10 Signs Your Packaged Software is Sabotaging Your Business And 5 Questions to Ask

The “build vs. buy” question is one that is challenging for many organizations, especially those who do not consider themselves software development firms. Given the increasing reliance of all businesses on being “smarter” and more efficient than its competitors, pretty much all companies today need to consider that there may be times where “building” something…

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11 Leadership Practices That Could Sink Your Software Project

Software development projects can be foiled by management practices that seem sound in theory but rarely pay off when developing code. These seemingly sound practices make general business sense, but we should avoid “going all in on them” when developing software products or catastrophe may ensue. The author presents 11 management beliefs / truisms /…

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Does Your Code Smell?

“In computer programming, a code smell is any characteristic in the code that potentially indicates a deeper problem … Code smells are usually not bugs; they are not technically incorrect and do not prevent the program from functioning. Instead, they indicate weaknesses in design that may slow down development or increase the risk of bugs…

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25 Communication Skills Every Tech Manager Needs

Of all the skills you need to be successful as a tech manager, effective communication is perhaps the most important–and often the hardest to improve. This is because communication is actually a diverse, complex set of skills that build upon one another. Explore the wide range of skills needed and expand your abilities: from writing…

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Effective Communication Skills in Software Engineering

Clear, concise communication is fundamental to the success of software engineering teams as well as individual developers’ careers.  Although clear communication may not be immediately recognized as a top priority by coders, being able to communicate effectively with other coders, technical and business management, users, and other stakeholders is a key ingredient for team and…

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Public Speaking for Software Developers

Take this virtual public speaking masterclass for developers to build your public speaking abilities. This series of videos teaches developers both why being an effective public speaker is important for technology focused engineers, as well as how to do it. Watch them here.

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10 Ways to Succeed in Software Public Relations

Software public relations is becoming increasingly important in the very crowded technology marketplace. Without a strong PR presence, it’s impossible for software providers to gain traction and establish themselves as thought leaders in their fields. More than ever, success in software public relations demands finesse, expertise and a keen understanding of the most effective tactics…

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Business School for Engineers at RailsConf 2021

The former Director of Engineering at The Gnar, Kevin Murphy, spoke at RailsConf 2021. The talk, which is cleverly described to the audience as an “accelerated MBA program for software engineers”, is titled “Engineering MBA: Be the Boss of Your Own Work”. The presentation touches on several business concepts and explains not only how different…

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Local Services with asdf and foreman

Upon learning of asdf plugins for backing services like Postgres, Redis, Elasticsearch and others, my first question was whether and to what extent it could replace Docker for providing those services in local development, where asdf already shines for versioning. The first obstacle for most users will be that asdf has no equivalent of docker…

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