Working in Tech

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Daily Tip: End the Day With a ‘To Do’ List

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Lots of us keep ‘To Do’ lists, and rely on them as a way to organize our activities throughout the day. Often the creation of these lists is a somewhat slapdash affair—when you realize the need to do something, you jot a note about it in your notebook or phone. That inevitably leads to forgetting things. The solution? Consider setting aside some time at the end of every workday to reflect on everything you did, and use those reflections to… continue…

Daily Tip: How to Ask for a Raise

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Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made waves in the wrong sort of way, when he told an audience of women tech pros at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration that they should trust the system to give them a raise, instead of just asking for one. While Nadella quickly walked back his comments, his gaffe raises an interesting point: How exactly does one go about asking for a raise? Taking a few simple steps could help boost your chances of… continue…

Android Lollipop Offers API Sweetness for Developers

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When Google unveiled the next version of its Android operating system at its I/O conference this summer, it chose to stay a little cagey about the name, referring to the upgrade simply as “L.” With the software set for release “in coming weeks,” Google has finally revealed the full name: “Lollipop.” That’s not much of a surprise, considering how Google names each successive generation of Android after a different dessert—maybe “Lemon Meringue Pie” or “Licorice” could have substituted, but the… continue…

6 Behaviors That Will Cost You the B2B Deal

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By John White In my previous article I discussed several best practices related to B2B tech sales. Now it’s time to look at the other side of the coin: The sales behaviors that will cost you the deal, and in the process sink the company’s bottom line. Psycho Dialing Many sales reps are guilty of over-communicating with their prospects after the initial pitch. They fail to set a proper timeline for following up. Before they know it, the end of the… continue…

For Game Developers, It’s About the Labor of Love

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More people are playing video games than ever before—so many that we now have debates over who counts as a “gamer.” Is someone with a smartphone and an addiction to Candy Crush or Angry Birds a gamer, or should that title be reserved for those who play the more immersive and complex games generally available only on PCs and consoles? The best answer to this question might be, “Who cares?” For most purposes, there’s no need to differentiate between types… continue…

The Key to Good Business Process Modeling

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Business-use cases are essential for modeling because they define processes as series of sequential steps with alternate flows. These use cases help stakeholders better understand the business and what’s working, versus what’s not. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Modeling business processes can help with many things, including but not limited to: Eliminating irrelevant details Presenting processes in a common format for all stakeholders Understanding complexity Assessing efficiency Capturing how value is delivered Determining time and cost Different types of… continue…

This CEO Thinks Women Make Better Executives Than Men

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In a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider, The Container Store CEO Kip Tindell revealed that women occupy 70 percent of his company’s senior ranks, a reversal of what one sees in most firms. “Obviously, we have nothing against men,” he told the interviewer. “It’s just that the skillset—communication, empathy, emotional intelligence, understanding what we stand for (Conscious Capitalism, servant leadership), and being like our target customer—really fits the bill with women.” Click here to find IT management jobs. The rest… continue…

Daily Tip: Go Easy on the Email

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Sometimes it seems as if we’ve collectively surrendered to the urge to check email every 30 seconds, thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. People even treat email on their phones as a time-killer, something to do while they’re trapped in a boring meeting or slow-moving line. For years, you might have operated under the assumption that ubiquitous access to email was the best thing ever. Who wouldn’t want to fire off ten pithy messages while waiting for the… continue…

The Key to Steve Jobs’ Management Genius

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People like to call Apple co-founder Steve Jobs a “genius,” but he wasn’t a genius in the same way as, say, Alan Turing. He wasn’t a legendary developer, and he didn’t spend years perfecting hardware designs—instead, he had lots of employees who handled all aspects of Apple’s product portfolio. What made Jobs so successful, in the opinion of author Malcolm Gladwell, was his sense of “urgency,” an overpowering urge to get things done. “It’s attitude,” he told the audience at… continue…

Microsoft CEO Gaffe Highlights Gender Pay Issues

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke to an audience of female tech pros at the annual Grace Hopper Conference, and things didn’t quite go as planned. During an onstage question-and-answer session, Nadella suggested that female employees trust “karma” to get them the salary raise they deserve, rather than actually asking for one: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” That ignited… continue…