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The Worst Way to Launch Change? Hold a Big, Formal Meeting. Here's What to Do Instead.

Fact-filled PowerPoint presentations don't engage employees.<p>Acme Corporation is under attack by startups and disrupters that are stealing the company's customers. So the senior leadership team hired a smart (and very expensive) consultant to develop a plan that will make the company more …

Employee Engagement

400 free online courses with credits that can count towards your degree

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science …

Online Education

A proactive flavor of DevOps grows at Google

For reliable applications, the web giant relies on 'site reliability engineering': DevOps with an engineering foundation.<p>Everyone wants to do DevOps …

DevOps

Agile Is Not Just Another Management Fad

Senior executives increasingly recognize that “Agile Is Eating The World.” In fact, surveys by both Deloitte and McKinsey show that over 90% of senior executives want to be agile, while less than 10% currently see their own firm as “highly agile.” There are now major efforts under way with “Agile …

Project Management

Product Process (part 1)

Before I left BrightRoll in 2016 I documented the approach we used for building successful products for future Product Managers on the team.<p>Themes to …

Inequality index: where are the world's most unequal countries?

Inequality isn’t all about income. Here’s a guide to different ranking systems – from wealth distribution to the World Happiness Report – and which countries rate best and worst under each<p>Measuring comparative levels of global inequality is far from straightforward. Is it fair to focus only on …

Project Managers & Scrum

Role of the Project Manager in ScrumThere is often confusion when organisations transition to an agile way of working, particularly with the mapping …

Product Owner vs Product Manager: Who is the Boss?

Product owner vs. product manager, this is the question! With so much debate over these two terms, it’s time to shed a little light on them.<p>What’s …

Product Owner Anti-Patterns

If you are working as a product owner, there is — very likely — room for improvement. I curated this list of the most common product owner …

How to Help Your Team Find Their Higher Purpose

When Gerry Anderson first became the president of DTE Energy, he did not believe in the power of higher organizational purpose.<p>We’re not talking about having a clear mission that focuses largely on how a business will generate economic value. DTE had one that set out the goal of creating long-term …

The LG CineBeam Projector Casts a Theater-Quality Image on Any Wall

It can cast a 150-inch, ultra high definition image on any wall<p>Listen, we get it: the last movie you saw in the theater probably began with “Padding” …

UI Designer Shares His Top 19 Bite-Sized Design Tips From Year’s Worth Of Advice

Some of you might already be familiar with UI designer Steve Schoger. Last month, DesignTAXI featured his free-to-download poster for web developers …

Escaping the vicious cycle of Plan & Execute

Tell me if this sounds familiar:<p>Well-thought-out strategies change seemingly every other quarter.<br>• 9-month projects that take two years to …

Agile Is Not A Method -- It Is A Way Of Thinking

Depending on your sources, the hype of agile may be fading behind buzzwords like lean and DevOps, or it might be dead already. But do not rush to see a grief therapist — you may not need to change your sprint dashboard or learn new acronyms. Agile is alive. It exists in the way your organization …

Project Management

This Secret Password Will Get You a Free Gift at Kimpton Hotels

Ahh, life is “suite” indeed with Kimpton hotels. The beloved boutique brand has brought back its popular summer Social Password seasonal promotion, …

Why you should be reading the privacy notices choking your inbox

The rules are changing, and participation is important<p>Your inbox has likely been inundated with consent requests and privacy policy updates notices in the past few weeks. These emails are coming from gaming companies and content providers. If you’re located in the EU, you’re probably getting …

Top 31 Of The Best Free Data Visualization Tools

Mastering the data is only half the battle. You still need data visualization tools and data storytelling strategies to explain the insights you have …

Github's Top Open Datasets For Machine Learning

When working with comprehensive datasets every data scientist seems to have their favorite go to. For free resources, Mansi Singhal CEO of qplum …

Design thinking, lean and agile are finally converging

Design, lean and agile have different modus operandi. With software releases now required by the hour, they need to be brought together to bring out …

5 Brilliant Non-Business Books That Will Make You Better at Thinking Outside the Box

Sometimes the best way to learn innovative approaches to innovation is to read something completely different.<p>If you want to be a better innovator, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of great books on the topic.<p>But as I mentioned in an earlier article, expertise can be the enemy of innovation. …

The Best (And Worst) Cities To Make Money On Airbnb

Airbnb has provided an extraordinary opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurial homeowners to monetize their property—whether it has been renting out a room or the entire house. In some locations property owners have even garnered enough profits to cover their monthly mortgage and then some. If …

4 soft skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Navigating the job search as a candidate can feel pretty opaque. From your perspective, it's difficult to identify which skills you should …

Employment

The Power of a Donation

How one six-year-old’s $8.15 donation turned into clean water for more than 2,500 people around the world.<p>It’s not uncommon for us to receive …

Inspiration

Want to Get Smarter? Read Something on This List

There’s a lot of hope today that playing mindless brain training games will make you smarter. But instead of trying a quick fix, why not read …

Artificial Intelligence

Can Machine Learning Predict Poverty?

World Bank hosted its poverty prediction competition on the competition hosting website drivendata.org. The link to the competition is here. We …

Social Innovation Strategist On a Mission

Nicole Motter (J.D. ’12) has been passionate about social change for as long as she can remember. However, after beginning her career working on the …

How to Build a Modern Pergola

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful, modern pergola to add value to your home’s exterior. When that pergola is a streamlined, two-toned piece of …

What your organization's font choices say about your brand

We know color influences a customer's decision to buy, but it turns out typography does, too.<p>Yes, the fonts you use on your website and in your logo …

The Met Museum Releases 400k Free High-Res Images For Personal Commercial Use

Image via The Met<p><b>It’s not every day</b> you can swipe a freebie from one of the world’s leading museums. On the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, …

Museums

Pitching an Investor? This Is Exactly How Many Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck

A killer investor presentation only needs to convey these key things.<p>When I sit down with new startup founders, most ask me about one thing: raising money.<p>This is smart of them, because, as I've stated previously, fundraising needs to be one of the core competencies of any young company. Yet for …

Investing