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Why Communication Is Key to the Agile Process

We should all be much more active about improving our communication skills to be better at our jobs, but also (and more importantly) to make the most of the people around us. Whether you’re giving or receiving information verbally or through writing, no matter what your job is, communication is key.

Emma Armstrong's picture Emma Armstrong
Myth 31: I Don’t Have to Make the Difficult Choices

"Don't bring me problems; bring me solutions." Sound familiar? Sounds like a management cop out to Johanna Rothman. A primary purpose of managers is to help their teams perform to the best of their abilities, and that includes stepping up and making tough decisions to help solve problems.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Save Your Sanity: Planning During a Health Care Crisis

A health care crisis can hit without warning, leaving you both nursing the patient and mired in seemingly endless bureaucracy. In this article, Kathy Iberle shares with us her experience dealing with an elderly uncle who suffered a stroke and how agile methods, like using a visual planning board, can help one prepare and be ready when disaster strikes.

Kathy Iberle's picture Kathy Iberle
Management Myth 27: We Can Take Hiring Shortcuts

Hiring is difficult to do well, Johanna Rothman writes in her latest management myth piece. Because everyone who is looking to hire has a job, they think they know how to hire. But it’s not easy. You want to hire the best people you can who fit the team and the organization.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman

Better Software Magazine Articles

Leverage the Power You Don't Know You Have

Being technically gifted and performing great work may not be enough when you consider a large part of your job is getting others to collaborate with you. Bob McGannon gives some simple ways you can present yourself and your views that can result in greater job satisfaction and career success.

Bob McGannon's picture Bob McGannon
Improving Quality and Value Delivery with T-Shaped Team Members

Thomas Wessel presents how T-shaped and pi-shaped teams based on each member's span of knowledge, ability to collaborate, and depth of expertise play an important part in how effectively your team performs.

Thomas Wessel's picture Thomas Wessel
You Can't Be Just a Manager Anymore

It used to be that a project manager did one thing: manage the success of the project. As IT budgets shrink and job responsibilities expand, there is no such thing as a typical project manager role. You're expected to wear many hats, facilitate human resource issues, become a subject matter expert, and assist with key technical activities.

Gunasekaran Veerapillai's picture Gunasekaran Veerapillai
Reverse Mentoring: Should Younger Workers Be Mentoring Your Executives?

What happens when younger knowledge workers, the millennials, bring a new perspective to an organization? Reverse mentoring can dramatically improve employee retention, team collaboration, and the adoption of newer technology.

Lew Sauder's picture Lew Sauder

Interviews

Executives’ Influence on Agile: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Interview with Steve Davi
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In this interview, Steve Davi talks about how executives can actually harm a company's agile transition. He covers how executives can and should take on a different role when agile is being adopted, and explains how employees can help the executive get engaged in the right way. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Make Agile Fun Again with Release!: An Interview with Alex Papadimoulis
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Alex Papadimoulis, the creator of Release!, an agile-based card game, sat down to talk about how gaming can strengthen a company's work culture and bring teams together, how Release! features industry practitioners and thought leaders, and the best conference swag he has ever gotten. 

Leadership and Career Success—On Purpose: An Interview with James Whittaker
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James Whittaker talks about two of his three separate presentations at the Agile Development Conference & Better Software Conference West 2014, "Giving Great Presentations: The Art of Stage Presence" and "Leadership and Career Success—On Purpose," as well as his legacy to testing. 

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
For Maximum Awesome: An Interview with Joe Justice
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Joe Justice is a consultant at Scrum Inc. and inventor of the Extreme Manufacturing project management method. He also is the founder of Team WIKISPEED, an all-Scrum volunteer-based, "green” automotive prototyping company.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds

Conference Presentations

Influence and Authority: Use Your Personal Power to Get Things Done
Slideshow

How often have you been in a situation where you could see the solution and yet did not have the authority to make a change? You tried persuasion; you tried selling your ideas; you...

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Twelve Tips for Becoming a More Professional Tester
Slideshow

Many testers feel that their organizations do not treat them with the same level of  professionalism and respect that their development peers receive. Testers attribute this to the...

Joel Montvelisky, PractiTest
Succeeding as an Ethnic or Minority Tester
Slideshow

No one wishes to see himself as different or treat other people differently because of his uniqueness. Unfortunately, we are frequently judged and our skills presumed based on our...

Yousef Harfi, Medavie Blue Cross
Succeeding as an Ethnic or Minority Tester
Slideshow

No one wishes to see himself as different or treat other people differently because of his uniqueness. Unfortunately, we are frequently judged and our skills presumed based on our...

Yousef Harfi, Medavie Blue Cross

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