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The Myth of the Elevator Pitch
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The Myth of the Elevator Pitch

Instead of pitching, listen and offer.

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.

Discussing Cyber Attack
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Discussing Cyber Attack

Cyber attack—the other side of cyber defense—deserves a more open discussion than it has been getting.

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.

Is Software Engineering Engineering?
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Is Software Engineering Engineering?

Software engineering continues to be dogged by claims it is not engineering. Adopting a computer-systems view that embraces hardware, software, and user environment...

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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