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A project team bumping fists 6 Ways to Build Strong Relationships on Your Project Team

When you form a new team to tackle a major project, the project's success hinges not just on the technical savvy of the team members, but also—and especially—on how well the team members get along. How everyone communicates and collaborates can make or break your project. Here's how to build strong team relationships.

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Naomi Karten
Agile servant leader nurturing three small plants To Be a Good Leader, Become a Better Servant

Wanting to serve others—not wanting them to serve you—is one of the best signs of an effective leader. Being a leader is also not about doing more of the work or being the most technical person on your team. Rather, it's actually about giving up some of your work to help others grow. Here's what else good leaders do.

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Owen Gotimer
Tester teaching developers about quality practices Testers as Disciplinarians

As testers, are we disciplinarians? We shouldn't fall into the trap of controlling quality or becoming quality police. Instead, we should be true facilitators of quality, enabling the product team to own it in their own right at every stage. Isn’t this what teachers do, too, in the learning process? What is our role?

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Rajini Padmanaban
Cute dog wearing a disguise with a fake nose and glasses Beware Confidence Masquerading as Competence

Self-confidence is essential to tackling difficult problems. Where we need to be careful is not being falsely overconfident. What’s behind that overconfidence can either help or hinder your solving issues and achieving a good result. Here's how to make sure that confidence is backed up by competence in your team.

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Steve Berczuk
Person in an office wearing noise-canceling headphones Are Headphones Hindering Your Office Communication?

With all the chatter going on in offices, people often turn to headphones to block out the noise and be able to concentrate. Noise-canceling headphones block out distractions, but they can also block out communication. It may be a good idea to set some boundaries for their use so employees can still collaborate.

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Naomi Karten
Customer support team member Standing Up Your Product Help Desk

Great technical support is an integral part of any software commercialization plan. But how can you get high-quality tech support without breaking the bank? Here are some ways to economically provide technical support that adds value and educates customers on using your product correctly, safely, and effectively.

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Brianne O'Brien
Agile team contributing in a brainwriting session Brainstorming 2.0: Generate Better Ideas with Brainwriting

For decades brainstorming has been our go-to method for ideation, yet it holds back our success when the environment doesn't encourage everyone to contribute. Instead, try brainwriting—writing ideas on paper and letting teammates iterate on them. It improves not only the quantity of ideas you get, but also the quality.

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Chris Murman
Software professionals at a table with assorted laptop computers The 4 C’s of Business Success

Business success in the software world depends on many factors, but certain tactics apply whether the company is large or small, in a niche or a wide market. Organizations should focus on these four components—customers, competition, content, and creativity—to craft a smart strategy for success.

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Martha Jameson