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Category: Leadership

Collaborative Code Review

Our Summary of “The State of Code Review 2017” by SmartBear

SmartBear—a company that creates monitoring tools—released another 35 page, detailed study of code review and collaboration. You can read the whole study here, but who has the time for that? No need to worry about missing out, we read it for you and pulled out what we feel are the highlights.

The findings are a compilation of responses from 550 developers representing about 30 different industries. Some of these industries are computer software, mobile development, systems integration, aerospace, insurance, industrial manufacturing, and game development. All sizes of organizations are represented from smaller teams with just a few developers to large companies with over 50 software team members. Read More

Project Management

Launch a Successful IT Project

Did you know that 75 percent of executives anticipate their organization’s software projects will fail? While IT projects are notoriously challenging to plan and measure, industry studies reveal that failure is common and just as costly as you think.

No matter your philosophy on agile, scrum, waterfall, or some mix in between, we feel there are few things every good project needs to be successful.

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Solving IT Problems

How To Solve the Right Problem

At this point, there is little that technology is incapable of doing. We can automate just about any process if an application doesn’t exist today – build it from scratch, and with AI and machine learning we have barely scratched the surface of what is possible. New technologies can be developed and scaled quickly, solving problems for millions in a few short years, months, or even days.

With technology, we can solve problems- we already know this. But how do we know if we are solving the right problems? Read More

How to Save $37 Billion

The average employee has 62 meetings a month, spending 31 hours in unproductive meetings resulting in a $37 billion salary cost.

We all know the basics of meetings 101- have an objective, start and end on time, give everyone an opportunity to contribute, stay on topic, don’t hold excessive meetings, etc.

…mind-blowing stuff here I know.

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Influencing Without Authority

So you’ve been tasked with leading a project, being a contributor, or just need to have some influence over a team you are on.  Regardless of the circumstance, most of us have been in a position in which we needed to be able to be influential to without formal authority.  There is no sure-fire way to build influence, but the following methods have worked for others.

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