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Remaining Relevant

Wondering how to maintain a competitive edge in this era of outsourcing and downsizing? Become an entrepreneur. Try managing your career as if it were a business, because in many ways it is. You will find your work more rewarding—and you'll increase your value to your employer.

Chad Fowler's picture Chad Fowler
Changing How You Manage Change

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 the first installment of this series of columns, Naomi Karten offers tips on how to handle change in the workplace.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
Why Agile Projects Don't Thrash

Tension is present on every software project. It comes from the stress of ensuring the software is fit for its purpose, which often leads to multiple changes. Find out why agile projects handle change better than most, and learn three things you can try on your next project to keep change in check.

Ronald E. Jeffries's picture Ronald E. Jeffries
Stop Listening to Your Users

Just because you have a problem does not mean you are the best person to solve it. In this issue's Technically Speaking, Mike Cohn recommends truly involving users as participants in the process instead of just asking them what they want.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Explosions, Education and e-Commerce

Get the software engineering slant on items from the recent news.

Pam Young's picture Pam Young
The Power of Two

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, see how pair work benefits everyone and why two brains are better than one.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Creative License

Project managers seldom worry about nurturing the creative sides of team members. But if you plan and schedule for creativity the way you do for the more tangible aspects of your software project, you might be pleasantly surprised at the practical results you gain.

Patrick Bailey's picture Patrick Bailey
2004 Salary Survey

Each year we ask you, the readers, to tell us about your job, your experience, and your compensation. We then present our findings in a format that makes it easy to compare yourself to your peers. Check it out.

Francesca Matteu's picture Francesca Matteu
eXtreme Makeover

How one manager transformed an organization historically known for late delivery, poor quality, and low morale into an energized team that produces high-quality software on schedule.

Larry Bernstein's picture Larry Bernstein
The Proper Care and Feeding of Programmers

Developers are a unique bunch. They tend to have innate characteristics that cause them to approach problems in ways that leave their managers scratching their heads. Discover what natural behaviors are likely to cause conflicts and what you can do to work with those instinctual traits, instead of against them.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn


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