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Calendar with deadline circled Gain a Competitive Advantage by Meeting Your Deadlines

When you agree to do something by a certain date, do you meet your deadline? Many people don’t, which turns into a huge competitive advantage for those who do. That's because when people know you as someone they can count on to help them meet their own deadlines, you’re the one they’ll turn to for other opportunities.

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Naomi Karten
Listening Want to Be a More Effective Leader? Conduct a Listening Tour

Leaders who are moving into a new position should hold what’s called a listening tour. This lets the person doing the touring hear what’s on the minds of subordinates or team members. It helps a new leader get the lay of the land while also allowing the people they’ll be leading to express their thoughts or concerns.

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Naomi Karten
Better Software summer 2017 issue cover What’s in the Summer 2017 Issue of Better Software Magazine

It can be a challenge to develop software solutions on a variety of operating system platforms. Browser-based apps support some degree of platform independence with HTML 5, but web apps aren't usually as robust as desktop apps. Our cover story removes the mystery of how to create apps for both Windows and macOS.

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Ken Whitaker
RoboBee Can the IoT Help Save the Bees?

More than one-third of all crops in the US require insect pollination, and managed honey bee colonies are our main resource. According to the US Department of Agriculture, beekeepers have been steadily losing colonies, but the IoT may be able to help with some interesting projects.

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Pamela Rentz
Professional network Building and Maintaining a Professional Network

Your professional network can be a valuable asset when you are looking for information, recruiting, or seeking a new job. But how do you get a good network? The obvious answer is to be honest, bright, hardworking, and personable, but there are other things you can do to grow and strengthen your network, too.

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Payson Hall
Man holding a light bulb Revitalize Your Problem-Solving by Conducting a Solution Analysis

When you're solving a problem, it's a good idea to analyze a solution you come up with before implementing it. One way to do that is to ask what’s good about a proposed solution and what’s bad about it, focusing in particular on the impact of the solution. This way you can be sure you've thought everything through.

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Naomi Karten
Team having an agile standup meeting 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Agile Meetings

People think agile entails too many meetings, but usually that complaint has nothing to do with the number of meetings, but rather the way they're run. New agile teams often do everything together because they think that’s what agile expects, but that's not true. Here are five tips to better run your agile meetings.

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Jeffery Payne
Two cords bound together How to Communicate to Build Trust on a Scrum Team

Trust among the ScrumMaster, product owner, and development team is essential to making the process work. Transparency, inspection, and adaptation are the three pillars of Scrum, and you can't commit to these actions if everyone doesn’t have openness and respect for each other. Communication is the best way to do that.

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Steve Berczuk