STEM team hosts BYU-I at LANDESK

On November 12, LANDESK was privileged to host a group of 20 IT students from Brigham Young University-Idaho and their instructors. We were pleased to have them visit the LANDESK facility. The men were all dressed in shirts and ties and some were in suits, while the women (yes! – there were a few women) were nicely dressed in business attire and presented a very professional image.

Joel Johnson, a senior director over software testing, welcomed the students and gave them a brief overview of the history of LANDESK. Joel has been with LANDESK for many years and was able to summarize where we has been and where we are now.

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Figure 1: Tanner Lindsay Instructing about LANDESK

Following the Company Overview, the students were split into two separate groups. I took one group on a tour of the LANDESK facility while Tanner Lindsay, the other STEM Coordinator, gave a brief overview of the LANDESK products to the other group, then reversed the groups

The group came together next to listen to Mark Bell, LANDESK’s recruiter, who explained the Internship program. As you might expect, there was a great deal of interest in this particular subject. He handed out a summary of the internship program and answered a number of questions. Hopefully we will hear from some of these students again as they apply for internships.

Travis Peters, a development manager, spoke to the group about the development process, and in particular, the Scrum process that we use here at LANDESK. Most of the students weren’t very familiar with Scrum and asked clarifying questions during Travis’ presentation. Eric Davis and Alicia Wrigley, from the user-experience (UX) team, addressed the group. They spoke about the important role UX plays in the overall product planning process and product quality. One of the students, his interest obviously piqued, asked how he might be able to pursue a career in UX. Eric and Alicia instructed him to read everything that he could find on the subject on the internet. They also referred him to a couple of excellent books that they have used.

Sterling Parker, a manager in the service department, took some time to explain the opportunities in the services organization. He emphasized how many of those that started in the services department have moved on to other opportunities in the company. Services can be a career in itself or it can be a stepping stone to other careers at LANDESK.

Rex McMillan and Alan Braithwaite, from product management, concluded the presentations by discussing the role that product managers have in the overall product strategy of the company. From the questions that arose during their discussion, it was obvious that not too many of the students understood this role. There was one question about the difference between a project manager and a product manager. Alan answered by saying that a project manager manages a single product with a defined start and end date usually within a relatively short period of time. A product manager, on the other hand, manages a suite of products from initial inception until they are eventually retired, which could be multiple releases and multiple years (or decades in LANDESK’s case).

Tanner Lindsay, who had received copies of resumes from all the students, sat down with each student and gave pointers on the do’s and don’ts of writing resumes. He told each student how to improve their specific resume and cautioned them about specific items that can raise red-flags on resumes.  The students were very grateful for that one-on-one assistance.

If you have interest in participating in an event of this kind, please contact Bruce Cutler or Tanner Lindsey.

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Figure 2: Jacob Bair a LANDESK engineer and former BYU-I Student addressing the group