Pouring KL&A’s passion and knowledge of technology, business and fancy coffee into a blog.
Pouring KL&A’s passion and knowledge of technology, business and fancy coffee into a blog.
7 Business Analyst Job Trends

7 Business Analyst Job Trends

Transferable BA Skills Needed for the Business Analyst Role
Blog Barista: Sharon McLear | July 3, 2019 | Career Hacks | Brew time: 6 min

The “Business Analysis” space in the Information Technology (IT) job market has changed in recent years, hugely due to the universal transition into Agile methods for software projects. While there are business analysis related…

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Using a Value Plot for Project Prioritization

Using a Value Plot for Project Prioritization

Blog Barista: Bob Marquis, CPA, PMP | June 26, 2019 | Project Management | Brew time: 5 min
A Value Plot is a graphical tool that I developed which can help you visualize the relative value of potential projects in several dimensions. This information, along with other organizational criteria, can greatly assist in the prioritization of projects…

read more
Creating A Successful Interview Process

Creating A Successful Interview Process

Interviewing with Company Culture in Mind Is Better for Business
Blog Barista: Jessica Carnacchi | June 19, 2019 | Business Practices | Brew time: 5 min
Company culture can make or break a business; it has the power to attract and retain top talent or the power to drive it away. (No pressure.) While this isn’t necessarily breaking news, building and maintaining a healthy company culture…

read more
Creating a Slack Notifier using Jenkins Pipeline

Creating a Slack Notifier using Jenkins Pipeline

Blog Barista: Jim Rasche | June 12, 2019 | Developer Tools | Brew time: 9 min
Jenkins Pipeline is a powerful, expressive tool to describe your Continuous Integration process, unshackling you from the limitations of the “freestyle” GUI. This post will walk you through creating a simple Jenkins Pipeline that messages you through Slack…

read more
Effective Testing: The Real Cost of Automated Testing

Effective Testing: The Real Cost of Automated Testing

Blog Barista: Mary Pawloski | June 5, 2019 | Testing & QA | Brew time: 5 min
As the software industry moves away from the Waterfall Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to an Agile methodology, some sort of automated testing is necessary for survival. Continuous integration, continuous development, and DevOps (the production and delivery of products…

read more
KL&A’s Early Days

KL&A’s Early Days

Blog Barista: Jim Kunz | May 15, 2019 | Culture | Brew time: 5 min
KL&A was conceived at the Original Pancake House. It’s where John and I agreed to form the company and sketched out our growth plans during breakfast. We decided to start working together in an office building in Lathrup Village…

read more
COTS vs Custom Software – Questions to Help You Decide

COTS vs Custom Software – Questions to Help You Decide

Blog Barista: Jessica Davis | May 8, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 5 min
So, let’s say that you have done your due diligence by researching the differences between COTS and custom software, and you are still on the fence. Now, what? A COTS product has both advantages and disadvantages much like any custom software solution…

read more
Monitoring Server Room Temperature with Particle Photon and IFTT

Monitoring Server Room Temperature with Particle Photon and IFTT

Blog Barista: Greg Antrim | May 1, 2019 | Internet of Things | Brew time: 12 min
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a wonderful thing. With the wide variety of sensors, development boards, and code samples available, you can monitor or automate just about anything. More often than not though, people struggle with making this data available and usable…

read more
COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

Blog Barista: Jessica Davis | April 24, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 5 min
Purchasing new software systems can be a daunting task. Should you buy a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product or contract a vendor to build a customized solution? Both options have advantages, drawbacks, and risks that must be carefully weighed to select the best option…

read more
For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

Everything I Wish I Knew When Becoming a UX Designer
Blog Barista: Tommy Truong | Apr 17, 2019 | Career Hacks | Brew time: 9 min
Recently, I had the honor of being invited to speak at the Michigan State University Experience Architecture (XA) Club about my experiences as a User Experience (UX) professional. As I prepared for this talk, I realized there’s a lot I wish I knew…

read more
7 Business Analyst Job Trends

7 Business Analyst Job Trends

Transferable BA Skills Needed for the Business Analyst Role
Blog Barista: Sharon McLear | July 3, 2019 | Career Hacks | Brew time: 6 min

The “Business Analysis” space in the Information Technology (IT) job market has changed in recent years, hugely due to the universal transition into Agile methods for software projects. While there are business analysis related…

Using a Value Plot for Project Prioritization

Using a Value Plot for Project Prioritization

Blog Barista: Bob Marquis, CPA, PMP | June 26, 2019 | Project Management | Brew time: 5 min
A Value Plot is a graphical tool that I developed which can help you visualize the relative value of potential projects in several dimensions. This information, along with other organizational criteria, can greatly assist in the prioritization of projects…

Creating A Successful Interview Process

Creating A Successful Interview Process

Interviewing with Company Culture in Mind Is Better for Business
Blog Barista: Jessica Carnacchi | June 19, 2019 | Business Practices | Brew time: 5 min
Company culture can make or break a business; it has the power to attract and retain top talent or the power to drive it away. (No pressure.) While this isn’t necessarily breaking news, building and maintaining a healthy company culture…

Creating a Slack Notifier using Jenkins Pipeline

Creating a Slack Notifier using Jenkins Pipeline

Blog Barista: Jim Rasche | June 12, 2019 | Developer Tools | Brew time: 9 min
Jenkins Pipeline is a powerful, expressive tool to describe your Continuous Integration process, unshackling you from the limitations of the “freestyle” GUI. This post will walk you through creating a simple Jenkins Pipeline that messages you through Slack…

Effective Testing: The Real Cost of Automated Testing

Effective Testing: The Real Cost of Automated Testing

Blog Barista: Mary Pawloski | June 5, 2019 | Testing & QA | Brew time: 5 min
As the software industry moves away from the Waterfall Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to an Agile methodology, some sort of automated testing is necessary for survival. Continuous integration, continuous development, and DevOps (the production and delivery of products…

KL&A’s Early Days

KL&A’s Early Days

Blog Barista: Jim Kunz | May 15, 2019 | Culture | Brew time: 5 min
KL&A was conceived at the Original Pancake House. It’s where John and I agreed to form the company and sketched out our growth plans during breakfast. We decided to start working together in an office building in Lathrup Village…

COTS vs Custom Software – Questions to Help You Decide

COTS vs Custom Software – Questions to Help You Decide

Blog Barista: Jessica Davis | May 8, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 5 min
So, let’s say that you have done your due diligence by researching the differences between COTS and custom software, and you are still on the fence. Now, what? A COTS product has both advantages and disadvantages much like any custom software solution…

Monitoring Server Room Temperature with Particle Photon and IFTT

Monitoring Server Room Temperature with Particle Photon and IFTT

Blog Barista: Greg Antrim | May 1, 2019 | Internet of Things | Brew time: 12 min
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a wonderful thing. With the wide variety of sensors, development boards, and code samples available, you can monitor or automate just about anything. More often than not though, people struggle with making this data available and usable…

COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

Blog Barista: Jessica Davis | April 24, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 5 min
Purchasing new software systems can be a daunting task. Should you buy a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product or contract a vendor to build a customized solution? Both options have advantages, drawbacks, and risks that must be carefully weighed to select the best option…

For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

Everything I Wish I Knew When Becoming a UX Designer
Blog Barista: Tommy Truong | Apr 17, 2019 | Career Hacks | Brew time: 9 min
Recently, I had the honor of being invited to speak at the Michigan State University Experience Architecture (XA) Club about my experiences as a User Experience (UX) professional. As I prepared for this talk, I realized there’s a lot I wish I knew…

Kunz, Leigh and Associates (KL&A) is a software development and professional services company currently serving the private and public sectors in Michigan and Ohio.
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