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Effective communication Effective Project Communication: Not Just What, but Why

The requirements for communicating project status to executives are often paradoxical: Be brief but thorough; don’t go into the weeds, but make sure I know all the important details. Responding to these constraints can be challenging, but you still need to clearly convey your work's significance and risks.

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Payson Hall
Frazzled How to Feel (a Little) Less Rushed and Overwhelmed

If you're one of the people who pretty much constantly feels rushed and overwhelmed, there are ways to cope. It's a good idea to ask yourself whether the stress is really necessary, and if it is, you can learn to become aware of when you're overwhelmed so you can cut back on the causes and gain some control.

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Naomi Karten
Problem management Are You Problem Solving When You Should Try Problem Managing?

Usually in our projects, our goal is problem-solving. We find the root cause of a problem and experiment until we eradicate it. But is solving always the right path? Sometimes, our problems are temporary and only require a patch. In those cases, problem managing is probably the better choice.

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Johanna Rothman
man multitasking with eight arms How to Choose the Right Test Cases to Maximize Efficiency

For test teams, throwing every test case in the book at a project isn't practical or necessary. By understanding test design techniques and what to look for in a good test case, teams can choose the ones right for their requirements and improve their testing efficiency.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
big fish in small bowl Agile Transformations Are All about Being Uncomfortable

If you’re hoping to become agile, you have to get uncomfortable before you break through and find your stride. Agile is all about growth, and in order to grow, you have to adopt new concepts, practices, and techniques that will force you to change what you’re doing in a way that might not come easy.

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Josiah Renaudin
Iterations Apply Design Thinking and Agile Principles to Your Life Changes

The challenges people face when trying to make changes in their lives are similar to those faced by engineers and designers when developing novel products. Using design thinking, you can learn to work within limits, see how the choices you make affect your situation, and iterate until you find your direction.

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Steve Berczuk
Person giving a presentation When Giving Presentations, Weed Out the Wordiness

Sitting through a presentation that features text-filled slide after boring slide can be an eye-straining, headache-inducing experience. If you really want to engage your audience, opt for more photos and graphs, limit the bullet points, and make your presentation about more than what's on your slides.

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Naomi Karten
accessible computer monitor Techniques for Creating Accessible Multimedia

While creating accessible multimedia has explicit benefits for organizations, the importance of creating accessible content will continue to rise as more people with disabilities use the latest consumer technologies.

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Sunil Dangwal