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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money (guest post)

Original post:   Author:  Ilya Pozin     Be generous with praise. Everyone wants it and it’s one of the easiest things to give. Plus, praise from the CEO goes a lot farther than you might think. Praise every improvement that you see your team members make. Once you’re comfortable delivering praise one-on-one to an employee, try praising them in front of others.     Get rid of the managers. Projects without project managers? That doesn’t seem right! Try it. Removing the project lead or supervisor and empowering your staff to work together as a team rather then everyone reporting to one individual can do wonders. Think about it. What’s worse than letting your supervisor down? Letting your team down! Allowing people to work together as a team, on an equal level with their co-workers, will often produce better projects faster. People will come in early, stay late, and devote more of their energy to solving problems.     Make your ideas theirs. People hate being told what to do. Instead of telling people what you want done; ask them in a way that will make them feel like they came up with the idea. “I’d like you to do it this way” turns into “Do…

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Lazy Developers Hate Agile and Scrum (updated with my opinion)

From “Lazy developers cannot hide specific problems for weeks. Every day you have to explain your progress.” “Lazy developers hate Scrum because they have to report progress everyday.” “It’s really a team effort, the team has the responsibility to deliver together.” “Lazy developer are often the ones that now have to show what they’ve been hiding before from a customer.” “In sum we do believe lazy developers hate Scrum and Agile because they have to change, they have to be much more visible to what they are doing and cannot hide.”     My opinion: I think that there is no such thing as “lazy” developers. There are developers who are demotivated, who don’t have a solid technical background or simply doesn’t understand what they have to do. And all these have as effect that the project doesn’t move forward. For those who see the problem from outside, this gives the impression that a developer is “lazy” because he doesn’t produce the expected results.

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Passed the CompTIA Project+ (2009 Objectives)

I just finished the exam CompTIA Project+ (2009 Objectives). So, I am certified IT Project Manager 😉 Number of questions: 100 Length of test: 90 minutes Passing score: 710 on a scale of 100-900 Recommended experience: One year of managing, directing or participating in small- to medium-scale projects Language: English Exam code: PK0-003 I got 822 points. I studied using Joseph Phillips ‘ book called “IT Project Management (It Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish)” About the book: It is a good book, but it is not enough to pass the exam. My feelings are a little bit mixed about the book because it contains a lot of information which is not well structured. There is a lot of talk and descriptions, which is very good, it helps you imagine the things. But, in the exam you need more than that. You need to imagine the information structured so that you can answer the questions. So, 4 stars out of 5 🙂 So, i bought the ucertify test program for this exam. It is good… but parts of it are written by non English speakers because there is a kind of “bla bla”. More info to come.

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What’s New in Visual C++ 2010

What’s New in Visual C++ 2010 This topic introduces new and enhanced Visual C++ features in Visual Studio 2010. Amazon: Bestsellers Electronics and Photo Visual C++ Projects and the Build System MSBuild Visual C++ solutions and projects are now built by using MSBuild, which replaces VCBUILD.exe. MSBuild is the same flexible, extensible, XML-based build tool that is used by the other Visual Studio languages and project types. Consequently, Visual C++ project files now use an XML file format, and have the .vcxproj file name extension. Visual C++ project files from earlier versions of Visual Studio are automatically converted to the new file format. For more information, see MSBuild (Visual C++). VC++ Directories The VC++ Directories setting now resides in two places. Use project property pages to set per-project values for VC++ directories. Use the Property Manager and a property sheet to set global, per-configuration values for VC++ directories. Amazon: Bestsellers Electronics and Photo Project-to-Project Dependencies In earlier releases, you could define dependencies between projects that were stored in the solution file. When these solutions are converted to the new project file format, dependencies are converted to project-to-project references. This change can affect applications since the concepts of solution dependencies and…

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