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Is Zappos Leading a New Management Trend With ‘Holacracy?’

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Tony Hsieh and Evan Williams have seen the future, and it’s called holacracy. Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, and Williams, the Twitter co-founder now starting up the Medium blogging hub, have both embraced this new approach to organizational structure and management. It eliminates traditional job descriptions and reporting layers and, its advocates say, puts power into the hands of the rank and file. Vox says it’s becoming the latest thing in Silicon Valley. Click here to find project management positions.… continue…

How to Protect Yourself When Your Team’s Project Fails

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When a project’s late, over-budget or has simply collapsed, people usually start looking for someone to blame. That’s a natural tendency, even though it’s rare for a project’s troubles to be the result of any one person’s actions. The causes are often systemic and many: a lack of communication on the team, a stakeholder who wasn’t kept in the loop, a need to juggle competing priorities that didn’t succeed, or simply unrealistic expectations at the outset. Poor management may have… continue…

The Tech Skills Every Business Analyst Needs to Know

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Even in a period of high demand, it’s important to have a diverse skill set. That means business analysts with a solid knowledge of technology have an advantage over their competition when they’re looking for a job. Creating a sense of confidence among, and gaining the respect of, IT and business end users requires you to speak their languages and demonstrate a strong technical aptitude. So, a BA needs to know what IT applications are being utilized, what options can… continue…

Amazon Launches Back-End Services to Aid Mobile Developers

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Amazon’s launched a series of services designed to support the back end of mobile apps, a move that some analysts say will reposition it as a top player in the space for Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS). The services, Amazon says, are designed to “to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications.” Find mobile development jobs here. One of them, Cognito, provides identity and data synchronization that lets developers authenticate users through popular public… continue…

Here’s Apple to Teach You About Swift

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As a company, Apple has a well-earned reputation for CIA-caliber secrecy. New products are developed under tight security, employees always refuse to comment on new projects and good luck trying to get a quote out of an executive if you’re a member of the press. With that in mind, the company’s latest move is a bit of a shocker: the debut of an official blog devoted to Swift, meant to provide “a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift… continue…

Is the Time Right to Learn Python 3?

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Python is an excellent and very popular programming language, considered one of the best-designed. It has a simple, clear syntax and runs very fast (faster if you compile it with CPython), but there is one slight problem facing anyone new to it: Which version should you learn? There are two versions of Python—Python 2 and Python 3. Python 2.7 is the last of the 2.* series (currently up to 2.7.7) and has been the recommended version to learn for ages.… continue…

How to Manage Older Tech Workers

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If you’re a younger manager, you’re bound to confront extra challenges in managing a tech team: Wrangling others gets easier with experience, but you’re probably still picking up some tricks, and sometimes older workers balk at the idea of working for someone who doesn’t have a resume as deep as theirs. Here’s some approaches that can help you bridge the generational gap. Click here to see jobs for tech managers. Meet the Challenge Head-On First, acknowledge the challenges in managing… continue…

SourceForge Interview: Enterprise Social Collaboration

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Over at SourceForge, the July Project of the Month (as elected by the community) is eXo, described as “a highly customizable, social-collaboration enterprise platform.” One of the project’s managers, Patrice Lamarque, talked with SourceForge about the project’s history and direction. Tell me about the eXo project, please. eXo produces a social collaboration platform for the enterprise, with software and add-ons. Large and medium-sized companies that desire social collaboration within their information system or that build an online community, social intranet, or a… continue…

4 Things Making Life Easier for PHP Developers

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Though some developers have walked away from PHP and aren’t looking back, InfoWorld’s Serdar Yegulalp notes that the last several years have seen changes that make the PHP world a more pleasant place to be. He thinks these four are the most important: Click here to see PHP-related jobs. Package Management Rather than depend on the notably difficult PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository) for package management, you can now use Composer, which tracks packages on a project-by-project basis, making… continue…

CarPlay, Android Auto and Other In-Car Systems You Need to Know

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Earlier this week, the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project—hosted by The Linux Foundation—announced a crucial step in its quest to bring a Linux-based software stack to automobile dashboards: Developers can now download the group’s first open-source software release. Key platform features include support for Google Maps, a News Reader (AppCarousel), Bluetooth-enabled phone, “smart device” integration, audio controls and media playback, all of which can be activated via a customizable dashboard. As befitting an open-source platform, developers have access to these… continue…