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A Long View of the "Short" Technology Career

The prevailing wisdom is that software careers are short. Matthew Heusser suggests an alternative perspective—that the short life of a tech career creates additional options and, toward the end, may even be worth letting go of.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Management Myth #9: We Have No Time for Training

It’s never easy to schedule training, but you must if you want the people you manage to learn a new language, tool, or skill. Johanna offers some tips for making time and capitalizing on curiosity.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
The ROI of Learning for Software Testers The ROI of Learning for Software Testers

Lisa Crispin shares some helpful tools she has come across in her software career. Although Lisa has written automated test code since the early '90s, in the past year she's collaborated more with coder and tester teammates to write maintainable, DRY, automated test code.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Considering the Modern Technology Career Considering the Modern Technology Career

The technical career ladder may be a quick climb, but what will you find at the top? Matthew Heusser looks at the lifespan, challenges, and opportunities of the modern tech career.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
I Can Still Do Significant Technical Work Management Myth #8: I Can Still Do Significant Technical Work

The temptation can be incredibly strong for managers—especially new ones—to step in when a technical problem arises. But, that isn’t a very good show of faith in one’s team members. Johanna Rothman writes that as a manager, you have to delegate a problem and leave it delegated.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Management Myth #7: I Am too Valuable to Take a Vacation Management Myth #7: I Am too Valuable to Take a Vacation

There's a common myth among managers—that they are the only drivers and decision makers for their teams and, therefore, can't take time off. In reality, regardless of the team or workgroup you manage, your team makes decisions without you all the time.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
To Get Certification or Not to Get Certification—That Is the Question

There are many reasons for getting a certification, including professional advancement and promotion, pay raises, and recognition that you are at a certain level in your career, but there are still some factors you need to to consider before you take the plunge.

Joe Townsend's picture Joe Townsend
Management Myth #6: I Can Save Everyone Management Myth #6: I Can Save Everyone

Not every employee is salvageable, and it’s almost always a case of cultural fit. If you’ve provided honest and open feedback and the employee can’t or won’t change, it’s up to the manager, or the self-managing team, to help the employee move on.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
When It Might Be OK to Read Your Slides

Knowing when to read the read the full slides of your presentation, when to paraphrase them, and when to let your attendees read them on their own. The way you read your slides can determine how much is learned during your session, along with keeping attendees engaged in your topic.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
 Have an Objective Ranking System Management Myth #5: We Must Have an Objective Ranking System

An objective ranking system is unnecessary when trying to determine an employee's value, and it can even be detrimental to collaboration on teams. Providing feedback, facilitating knowledge building, and allowing them to contribute are three key ways to help your employees excel in their roles.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman

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