Working in Tech

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Confronting a Co-Worker Who Undermines You

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What do you do when a colleague has an agenda, and doesn’t mind steamrolling you on his or her way to fulfilling it? There can be any number of signs that it’s happening: Perhaps they’re leaving you off email threads, or not inviting you to project meetings. They may be positioning themselves as the person behind your work, or telling others you report to them on a project when in fact you’re equal colleagues. You may even be getting signals… continue…

Black IT Pros on Diversity in Tech

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While pundits and analysts debate about diversity in Silicon Valley, one thing is very clear: Black Americans make up a very small percentage of tech workers. At Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, that number is a bit less than 2 percent of their respective U.S. workforces; at Apple, it’s closer to 7 percent. According to the National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, blacks hold less than 8 percent of all information technology jobs… continue…

Want a Successful Project? Try a ‘Pre-Mortem’

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Many companies host post-project meetings to discuss what worked and what didn’t, a process known as “post-mortems.” But instead of waiting until the end of a project to figure out what might have gone wrong, how about holding “pre-mortems,” in which all aspects of planning are discussed before everybody gets to work? The latter could help avert real failures. Click here to find project management jobs. With software projects, a pre-mortem might work something like this: At the very beginning… continue…

3 Things Business Analysts Should Know About Agile Methodology

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Over the past few years, software development has moved more rapidly toward Agile practices. This change impacts how business analysts perform their role. Click here to find business analysis jobs. Here are three key aspects of how business analytics works differently in an Agile environment: 1. The Analyst Evolves to Become a Key Player in Helping Companies Avoid Costly Software Development Problems There are many definitions of “software architecture,” but its ultimate point is to make sure that the development… continue…

Daily Tip: In Presentations, More Isn’t Better

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We’ve all sat through the dreaded 300-slide PowerPoint presentation, which has a peculiar ability to warp time: Maybe 50 slides in, the minutes seem to stretch into hours, and everybody around the conference table begins to wonder whether they could fake a convincing-enough bout of food poisoning to escape out the door. Don’t be that type of presenter. Even without PowerPoint, the best presentations are (relatively) short. Don’t load up your visuals with too much text or content; if you’re… continue…

Why Millennials Won’t Be Like Your Old Boss

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The Millennials are growing up. That’s not to say they’re changing their ways: They’re still hyper-connected, and still want flexibility, balance and meaning from their jobs. But after years of challenging recruiters and HR with their unique approach to the workplace, the older members of Gen Y are leveraging their experience into management positions. That’s right. Soon, you could be working for a Millennial. Click here to find IT management jobs. Like any generation, Millennials vary in their expectations and… continue…

Daily Tip: Book Downtime for Yourself

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You know everybody needs downtime in order to recharge. But there’s a significant gap between knowing you need downtime, and actually scheduling that downtime. Too many things seem to get in the way: meetings, appointments, business trips, errands, and all the other tasks that fill up a schedule. What’s the solution? Take back the schedule: book 15- to 30-minute increments of free time into your schedule, and don’t allow anyone or anything to take them away from you. Use that… continue…

Daily Tip: In a Crisis, Candor Is Key

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When Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo broke apart over the Mojave Desert last week, it represented a major crisis for Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson, who has spent years shepherding the project through development. If you follow Branson’s Twitter feed, you know he’s been candid and quick in his responses over the past few days. While it remains to be seen whether the SpaceShipTwo project will move past this disaster and begin ferrying passengers into orbit, Branson’s response illustrates some key points… continue…

SourceForge Q&A: Open-Source Media Player for Windows

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SourceForge’s November “Community Choice” Project of the Month is MPC-HC, an extremely lightweight, open source media player for Windows. SourceForge’s editors sat down with MPC-HC administrator, Underground78, and the MPC-HC team to discuss the project’s history, purpose, and direction. Click here to find developer jobs. Tell me about the MPC-HC (Media Player Classic Home Cinema) project, please. MPC-HC supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. Based on the original Guliverkli project, MPC-HC contains a lot of additional features and bug… continue…

Daily Tip: Meg Whitman on a Successful Career

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Fortune recently compiled a list of job advice from some of the world’s top CEOs and business leaders, including Marc Andreessen and Warren Buffett, many of whom offer some pretty standard-issue counsel (“Follow your passion,” and so on). On that list, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman stands out for offering some lengthy—and useful—advice for those just starting out their careers: “Tips for leading a happy and successful career: Be clear what matters most. And what matters most is your family. There… continue…