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Waterfall 2006

Check your iterations at the door—it’s time for Waterfall 2006. With a wink and a finger pointed squarely at the April 1 square on his calendar, Mike Cohn offers some hints about what to look for at the much anticipated Waterfall 2006 conference.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Project Roundup

Have misplaced priorities or a lack of focus allowed your development project to run wild? Don't let a stampede of defects, repairs, and requirements change drive your project. Follow Robert Galen's advice, and corral that development with release criteria.

Bob Galen's picture Bob Galen
Fooling Around with XP

True confessions of a certified project manager, tempted to abandon all she has been taught for her one true passion.

Michele Sliger's picture Michele Sliger
When an Emergency Takes Center Stage

The middle of an emergency is no time to make a plan. Take a look at this installment of "Management Chronicles" to learn how not to be prepared for an emergency situation, and then read the Story Lines for some helpful, preparatory advice.

Peter Clark's picture Peter Clark
Help Wanted: Hiring a Software Tester With an Agile Attitude

What can you do to ensure you hire a tester with an agile attitude? Lisa Crispin explains the approach her team used to find a new tester with both the right skills and the right attitude.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Feedback Before Firing

If someone on your project team isn't working up to par, it might take more than a simple showing of your disapproval to put him on the right track. Johanna Rothman suggests trying specific and useful feedback--show your employees the light before you show them the door.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Held Hostage by a Prima Donna

This installment of Management Chronicles relates the story of an office that has been overtaken by the whims of a real prima donna. Is the value of one indispensable person worth risking the productivity of the entire team? Author Esther Derby offers her insights.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Living by Principles, Not by Plans

Reality is not a static thing, and when the reality of a situation changes, so too must our plans. In his article, Lee Copeland explains why "planning" does not equal "controlling" and suggests that we should look to our principles for guidance.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
A Look at Employment Trends in 2005

Better Software magazine and StickyMinds.com offer up readers' responses to our annual salary survey.
 

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Say It . . . Don't Stew In It

Managers aren't mind readers. Translate vague grievances into concrete recommendations for generating change in your workplace.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten

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