Make Your Office Agile

If you read your share of technology articles, you’ve probably seen a plethora of headlines about Agile. This information overload can make it appear that Agile is merely a buzzword and/or an elusive object that can only be understood by exclusive IT experts. What we like to do at Geodata IT is take the complex and break it down into simple, repeatable steps. This article will provide a taste of how we use Agile on a daily basis to run our business. The first thing we did was establish a baseline for what Agile meant to our company. This included teaching the basic concepts to everyone in the office on any level. As we began the implementation, we learned to break down the processes and rebuild them into a methodical language that made solid business sense at a foundational level. The result was the development of a visual dashboard (kanban) that broke our tasks into lists for a “Program/Team Backlog” (supports Sprint planning and grooming), “To Do”, “In Progress”, “Done”, and “Bockers.” We increased communication…

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How President & CEO Justin Bennett Transitioned from the Military

Early preparation is the key to a successful transition from the military into the civilian sector. Planning for your departure and taking specific steps that will enhance your future career is of vital importance. This advanced preparation can give you a substantial lead in starting your career. In this blog article, we’ll share how President and CEO Justin Bennett made his transition from the Air Force into government contracting. An advocate of hard work and constant learning, Bennett juggled part-time jobs and college during his military tenure. He found studying to be invigorating and used the resources at hand to give him an edge. “I took every opportunity I had for education and training in the military. I was a technical weapon and highly valuable asset once armed. I found myself with a job offer about three months before I separated. It’s a good feeling to have,” said Bennett. However, finding your career direction or even landing a job was perhaps the easiest part of the transition. Obtaining the right knowledge to transfer skills was…

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How to Apply for a Government Contracting Job

The biggest hurdle many applicants face when applying for a government contracting job is a lack of familiarity with the industry. They take the same rules of engagement from the commercial world and assume they will work in the niche government marketplace. Unfortunately, this assumption can put an application at a severe disadvantage, as there are tell-tale signs government recruiters seek when reviewing candidates. What are a few of the secrets that you need to know that can help you land a government contracting job? We’ll list a few here and help better prepare you for your next job application. Clearances – Having an existing government clearance can be the first thing a recruiter seeks when weeding out applicants. Why? Possessing an active clearance is often a requirement from the government customer and clearances can be challenging to obtain. Thus, carefully reading the job description and responding appropriately can determine the viability of your application. For example, if the job description states that an “active clearance is required,” proceeding to apply will more than likely…

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How to Transition from the Military to a Government Contracting Career

For those transitioning from military information technology service to civilian employment, the move can be a daunting experience. As a service member, you have spent years accumulating specialized knowledge that is often difficult to translate into a commercial setting. Thus, finding a job once you are discharged can be challenging. What are some of the things you can do prior to leaving the military that will help you prepare for your new future? Because a civilian resume may be completely different than what you are accustomed to using, one of the first steps you can take before you begin your new adventure is an inventory of your assets. List out what certifications you hold, computer programming languages you’ve mastered and any specialized training. This asset list will give you a starting point in describing what you know. What you will more than likely see from your list is that you’ve accomplished many things, have served your country very well, but your knowledge base needs a little updating. This is okay and is actually not unusual.…

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Tips for Applying to Government Contracting Jobs

If you are considering applying for a position at a company that contracts with the government, it is important that you understand the specialized requirements that are often included with the job posting. Due to the special nature of government contracting, the client (“the government”) will often have citizenship and security requirements that are a non-negotiable part of the contract.  Being able to demonstrate that you meet those requirements at the time of your initial application will be crucial in moving your resume forward for consideration. Let’s overview some of those requirements. Clearances – If a job posting indicates that a clearance is required, this is a non-negotiable item. A clearance is an often lengthy vetting process by the U.S. Government that requires many steps to achieve. You can not apply for this on your own, as explained on ClearanceJobs.com and State.gov. It is typically acquired through service in the military or previous experience with the government. Applying for a position at a company without a clearance is an automatic signal that you do not understand…

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Learn Agile with Geodata IT

Give your team a lift. Book an AgileLIFT lunch and learn today. Our certified Agilist will guide your team through a series of activities that will turn unknowns into knowns. You will learn new tools that help you organize your solution delivery. If your goal is to ignite the fires of mission-focused delivery, this lunch and learn will challenge your team to think outside-the-box with proven methodologies that deliver results. Currently Available Course topics: • Showing Your Hand Need to beef up your team communication? We will share power tips for setting up highly collaborative sprints that keep everyone producing. • The Luck of the Draw Does a long list of requirements make your head spin? This power talk will help you learn to cut through the clutter and plan sprints that quickly progress from “in process” to “done.” • Full House Is your team ready to roll but new to Agile? Our expert will give a brief overview on the Agile Light approach to mastering your first sprint. • Wildcard Got a sprint ready…

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Leaders Wanted

Geodata IT is actively seeking to network with proactive leaders for upcoming positions. “There is a leader inside of every employee. When you teach a team an iterative process for solving problems, it gives everyone permission to take ownership of the solutions.” – Justin Bennett, President and CEO, Geodata IT At Geodata IT, we understand the leadership and innovator mind. We will provide you the opportunity to utilize your talents, think strategically, and challenge you to solve the toughest customer issues in a culture that respects creativity. If you are a self-starter and consider yourself a “thinker” that is looking to bring fresh ideas to the big picture, we encourage you to apply for our open positions.  Being that we mostly work in the government sector, we look for applicants that already possess a government clearance. You’ll come to us with a certain amount of experience in either the Department of Defense (DoD) or Intelligence Community (IC). We are veteran and minority-owned. Diversity is a priority. If you think you’re up for the challenge and…

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Interview Today by Phone for VoIP Job

Geodata IT is currently hiring a Computer Systems Analyst for a position at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The culture of our company is thriving. We love thinkers and those that enjoy solving difficult problems. Our young company is thriving and we are looking for those with an exceedingly positive history of service in the government and intelligence industry to join our team. Apply on LinkedIn here. The Computer Systems Analyst reviews and analyzes factors and work to resolve problems impacting the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of command and control (C2) infrastructure. Evaluates, integrates and implements systems and network components based on user’s Communications System Requirement Documents (CSRDs). He or she will engineer TDM to VoIP solutions with extensive knowledge of Avaya and Cisco Communications Managers. Previous command post expertise with AMC and other MAJCOMs is ideal. We prefer applicants for this position that hold a Bachelor’s degree in electrical or electronic engineering. However, it is possible that those with equivalent experience and training may be considered. Applicants without a degree may…

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New Jobs Post at GeodataIT.com

Are you looking for a great job that is close to your home in St. Louis, Missouri? Geodata IT, LLC has posted several contingent positions on our website. If you are a systems administrator, website developer, SAS professional, program manager or information assurance specialist, be sure to check out our listings here. You may also email your resume to Cheryl Hughey, Vice President of Strategic Operations.  

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Justin Bennett Appoints Vice President of Strategic Operations

President and CEO Justin Bennett recently created a Vice President of Strategic Operations position at Geodata IT to fuel future growth of the organization. The role was filled internally by Cheryl Hughey, who was mentored by Bennett. Hughey originally was hired in the fall of 2016 as a proposal writer for the organization. Coming to Geodata IT with a seasoned background in marketing for other industries, the transition to government contracting was a challenging fit at first. “It was hard starting over during should have been the middle stages of my career path. Geodata IT took underutilized skillsets and retooled them to a fresh paradigm,” said Hughey. Through progressive tutelage by Bennett, Hughey grew from being the company’s writer to accomplishing more intensive research and business analyst work. “I saw a diamond in the rough with qualities that others had missed. She’s a powerhouse with regard to marketing strategy. Her ability to recognize patterns and trends has grown to be an incredible asset,” said Bennett. Since August 2016, Geodata IT has increased their employee size…

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