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Project communication plan Developing a Clear Project Communication Plan

When planning a software project, you need a thorough project communication plan. Both managers and developers need to take part in formulating the plan so that the correct terms of reference are present, achievable goals are set, and deadlines are attainable. Clear communication is essential. Here's what to include.

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Michelle Brooks
Two agile team members exchanging feedback in a retrospective 6 Ways to Share Negative Feedback in a Retrospective

Negative feedback has the greatest potential to help people change in areas that can have a lasting impact. But sharing negative experiences and criticism can often be a challenge and may cause more harm than good. Here are six tips for sharing negative experiences effectively and building trust along the way.

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Alan Crouch
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
Groups of people networking at a conference Learning to Network: Fake It till You Make It

Failure is part of learning; we have to do things we are not good at in order to become better at them. To learn networking, we have to take the risk of failing and do what we fear. This means taking small steps to open up, asking questions, and listening—and even pretending to be interested until you really are!

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Isabel Evans
Unapproachable man scowling at his computer Are You Unintentionally Unapproachable?

Could you be giving off an air of unapproachability without meaning to? Is it possible that you exhibit some unwelcome behaviors that are so subtle you’re not even aware of them? Think about whether you have any of the following habits that could give your coworkers the impression that you are unapproachable.

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Richard Estra
A speaker giving a presentation to a room full of people Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

If you want to improve your presentation skills, then whenever you attend a presentation, pay attention not just to the content, but also to the delivery of that content. In doing so, note what strikes you as positive or negative about the presentation. Then strive to emulate the positives and avoid the negatives.

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Naomi Karten
An empathetic software professional talking to her coworker Why Software Careers Are Great for Empathetic People

In a skills-driven world like IT, you should have programming knowledge, good communication skills, and problem-solving abilities. But being a highly empathetic person means you also have a set of soft skills that can give you an edge to have a great career in software. Here's why your strengths are a good fit for IT.

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Miles Maftean
Red "Emergency pull" lever How to Manage Effectively during a Company Crisis

Regardless of the size and scope of a crisis, any hope of resolving it quickly is made worse by something that often happens: when those in charge handle the situation poorly, such as going into denial, blaming others, or trying to resolve the situation secretly. Here's how you should deal with a company crisis.

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Naomi Karten