4 Ways You Absolutely KNOW You Found the Right IT Consultant

How to Get the Best IT ConsultantsChoosing an IT consultant can be a daunting task, especially for smaller businesses and hiring managers who don’t have experience working with consultants. Though consultants boast unique expertise, adaptability, and proficiency, their time often comes at a higher hourly cost than permanent, full-time IT pros. But for many tech teams—especially those looking to reduce turnover costs and/or increase efficiency—hiring an IT consultant can be game changing. In order to make sure your investment pays off, consider the statements below. Mentally checking off all four before extending a contract will help you find the best fit.

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Twin Cities IT Salary Guide for 2017

Our 2017 Salary Guide data comes from a variety of sources – actual salaries ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, to smaller emerging companies, and local and national research. Check out our infographic below, or view our IT Salary Guide.

ESP IT 2017 Tech Salary Guide Inforgraphic

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ESP IT continues to monitor and analyze Minnesota tech hiring trends, compensation, and benefits information in order to better serve our clients. The market insight in this infographic comes from our team of IT staffing experts, along with local and national research sources, including the Minnesota High Tech Association. If you have any questions or comments about our 2017 Tech Salary Guide, please contact us.

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5 Steps to Succeed on a Scrum Team as a BA

5 Steps for BAs to Succeed on a Scrum Team

Originally written by Trina Silverglate, IT Consultant; Abridged August 2017

In Scrum methodology, the BA is not a defined role, but often companies decide it will be most effective to include one on their teams. Because of the lack of definition around the role, as a Business Analyst Contractor, you can end up with a wide variance of responsibilities. To set yourself up for success on your next Scrum project, ESP has identified these 5 simple steps:

1. Learn About The Team To Know Where You Fit In
Ask if the project will have individuals that are dedicated to the roles of Product Owner and Scrum Master. If not, a BA with Scrum experience or certification may be asked to help fill one or both of those roles. If there is a dedicated Product Owner and/or Scrum Master on the team, find out how she or he will perform that role on the project. Know where you’ll be needed, and avoid confusion concerning responsibilities.

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