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Don’t know how to get feedback at work? Here are some practical ways to start

At Atlassian Summit this year, we heard from author Kim Scott, who’s spent years studying the best way to give feedback, and eventually wrote a book …

Agile software development still more a feel-good term than reality

'It breaks my heart to see the ideas we wrote about in the Agile Manifesto used to make developers' lives worse, instead of better,' a co-author of …

Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning

Over the years I created my fair share of product strategies, roadmaps and project gantts. I don’t do them anymore. I found a better alternative …

The Future Of Software Testing Part One

OK, here it is:<p>Testing in Production with real users in real data centres will be a necessity for any high performing large scale software …

Reddit's List of the Most Disturbing Movies of All Time Will Freak You the F*ck Out

In early May, Reddit user Ladyberries posed an interesting question for other people on the site: "What are movies that genuinely disturbed you that don't have rape, violence, cannibalism, or gross images?" Sure, it's easy to get scares out of audiences when blood is being splashed all over the …

How Software Can Aid Testing in Agile Environments

Companies continue to adopt Agile methods for all kinds of software development, including development of enterprise systems, mobile apps and …

Software Development

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly …

Habitual Testing: Transform Negative Software Testing Culture By Leveraging Your Subconscious

I think we can all agree that testing code is valuable.<p>Well tested code assures the completion of acceptance criteria, guiding implementation by …

Is your team making bad decisions? The culprit is likely your conversations

“Oh no, here we go again,” thought Laura as she sat in her weekly engineering meeting. Two of her engineers, Rob and Rachel were at it again. Arguing …

Leadership

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

There are hit albums, and then there’s <i>Dark Side of the Moon</i>. Pink Floyd‘s eternally popular song cycle has sold more than 15 million copies in the …

Google wants to teach more people AI and machine learning with a free online course

A new ‘Learn with Google AI’ site will serve as a hub for AI and machine learning resources<p>Machine learning and AI are some of the biggest topics in the tech world right now, and Google is looking to make those fields more accessible to more people with its new Learn with Google AI website.<p>Google …

A flight attendant says 'nobody cares' if you actually turn off your phone on a plane — and reveals the disgusting reason you should never drink coffee in the air

There's something intriguing about the life of airline crew members. Maybe it's the pristine uniform, the jet-setting lifestyle, or the secret codes and signs. But people in the industry often say the job is nowhere near as glamorous as it appears.<p>Confirming that is an unnamed flight attendant at a …

E.coli

I ditched my financial advisor for an app, and saving money has never been easier

At the risk of sounding cliché, I'm a millennial with almost no investing experience. I have a 401(k) retirement account, but all my non-retirement savings has been stashed in a standard savings account from Bank of America.<p>With interest rates low and my savings not doing much, I decided it was …

Apps

In Your 30s? Make Sure You Can Check These Money Moves Off Your List

There are certain financial milestones you should aim to hit by your 30s. Here are a few to focus on.<p>Most folks in their 30s are already a good 10 …

Personal Finance

Don't buy a new MacBook Air — consider replacing the battery instead

To be honest, it's a snoozer of an upgrade.<p>The Air now starts with a 1.8 GHz processor, instead of a 1.6 GHz processor. That's a minor change, and as my colleague Jeff Dunn pointed out, there are a lot of reasons you should NOT buy a new Air.<p>But for fans of the MacBook Air, like myself, this leaves …

MacBook Air

10 high-quality Apple Watch bands that cost under $20 each

If you’ve got an Apple Watch, you know how awesome this little gadget truly is. You can see all of your notification and so much more without ever …

A California Bill Could Totally Disrupt The Dialysis Industry

And by "total disruption," we mean making sure workers have time to clean the machines between patients.<p>HBO’s John Oliver took on the dialysis industry a couple of weeks ago, highlighting a pair of companies that have a near-monopoly on keeping your kidney functions going.<p>Between them, these two …

Health Care

14 career books that won't bore you to death

Career books are written with the best of intentions, but wow: can they ever be boring. Not to mention that every airport bookstore stocks the same …

6 powerful ways to build an amazing agile team

This is a guest post written by Kat Boogaard, a writer for Toggl who covers a little bit of everything — but places most of her focus on career, …

How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from …

Here's how to wipe your old iPad/iPhone/iPod touch for resale

I've been asked several times over the past few days about how to wipe an iPad ready for resale (presumably because Apple has a new iPad out). …

Splitting agile stories | Zephyr

<i>The following article is a guest post to Zephyr from Rodney West, Senior Consultant and the Editorial Director at Isos Technology. Isos Technology is</i> …

User Stories Best and Worst Practices

For Training, Coaching, and Consulting engagements, please contact me for details on how I can help your organization.<p>Summary<p>This presentation got …

How to manage projects like a bona fide project manager

So. You have to manage a project, and you’re not a project manager by trade.I’ve been there. It’s pretty daunting, with all these different …

Project Management

Reinventing QA in the DevOps era | Zephyr

Documentation and testing are two activities that have traditionally been give short shrift on software development teams. Documentation, in the form …

Stopping team dysfunction (even before it starts)

This is <i>not</i> the story of a team that was obviously broken.<p>On the surface, we looked like your typical, high-powered marketing team. Busy, ambitious, …

How to facilitate successful offsite meetings: it’s all about the humans

Ahh, January. The scent of new beginnings is in the air. We’re recharged after our holiday breaks, ready to tackle the tough questions awaiting us …

Elevator Pitch Exercise and Template

USE THIS PLAY TO...<p>Set your team up with a consistent and simple explanation of your project or job, and the value it delivers to your customers.<br>• If …

Elevator Pitches