People & Teams

Better Software Magazine Articles

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
Put a Tough Decision in Its Place

Tell your manager where to go--for a decision, of course.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Are We There Yet?

Create project dashboards to display project progress and drive your team to success.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Bulking Up

How can strengthening people skills, such as teamwork and communication, help shape you into a top-form tester?

Fiona Charles's picture Fiona Charles
Changing Minds About Context Switching

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, Johanna Rothman explains what technicians can do to convince management that context switching in the technical world is a sure-fire means to a late project.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
The Short Management Lifecycle

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, Patrick Bailey tells the harrowing tale of a skilled technician-turned-manager who finds himself in a sticky situation with his CEO.

Patrick Bailey's picture Patrick Bailey

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