Are you kidding me? When was the last time you had fun at work? Fun in the workplace seems to be a requirement here at Edgelink. Not only do we work hard, we play hard too. We set our goals on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis. When we achieve those goals we are rewarded with a FUN day! We strongly believe this promotes teamwork, a drive to be the best in our field, and an overall positive work environment.

Our most recent fun day, which took place on January 13th, 2006 (that’s Friday the 13th), for example, the Edgelink team ventured outside of the office for our yearly goal setting meeting and then when the clock struck noon, we put on our bowling shoes. Wait, not only did we put on our bowling shoes, we (being the highly competitive lot that we are) made every aspect of the rest of the day a contest. Starting out, we split into three teams. Each team then created a team name and complimented that with “fabulous” costumes.

To take the bowling competition up a notch or two, we added the challenge of bowling each frame in a different fashion. What I mean by that is; one frame was granny style, another time we pushed the bowling ball with our feet and so on. I am sure that you get the picture. Oh, you should see the pictures!

We had contests for the best form, best score, best style and best team score. My team was the winner of the highest score, so I have to say, “Go Team!”

All in all, healthy competition is always fun, especially when it is done the EDGELINK way! How does your company celebrate success?

New space for EdgeLink

This year EdgeLink experienced quite a bit of growth. Needless to say we had some pretty cramped quarters. Not so any more. After only a few minor delays and glitches, we are finally all moved into our new office space! The best part is we were able to stay in the same building on the same floor. We just moved into a bigger space. The building manager even let us keep the same suite number so our address will remain exactly the same as it was! Keep your eye open for information about our open house, coming soon. Thanks for helping to make 2005 a great year. We’re looking forward to more success in 2006!

What’s up with QA?

We have noticed a recent staffing “up-tick” in the area of software quality assurance. After such a long dryspell within this area, it appears that all the technology companies in Portland decided simultaneously that it’s time to start recruiting and hiring QA Engineers. Now, that’s great news if you’re a QA engineer and bad news if you’re seeking to hire a QA engineer. Unfortunately, it seems to me that QA is often one of the first things to “get the boot” when things get tough, and therefore puts more pressure on software engineers to develop “quality products.” This appears to be one of the many sacrifices that companies make when things get tough financially. Consequently does this mean that companies are beginning to make enough profits to justify pumping up their quality? The sudden surge of quality assurance engineers to be hired in the market appears to be a solid indicator in the optimism of the economy.
One of the challenges (as recruiters) we face is locating available QA engineers, and due to the fact there has been minimal hiring in QA over the past two to three years there hasn’t been much “draw” for people to get into the field, thus resulting in our current shortage of talent. I’m excited to see things picking up in this area, but how do we keep up with the recruiting!?

These are my thoughts and I’m curious to hear if anyone has any other thoughts or theories to the situation?

Get Connected!

We’ve all heard the saying “it’s who you know”. When you’re looking for top talent to add to you team or putting some feelers out for your next big career move, who you know can make all the difference in the world.

Getting involved with your local industry networking events, special interest and user groups can be extremely valuable to help build and strengthen relationships in the local community. It’s a great way to learn more about what your peers are up to, and exchange ideas. Here are a just a few of the events that the EdgeLink staff attend on a regular basis; SAO, OEF, Portland Business Journal, PADNUG, WITI

We are always looking for new events to add to our list. If you’d like to promote your favorite gathering, please send us the info and we’ll be glad to help get the word out. We’ll see you at the next event!