Better Software Magazine Articles

Congratulations! You're a Manager

You may deserve a promotion to management, but are you prepared for the challenges that next level may bring? Find out how practicing managerial skills on your technical tasks can help ease the transition.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Make It Personal

Often, despite all the data, the bugs, and the business case for quality, people don't make real changes until they discover what's in it for them. Bob Lee shows you how to make quality matter to those upstream.

Robert E. Lee
The Secret Ingredients of High Morale

Jessica and Sean have just attended the company spirit meeting, and they're feeling a little dispirited. What does it really take to build morale? The answer is both simple and difficult. Learn the ingredients of morale as identified by a group of experts—a project team that may be a lot like yours.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Teambuilding at Work

In this edition of "The Last Word," Johanna Rothman outlines a team building exercise that omits ropes courses and campfire songs.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Collaborative Pest Control

Read this edition of "From the Front Line," to find out why Brett Goldman says having more QA meetings can be a good thing.

Brett Goldman
Job Hunting in a Tight Market

Tech stocks are down, money is tight, and companies are laying off. Are there any jobs out there for software professionals? In this edition of "Career Development," Rebecca Traeger speaks to two industry recruiters to find out.

Rebecca Traeger
Once upon a Design

Communicating a project design is similar to telling or writing a story, and the same rules apply. Discover how to consider your purpose and your audience as you craft your tale.

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock
The Marriage of Estimation and Negotiation

Successful projects deliver what they say they will, when they say they can, at a certain cost. Generating reliable project commitments requires a union between accurate project estimation and principled negotiation.

Michael Mah
Project Management Credibility

Other people's perceptions of the project manager's
credibility may not match his/her intentions or assumptions. Lack of credibility limits effectiveness and contributes to unrealistic budgets/deadlines. Earn credibility by being committed to results in the first fifteen minutes managing by facts through to delivery, and staying sensitive to avoid credibility traps.

Robin Goldsmith, Go Pro Management, Inc.
Reducing Organization Stress and Strain: Tools for Aligning Technology and Business

This article will help your team understand the difference between internal and external quality criteria. Also detailed are tool descriptions you can use in your alignment toolbox.

Elisabeth Hendrickson, Quality Tree Software, Inc.

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