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  • Blog Post: Top 3 must haves for writing good bugs (er, bug reports)

    Top 3 must haves for writing good bugs bug reports Brian, another tester at Microsoft, and myself were discussing bugs over the lunch the other day. Sad but true, we actually had a good time talking about what makes a good bug report . There are 3 messages you need to send to three different people...
  • Blog Post: Let's get creative with employees

    With limiting resources and having to do more with less it's important that managers inspire their employees to "think out of the box". This phrase has been used for quite awhile and now it may mean more than just a buzz phrase. Entrepreneur.com has a great article written by, David Javitch, that...
  • Blog Post: Change must involve the people and must not be imposed on the people.

    I read this line on businessballs.com and it made me really stop and think. Often times when changes happens, or comes down the pipe it definitely involves people, but is it involving the right people, while imposing the wrong ones. In a perfect world everyone loves there jobs and companies want to produce...
  • Blog Post: 5 potential retention mistakes

    We've gotten some really good feedback both positively and negatively on the issue of retention during a recession. This is not an easy time for anyone, but there is always something to be learned. Like my father and grandfather used to tell me, "Tough times help build character." At the time this was...
  • Blog Post: 8 ways to retain talent in a recession

    CIO Insight has a great slide show illustrating ways to retain your talent during this insane economy. With budgetary cut backs and other cost saving measures being put into practice it's easy to lose sight of a company's most improtant assest-it's people. Especially those who are needed to keep the...
  • Blog Post: Manage by Results - Managing remote employees part 5

    This is the last installment of our 5 part series on managing remote employees. Managing remote employees is not easy and just like being a remote employee it is not meant for everyone. Hopefully through this series you have been able to take away some information that will enable you to become a better...
  • Blog Post: Build a Sense of We! Managing Remote Employees - Part 4

    Goal: Establish strong relationships to fuel motivation, collaboration, and productivity. Recent research from the Gallup Organization’s Tom Rath shows that people with strong friendships at work are more motivated, loyal, collaborative, and productive. In a typical office, those relationships...
  • Blog Post: Managing Remote Employees - Part 3

    Happy New Year and welcome back from the holidays. We are going to pick up from where we left off and discuss tactics and advice for managing remote employees. Communication is extremely important when working on a team and having remotes makes it that MUCH more important. Master the Art of Communication...
  • Blog Post: Managing Remote Employees - Part 2

    The traditional office and the 9-5 days have morphed into home offices, teams in different countries and no standard set hours. Some employees flourish in a remote role, while others are just not cut out for it. It takes a certain type of individual to handle working remotely. You want to be sure that...
  • Blog Post: How to Manage Remote Employees - Part 1

    Due to the globalization of today's business managers are faced with having to manage remote employees. This can be a daunting task especially if you are new to managing people let alone remote folks as well. Throughout the next couple of weeks TechLeaders is going to be sharing a series of tips and...
  • Blog Post: Don't let hard times take toll on staff.

    There is an obvious theme of uncertainty and possibly a feeling of self preservation for most during these tough economic times. Building off of yesterday's post one of the TechLeader contributors sent me an article from Seattlepi.com. The article speaks to managers and how to "keep human capital loyal...
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