Better Software Magazine Articles

Two Candidates. One Position

Need a place to go to get the solutions you’ve been raving? Management Fix is what you’ve been looking for. In this issue, find out how to choose between two great candidates when you have only one open position.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
A Fond Farewell

Get our technical editors’ take on everything that relates to the industry, technically speaking. In this issue, Esther Derby says farewell, but as she goes, she leaves some parting tips on writing.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Saving a Sinking Project

The project that was going to jump-start your career is sinking fast: The product is behind schedule, over budget, and riddled with bugs. Your “ship” is taking on water, and your team is threatening mutiny. How did you get into this mess? And how will you get out? Peter Clark shows you how to navigate the waters of project management.

Peter Clark
Pace Wins the Race

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their own opinions on hot topics. Find out what Peter Clark really thinks about overtime and why Lance Armstrong may hold the secret to success.

Peter Clark
When Bad Performance Happens to Good Employees

Need a place to go to get the solutions you’ve been craving? Management Fix is what you’ve been looking for. In this issue, find out what to do when an employee who has historically performed well has a dry spell.

Elisabeth Hendrickson's picture Elisabeth Hendrickson
Was It Something I Said?

Sometimes it seems like talking to a customer is about as effective as chatting with a brick wall. Have you ever considered that the problem may not be your customer but your communication skills? Naomi Karten explains why HOW you say something can be just as important as the WAY you say it.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
Gaming 101, IM Spam, and Computers That Pounce

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

Rebecca Traeger
Promises and Prescriptions

What if someone told you that the cure for project woes was to throw due dates out the window, stop doing so much, and embrace uncertainty? Is this a radical treatment or just snake oil? The theory of constraints says it will work. Frank Patrick will show you how.

Frank Patrick
Multiprojecting: The Illusion of Progress

Think working on five projects at once will make great results appear like magic? Don't be so sure. The price your team pays by switching from one project to another could make your productivity disappear. Johanna Rothman reveals the smoke and mirrors behind the illusion of multiprojecting.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
How We Got Them to Read the Writing on the Wall

Tim Van Tongeren tells the story of how an internal progress poster became a popular gathering spot and information resource.

Tim Van Tongeren

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