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Your Job - Requirements = Less Value

In this issue's Last Word, Dion Johnson calculates your job's worth when requirements are removed from the equation.

Dion Johnson's picture Dion Johnson
You Can Teach an Old PMO Agile Tricks

Every manager has a story to tell. Find out how one management professional tackles a fictional dilemma. The story may be made up, but the solutions are tried and true. In this installment, Michele Sliger tells the tale of the movement of a Program Management Office away from waterfall toward Agile.

Michele Sliger's picture Michele Sliger
Three You Should Read

We're pleased to bring you technical editors who are well respected in their fields. Get their take on everything that relates to the industry, technically speaking. In this issue, our newest technical editor, Lee Copeland, discusses three books that have changed his life and encourages others to seek out literary inspiration of their own.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Putting a Face on Customer Needs

So what happens when interaction designers are put to work on an Agile process? Meet "Dan Means," a system administrator persona developed to represent and emphasize customer requirements. Find out how one development team used him and other personas to blend interaction design and Agile development to deliver a product the customer really wanted.

David Broschinsky's picture David Broschinsky
Bridging the Gap Between Disciplines: Software Testing and UX Design

Two industry experts from very different worlds walk you through a Eureka! moment. Get their thoughts on how to build a strong, successful collaborative effort between two distinct disciplines—software testing and user experience (UX) design.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick Jeff Patton
The Dark Side of Multitasking

We're pleased to bring you technical editors who are well respected in their fields. Get their take on everything that relates to the industry, technically speaking. In this issue, Mike Cohn discusses the myth of multitasking and how trying to work on too many tasks at once can actually kill productivity.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
The Whole Is a Sum of Its Parts

Managing large teams adds up to a headache, especially when it comes to Agile projects. Learn how to successfully divide over-sized teams into Agile subteams—from a practitioner who literally wrote the book on the subject.

Jutta Eckstein's picture Jutta Eckstein
The Tale of the Too-Talented Techie

Every manager has a story to tell. Find out how one management professional tackles a fictional dilemma. The story may be made up, but the solutions are tried and true. In this installment, Peter Clark spins a yarn of what can happen when a team member's talent goes to his head.

Peter Clark's picture Peter Clark
Write Sweet-Smelling Comments

All code is not created equal. Learn from a master of the craft how to spot bad code and mold it into good. This month, Mike Clark explains how to sniff out stinky code and write comments that count.

Mike Clark's picture Mike Clark
The Hard Truth about Soft Skills

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, Esther Derby explains why interpersonal skills can do more than boost your popularity; they can help you excel in the workplace.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby

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