and more in your inbox! Video Transcript: Any tools are a large part of communication when you’re talking, especially, about a team that’s distributed or remote.  So it comes down to really three aspects when looking at tools for communication. The first is you need to have all the stakeholder onboard, so all the people that are in your project need to really have a say in the tool that you’re choosing. Because it needs...
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Team Communication: the Water Cooler (video)

By | Learning, Tips for Teams, Video | No Comments
Do you love water cooler talk, or hate it? Here's a short video on why it's actually very important (especially for distributed teams).   Video Transcript: It’s so easy to get into the habit of when you’re communicating with your team, to just start talking about deliverables. Start talking about things that you need ASAP. Things that are due right away. Things that you need to work on. And, you miss out on the water cooler talk. It’s easy to have those conversations when you’re next to each other, when you’re just walking by someone’s desk or cubicle, but when...
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We Got Blood!

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Every summer when Indian people take their vacations, a crisis arises. As you might know, India faces a terrible blood shortage—but this shortage worsens in the summer time. Regular blood donors take their vacation right when children come for surgeries in large numbers, creating a supply/demand gap which can cause lives to be lost.  To bridge the gap between supply and demand, EC Group, in partnership with Cross Blood Foundation and Government Children Hospital for Leukemia, conducted its 4th Annual Blood donation camp. Our office basement turned into a medical center, and we were invaded by doctors, nurses, and para-medicals with their...
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5 Tips For Finding Software Talent

By | People, Remote Working | No Comments

Long-term business success isn’t easy in today’s software developer shortage, but what’s a company to do when it can’t find the right talent fit? Teams continue to suffer from the shortage, especially in mobile where agility and speediness are required to get ahead of competitors. The temptation to make a bad hire persists, but companies should still look for more than just a list of technical skills when hiring a new employee. The third Harvey Nash Technology Survey reported that, “software development cited as the most in demand skill set, however project management and business liaison skills also in demand.” In this software developer shortage, not…

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How your CFO can Contribute to Successful Outsourcing

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Because technology is so integral to business, IT outsourcing is no longer the CIO’s challenge alone. When asked the right questions, in the right context and with the proper long-term vision, the CFO plays an amazingly valid and important role in policy and direction. However, if the recommendations or decisions are based on assumptions and preconceptions about outsourcing, the outcomes can cripple a company. If decisions are based solely on numbers, a second series of issues emerges. Balance and understanding are crucial for successful outsourcing and company growth. The talent shortage in the US and the abundance of engineering talent in…

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Can Offshore Work for a Startup?

By | Business, Remote Working | One Comment
If you had asked Chris Samuelson six months ago if he wanted to consider outsourcing some of his software development workload, he would have said no. But as it was, tech startup Varsity News Network had a developer in India on hand, and Chris was assigned to manage him. So how did six months of working with a mobile developer named Mohan make Chris a believer in outsourcing for startups? His concerns were rooted in his prior experiences with other startups. “We tried contracting locally, contracting out of state---and to mix success we found a lot of times the developers...
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3 Obstacles of Agile Methodology and How to Overcome Them

By | Business, Learning, Remote Working | No Comments

Over the past couple years, non-tech industries have gradually adopted a project methodology held dear by software developers everywhere: Agile Methodology (click the link for an excellent agile definition, brought to you by the world’s greatest website, Wikipedia). Our own company does agile marketing—specifically Agile Scrum—which we found to be an appropriate move, given that we’re an IT staffing company. According to an article written in Forbes, “as CMOs become more and more responsible for growth, they have an unprecedented need for speed and flexibility. In today’s always-on, always-connected market, those two factors equal a tremendous competitive advantage. With the…

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the Gypsy Village Meets ECHO (EC Group Health Outreach)

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If you’ve been keeping up with our outreach news, you’ve seen that we’ve been doing a lot of activities with the Gypsy village not far outside of the city of Chennai. Our last visit was for our Christmas party celebration. We visited again last week, this time as part of the annual EC Group medical camp.   Many rural villages in India don’t receive or don’t have access to the kind of medical care many of us take for granted, but the villagers of Mel Nalathur have a unique situation. This group is also called Narikuravars, or nomads. Indian society...
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Re-Defining IT Staff Augmentation and Managed Services

By | Learning, Remote Working, Uncategorized | One Comment

Managed services vs IT staff augmentation. The internet is littered with articles discussing the pros and cons of each. These two models are the typical go-to’s. But it seems regardless of which direction you go, you’re probably not going to be satisfied with either. Why? Because if you’re facing a talent shortage in your office, it’s most likely a symptom of a bigger problem that many face in the tech industry. It’s incredibly difficult to hire and retain the right people on your team. IT staff augmentation and managed services both sound good in theory, but neither is a viable,…

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