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Natalie Lopez

Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and has her Professional in Human Resources, PHR, certification. At DragonSpears, she excels at placing the “right people in the right seats.” Natalie loves to understand what people are truly passionate about in order to ensure that the work and atmosphere we have to offer is perfectly suited to what they are seeking.

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DragonSpears Named One of Chicago’s 2020 Best Companies to Work For!

 Natalie Lopez  Aug 5, 2020 9:30:00 AM  0 Comments

DragonSpears, a custom software development company, was named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” in 2020 by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This marks the fourth consecutive year that DragonSpears has received this recognition.

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Effective Ways to Manage Change on Your Agile Team

 Natalie Lopez  Mar 4, 2020 9:30:00 AM  0 Comments

You love your agile product team, and the thought of losing the stability you’ve created sends you into a spiral of panic. In any business, the reality is that employees come and go and flow throughout the organization. Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare to deal with changes on your agile team, and even take advantage of them.

If you’ve ever been in a spot where it seems like the only constant is “change,” here are three things you can do to manage team fluctuations and prevent losing domain knowledge or development velocity.

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DragonSpears CEO Patrick Emmons Accepted into Forbes Technology Council

 Natalie Lopez  Oct 2, 2019 9:30:00 AM  0 Comments

Forbes Technology Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for World-Class CIOs, CTOs, and Technology Executives.

Chicago, IL, October 2, 2019 - Patrick Emmons, CEO and Founder of DragonSpears, a custom software development company, has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

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DragonSpears Named One of Chicago’s 2019 Best Companies to Work For!

 Natalie Lopez  Jul 10, 2019 2:15:00 AM  0 Comments

Every year companies throughout Chicago compete to be named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach are bestowed this honor.

DragonSpears is thrilled to be named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” for the third year in a row. “We constantly aim for progress, not perfection. I think our commitment to our core values and transparency helps us build a team that really takes ownership of all facets of the business and uniquely qualifies us for this honor time and again.” Patrick Emmons, Founder/CEO.

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Developer Onboarding Checklist for Successful Agile Teams

 Natalie Lopez  May 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM  1 Comment

Developers have a lot on their plate when they start at a new company. Whether it be the development environment, project information, or the organizational culture of their employer or clients, they need to learn a lot – and quickly. Adopting a strong onboarding process is vital if you want new full-time developers or contractors to succeed. Here is an 8-step developer onboarding checklist that will help you seamlessly integrate new hires onto your agile team and keep them around for the long run.

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