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Improve Your “Soft-Skills” and Keep Your Job! By Paul D. Sheriff In challenging economic times, you need to “Be All You Can Be.” I am not just talking about being the best at coding in your company. I assume because you are reading this magazine that you are a programmer and that you are probably very good at your job. To ensure that you are not the one that gets the pink slip on your desk, you really should think about what else you can do to make yourself more valuable to your company. As programmers, we love to code. I have too often seen programmers spend 100 hours on getting a 10% increase in speed on a routine that is only called twice in their application. Understand How Software Helps Your Business Yes, I know you coded the software, but do you really understand how it helps the end user get their job done? When you take the time to work in the actual business you get a better appreciation for what the users do day in and day out. Get Involved with Requirements Gathering Ask questions and get the answers.

Oral Communication. 10 highly valued soft skills for IT pros. Today's IT pro needs both technical expertise and soft skills -- that's nothing new. But the scope of those in-demand soft skills just keeps growing. Editor's note: This article originally published in July 2012. Depending on which company you talk to, there are varying demands for IT technical skills. But there is one common need that most IT organizations have: soft skills. This need is nothing new. So what are the soft skills areas that companies want to see in IT professionals today? 1: Deal making and meeting skills IT is a matchup of technology and people to produce products that run the company's business. 2: Great communication skills The ability to read, write, and speak clearly and effectively will never go out of style -- especially in IT. 3: A sixth sense about projects There are formal project management programs that teach people PM methodology. 4: Ergonomic sensitivity 5: Great team player 6: Political smarts 7: Teaching, mentoring, and knowledge sharing 8: Resolving "gray" issues.

10 soft skills needed by IT managers. October 07, 2013, 1:46 PM — I was just promoted from a Java programming job to Manager of Software Development. As a manager, what else do I need to know in addition to my technical skills? As an IT manager, it’s your ability to communicate, work with others, solve conflicts, negotiate on behalf of yourself, your team and your company, and other soft skills based abilities that will ultimately drive your success or failure in the IT management ranks. In fact, the higher your organizational level, the less important your technical skills become. That said, there are a number of soft skills that would be well worth your while to master, include the following: 1. 2.

As a manager, you are not only negotiating for yourself, you are also negotiating items related to your team. 3. 4. 5. Happy software developers solve problems better: psychological measurements in empirical software engineering. Happy software developers solve problems better: psychological measurements in empirical software engineering Posted May 1, 2014 by Lorin Hochstein in controlled experiments Daniel Graziotin, Xiaofeng Wang and Pekka Abrahamsson: "Happy software developers solve problems better: psychological measurements in empirical software engineering" PeerJ 2(289), Mar. 2014. For more than thirty years, it has been claimed that a way to improve software developers' productivity and software quality is to focus on people and to provide incentives to make developers satisfied and happy.

This claim has rarely been verified in software engineering research, which faces an additional challenge in comparison to more traditional engineering fields: software development is an intellectual activity and is dominated by often-neglected human factors (called human aspects in software engineering research). Want to work for Google? Answer these five questions | Technology.

Sometimes it looks as if the true mission at Google is not to help us find things, or even to make money, but to create a master-race of employees. At the Googleplex, if you can demonstrate the right kind of sparky coolness and get hired, the perks are legendary. There are free meals, free haircuts, free bikes, free cars and even free beer and wine on Fridays.

(Which sounds suspiciously like a breeding programme.) Currently, and as usual, Google is considered the best company in the US to work for by Fortune magazine. Want in? Do you have an IQ higher than 130? The worst possible answer here is "Yes. " What shall we have for dinner this evening? Don't say "I don't mind" or "I'm easy, really" or "What would you like? " Why did you choose the last five articles you read? What do you mean you don't know? Are you incompetent and lazy? You are? Do you have a track record of doing something really well? If so, that's a disaster. How to Teach Job Interview Skills: An ESL/EFL Lesson Plan | Profs Abroad. It is incredibly unfair to university students to allow them to graduate without helping them prepare for a job interview.

According to a recent article in the Korea Herald, English skill is still an important requirement for job seekers, a survey done by the Korean job portal Saramin found that: 58% of personnel managers for private companies gave an advantage to foreign language speakers.17% said language ability was a compulsory requirement.25% said language skill is used as a reference.95% stated that English was the most desirable language.

When the personnel managers were asked how they evaluated foreign language skills, it was either by giving a presentation or interview in English. The last third of a university presentation skills or speaking course is enough time to prepare students for the test that they cannot afford to fail. Seniors will naturally appreciate the training since they will be interviewing in the near future but underclassmen can also benefit. Interview Tips. News. Top 100 Software Testing Interview Questions. 3. A wholesaler sells printer cartridges. The minimum order quantity is 5. There is a 20% discount for orders of 100 or more printer cartridges. You have been asked to prepare test cases using various values for the number of printer cartridges ordered.

Which of the following groups contain three test inputs that would be generated using Boundary Value Analysis? 4. Preventative tests are designed early; reactive tests are designed after the software has been produced. 5. To define when a test level is complete. 6. The likelihood of an adverse event and the impact of the event 7. Decision table testing is used for testing systems for which the specification takes the form of rules or cause-effect combinations.

Learn More About Decision Table Testing Technique in the Video Tutorial here 8. To identify defects in any software work product. 9. Test case specification. 10. It avoids author bias in defining effective tests. 11. Test planning. 12. 13. If width > length then biggest_dimension = width i. Interview Questions & Recruitment Resources.