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Design Thinking
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Design Thinking

Design thinking is the newest fashion for finding better solutions to problems. Combining it with computational thinking offers some real possibilities for improving...

The Other Side of Language
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The Other Side of Language

The conversation for action gives a framework for completing professional actions effectively.

Thumb Numbers
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Thumb Numbers

Rules of thumb stated as numerical rules are enticing, but many are folk theorems that may not apply in your critical situation.

Moods
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Moods

Recognizing and working with moods — your own, your team's, and your customers' — is essential to professional success.

The Idea Idea
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The Idea Idea

What if practices rather than ideas are the main source of innovation?

The Grounding Practice
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The Grounding Practice

The skill of making and recognizing grounded claims is essential for professional practice. Getting objective data to support your conclusions is not enough.

Managing Time, Part 2
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Managing Time, Part 2

Masterful time management means not just tracking of messages in your personal environment, but managing your coordination network with others.

Who Are We - Now?
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Who Are We - Now?

Considerable progress has been made toward the formation of a computing profession since we started tracking it in this column a decade ago.

Managing Time
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Managing Time

Professionals overwhelmed with information glut can find hope from new insights about time management.

The Long Quest For -Universal Information Access
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The Long Quest For -Universal Information Access

Digital object repositories are on the cusp of resolving the long-standing problem of universal information access in the Internet.

The Resurgence of Parallelism
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The Resurgence of Parallelism

Parallel computation is making a comeback after a quarter century of neglect. Past research can be put to quick use today.

Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks
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Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks

Learning to build virtual teams of people of diverse backgrounds is an urgent challenge.

Computing's Paradigm
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Computing's Paradigm

Trying to categorize computing as engineering, science, or math is fruitless; we have our own paradigm.

Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science
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Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science

Computing is as fundamental as the physical, life, and social sciences.

Time to Take Evolutionary Development Off the Shelf
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Time to Take Evolutionary Development Off the Shelf

Large systems projects are failing at an alarming rate. It's time to take evolutionary design methods off the shelf.
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