Strasz Blog

Lisa Everts, Test Developer, Business Development
April 3, 2017

Certification badgeDigital badges are an important way for individuals to display their skill sets or levels of proficiency in specific areas, and they are equally as useful for employers seeking out candidates with those skills. The author of this blog post details the benefits to credentialing programs of implementing a badging system, the importance of badge design, and how to choose a digital badge hosting service.

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Doug Hieber, Senior Application Architect
March 7, 2017

Climbing GearOne never knows where one will find inspiration. Take the author of this blog post, for example. While shopping online, this application architect encountered some less-than-ideal registration processes, which gave him a greater appreciation for the superb user experience of the Reg! exam candidate registration solution in the Strasz Exam Management Suite. Learn more about the features, and what makes a great registration system.

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John DeFalco, Software Developer
March 1, 2017

safeBefore computer-based testing became so prevalent, exam content was created on paper and locked in secure file cabinets to prevent it from being compromised. The author of this blog post explains what steps can you take to keep your content secure in the digital age.

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James DiEdwardo, Senior Software Developer
February 8, 2017

spider plantBig Data refers to the collection of information that is so massive that traditional data processing applications are ill-equipped to handle it. And are WE equipped to handle impact it will soon have on our planet? The author of this blog post gives us the 411 (pun intended).

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Jay Myers, Software Engineer
October 5, 2016

spider plantHow is maintaining a spider plant like writing code? The author of this blog posts makes this comparison to illustrate the single responsibility principle - the first of the SOLID design principles.

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Lisa Everts, Test Developer, Business Development
August 22, 2016

Goldilocks with PorridgeWhen writing multiple choice test items, how do you make sure the answers aren't "too hard" nor "too easy," but "just right?" The author of this blog post recommends using a Goldilocks standard.

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Jay Myers, Software Engineer
August 10, 2016

talking manThe author of this blog post gives us a lesson in the concept of ubiquitous language, and the differences between the way programmers speak to each other versus how they communicate with their customers.

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Lisa Everts, Test Developer, Business Development
July 5, 2016

US MapWhat can you do if your exam program needs new items authored on a short time-line? Rely on Essentials! to help.

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Doug Hieber, Senior Software Architect
May 13, 2016

bagelsOrdering bagels for the team on Fridays isn't just about breakfast. The author of this blog post uses this example to illustrate that bagels are also a tool for building relationships with coworkers, a metaphor for things that bring people together.

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Jay Myers, Software Engineer
April 25, 2016

agile processHow do you check and see if items rendered in two different test drivers are close enough to one another? How close do you need to come to perfection?

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Doug Hieber, Senior Software Architect
January 28, 2016

agile process“You Ain’t Gonna Need It” and is an old extreme programming (XP) term. If you’ve never heard of it before, the author of this blog post explains what it is and how this philosophy keeps Agile developers from over-engineering.

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Roopa Rao, Automation Engineer
November 13, 2015

healthy snackUnhealthy snacking, being glued to your desk all day, and even inadequate sleep can have long-term, negative effects on your workplace performance and your overall health. This blog post gives information about the risks of a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, as well as tips from the author about how to avoid these risks.

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Jay Myers, Software Engineer
October 30, 2015

programmingIn this blog post, the author explains why the waterfall model of software development has been rendered inefficient and downright dangerous since the advent of methodologies like Agile.

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Crystal Parlier, Client Service Specialist
October 19, 2015

office gossipThe author of this latest blog post discusses the negative consequences of office gossip and offers advice to management about how to appropriately handle this morale-crushing behavior.

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Carrie Tuck, Business Development
August 30, 2015

ASAE detailsGoing to a business conference can make you feel like a rock star - from being whisked from airport to hotel, to having continuous courtesy and attention from the organizers, to being lavished with goodie bags and gifts. But the greatest benefit to attending a conference is the opportunity to cultivate relationships. The author of this blog post tells us all about it.

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Doug Hieber, Senior Software Architect
July 26, 2015

Build Measure LearnIn Eric Ries’ book “The Lean Startup”, he describes a product development approach that drives innovation and success through continuous cycles of “Build – Measure – Learn”. How does it work? The author of this week’s blog post explains…

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John DeFalco, Software Developer
June 19, 2015

physicsAn after-hours get-together with coworkers can be great way to blow off steam after a tough week, but that's not the only reason to plan such an occasion. In this post, the author offers tips for the planning and execution of events that not only provide a chance for socializing with your immediate colleagues, but create opportunities to get to know more of the great people in your organization with whom you may not interact every day.

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Joe Reiss, Software Developer
May 26, 2015

physicsWithout realizing we can relate simple everyday tasks to physics. After a company party, our featured blog writer compares well known theories and principles to come up with his own opinion of true scores.

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Rajah Krishnan, Web Application Developer
April 24, 2015

happyBusinesses typically put customer happiness above all else and this is essential for a successful business. But what motivates the employees to deliver on this promise that businesses make? What motivates an employee to deliver amazing customer service? This blog post explores how happy and motivated employees make for a healthier and more productive workplace.

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Jay Myers, Software Engineer
April 7, 2015

cradleConservation of momentum may be implied by Newton’s laws of motion, but it’s far from guaranteed in the world of software development. In this blog post, the author discusses what it means to use tests to drive your software development and what it can do for both your code quality and team velocity.

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Doug Hieber, Senior Application Architect
March 20, 2015

groupEvery company has employees with varied skills and backgrounds, but why is this a good thing? In this blog post, the author explores the diversity at Strasz, and how it not only helps us "take care of business," but also creates a work environment rich with respect, acceptance, and learning.

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Crystal Parlier, Client Service Specialist
March 3, 2015

groupTeam-building activities are a fun and adventurous way to create a closely-knit and productive office team. Since there are many types of exercises to choose from, it is essential to look at the overall needs of the group in order to choose the most appropriate activities. In this blog post, a Strasz client service specialist discusses a variety of activities based on specific needs of particular groups.

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Ryan Moseley, Web Application Developer
February 18, 2015

trainemployeesIn many companies, employees are asked to train themselves on a variety of technologies and subjects — at their own expense and on their own time. But could it be more valuable in the long run if companies trained their employees themselves? In this blog post, a Strasz web application developer explains why employer-led training leads to happier, more knowledgeable, and more productive employees.

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Jay Myers, Software Engineer
February 2, 2015

99problemsBroken builds and deployment problems are two of the monsters that haunt the lives of software developers. But will these common problems soon be a thing of the past? Or have they already been relegated to the history books? In this blog post, a Strasz software engineer discusses the merits of the company's continuous integration efforts, and how they make monsters disappear before they rear their ugly heads.

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Roopa Rao, Automation Engineer
January 15, 2015

parccIn a recent online video, a 10-year-old girl from New Jersey states bluntly, "PARCC stinks.” Her statement sums up what many parents, students, teachers, and administrators feel about this new nation-wide set of standardized assessments. But has PARCC been given a bad reputation prematurely? Can these assessments ultimately help American children advance their education and their careers? In this blog post, the author investigates PARCC and Common Core standards in order to decide for herself whether the new assessments do, in fact, stink.

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Doug Hieber, Senior Application Architect
December 24, 2014

agileCan a family, burdened by all of their last minute shopping, cleaning, and working before the holidays, use the Agile software development methodology to help them prepare their house for the upcoming family get-together? This blog examines whether or not the family pulled off the ultimate Christmas miracle!

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Carrie Tuck, Strasz Business Development
November 17, 2014

waterFace time and water cooler talk leads to solid support and teamwork between colleagues, while developing interpersonal relationships and camaraderie. However, it’s important to remember that some topics of conversation are strictly taboo in the workplace. As a friendly reminder, we've put together a short list of water cooler do’s and don’ts. Remember: share between colleagues…but don’t share too much! 😉

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Stan Pickens, Strasz Product Manager
November 7, 2014

learnBenjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy is well known within the educational community as a structured classification of learning objectives. But those in the assessment and testing industry—an industry that relies on the inherent value of statistics and facts—may not be aware of Benjamin Bloom (1913–1999) and his team of educators. This blog post explores Bloom’s theory that the most knowledgeable people are those who not only memorize quantifiable facts (i.e., correct test answers) but who also possess a progressive and qualified mastery of their respective subject areas.

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Carrie Tuck, Strasz Business Development
October 2, 2014
swabIn honor of Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Strasz's Princeton and Boca Raton offices recently hosted Swab Parties. The goal of a Swab Party is to increase registration in the National Bone Marrow Registry, which matches patients with donors, to give patients more hope of finding a perfect bone marrow donor.

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Stan Pickens, Strasz Product Manager
October 1, 2014
groupGroup brainstorming is ubiquitous in today's business world. And it's natural to assume that the diversity of group members ultimately enriches the group’s development of ideas. But is there any truth to the assumption? Does a group create more ideas than individual workers or nominal groups? This blog post investigates these questions.

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Stan Pickens, Strasz Product Manager
September 12, 2014
manpcEvery knowledge worker is familiar with providing estimates, one of the business world's necessary evils. Even in the best of circumstances, a well-considered estimate can be little more than an educated guess. But did you know that there's a method to calculate the accuracy of estimates? This blog post explains how to do it.

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