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2017 State of Testing Survey

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers on  Jan 09, 2017

The 2017 State of Testing survey aims to provide insights into how the testing profession develops. The survey is open throughout January 2017.

Culture & Methods Follow 68 Followers

How Business Mapping Increases Agility at Lloyds Bank

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers on  May 10, 2016

Tony Grout and Chris Matts spoke about the emerging areas of business mapping and skills liquidity at QCon London 2016 and how they apply them at Lloyds Bank. They showed how they deploy these techniques and explained how they combine business strategy with the abilities and aspirations of people to improve collaboration between business and technical stakeholders. InfoQ interviewed them.

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Putting People First to Increase Motivation and Performance

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers on  Jan 15, 2015 1

Focusing on the motivation of individuals can positively impact performance. An interview with Peter van Oevelen about motivating individuals, influencing the mood of teams, applying radical management, economies of motivation and building effective teams with individuals that have their own ideas, preferences and motivations.

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Empowered People Control Their Own Career

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers on  Dec 15, 2014

Fons Leroy, CEO of VDAB (a public employment service in Belgium), talked about how innovation and co-creation has helped strengthen citizens on the labor market. He explored what VDAB is doing to empower citizens to be in the driver seat of their own career. Organizations can use a similar approach to empower employees and increase organizational agility.

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Supporting Personal Development in a Learning Organization

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers on  Dec 12, 2013 1

Organizations learn through their employees. To enable adoption of agile ways of working, organization have to support the personal development of their employees.

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CareerCast.com Ranks Software Engineer Best Job in 2012

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 01, 2012

CareerCast.com has recently published a ranking of 200 different jobs. In this investigation software engineer was determined to be the best job and better rated than actuary, human resources manager, dental hygienist or financial planner.

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Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 28, 2011

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

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Lack of Software Engineers Bears Risks

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 12, 2011 32

Although many products and solutions increasingly leverage software as an essential fundament, software engineers are becoming a rare species in Western countries. The problem with scarce availability of well-educated software engineers is that many companies require more engineers then they can get and if that gap widens, this could damage the leading edge of some companies.

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Software Engineer best rated Job in 2011

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 22, 2011 1

According to careertrack.com the best rated job in 2011 is Software Engineer, at least in the US. 200 professions across various industries, skill levels, and salaries have been surveyed to calculate the ranking which is determined by taking the work environment, physical demands, outlook, income and stress into account.

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Craft or not? Dan North rejects the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 04, 2011 11

In recent blog posting Dan North, well known expert for software engineering and employee of DRW Trading, explains his rejection to the Manifesto for Software Craftmanship. This posting raised some immediate responses in the community and among the readers of the blog. According to Dan 20000 people visited his blog and 150 people left comments.

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Unique Software Degree Program Restarted

by Dave West  Followers on  Aug 27, 2010 1

A unique university program of education in software and systems design has been restarted at New Mexico Highlands University. The program is based on experiential learning, features apprenticeships, and uses a radically restructured and accelerated curriculum. The program goal: "to produce a community of professionals capable of solving complex, "wicked," problems with computing technology.

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Developer Survey: Challenges and New Technologies

by Dave West  Followers on  Aug 24, 2010 2

Embarcadero has released the results of a survey of 600 professional developers conducted in May-June of 2010. The survey focused on identifying the "top developer trends, challenges, key initiatives, and current tools being used. The survey respondents were primarily application developers with the size of the respondents companies primarily from organizations with less that 25 people."

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Software Craftsmanship Conference 2010 - Just Code

by Michael Hunger Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 07, 2010 1

The European Software Craftsmanship Conference 2010 will be held on Oct 7th 2010 at Bletchley Park, UK. The theme of the hands-on, community-led conference is: "No talks. No keynotes. Just code."

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The Role of the Enterprise Architect

by Boris Lublinsky Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 28, 2010 7

Although the enterprise architect has become one of the more popular and sometimes respected profession in IT, the discussion about the enterprise architect’s role continues. A round table discussion at The Open Group’s Security Practitioners Conference attempted to clarify the enterprise architect’s role.

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Polymath: a new IT job description

by Dave West  Followers on  Jul 19, 2010 12

Is "polymath" a required job skill for IT professionals? The rise of cloud computing, "green" computing, ultra-large scale systems, and even SOA and SaaS suggest the answer is yes. A book by Vinnie Mirchandani has prompted a flurry of commentary on what it would mean to be an IT Polymath and why such a skill is desirable.

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