Job Skills

5 Technologies That Could Alter Your Career

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Predicting the future with any accuracy is a nigh-impossible feat. But when you want to start learning a new technology that will help you in your career, you have to do your best to determine if it’s just hype, or if it will endure. Analysts at companies such as Gartner and Forrester put out lists of new technologies that they expect to grow; at Dice, it’s also possible to see spikes in demand for professionals skilled in emerging hardware, software,… 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: 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…

Daily Tip: Choosing a Software Platform

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A lot of apps promise to “disrupt” our lives in a positive way, and for every over-hyped piece of software that fails to gain any marketplace traction, there always seems to be one or two that might actually change how we communicate, schedule, and work. But how to determine which app might prove useful for your business, versus a piece of junk you’ll have to replace after a year because it fails to meet your needs? For software development jobs,… continue…

The Key to Retaining Your Best Employees

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Carly Guthrie, who used to run human resources at iconic New York City restaurant Per Se before jumping into the tech world, sat down recently with First Round to discuss what really drives employees to leave their companies, and how those companies can craft policies that retain people for the long term. Click here to find team lead positions. Guthrie thinks people leave companies for the following reasons: Lack of Respect for Peoples’ Time: This is a big one: people… continue…

Python 3 String-Processing Causing Problems?

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Widely known as a general-purpose programming language, Python is excellent at string handling—but a few things have changed between Python 2 and Python 3. This article is a reminder of what Python strings can (still) do for you, as well as a look at what you need to know about Python 3 strings. We discussed some of these Python 3 changes in a previous article. Python 3 relies on Unicode Characters, more specifically UTF-8 as the default source encoding. This… continue…

Employers Worried About Critical-Thinking Skills

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How does an employer measure critical-thinking skills? That’s a pressing question, considering that every company on the planet needs employees who can analyze information in a way that’s ultimately good for the bottom line. But how do you tell which employees have the right aptitude? According to The Wall Street Journal, employers have wildly different methods of evaluating their employees for critical-thinking skills. Goldman Sachs, for example, asks job candidates to “assess company valuations and stock pitches and then to… continue…