This study guide provides a comprehensive review of software development methodologies including scrum, agile, iterative development, lean software development etc.     With the information contained in this study guide, you will be in a better position to recognize which software development methodology is best suited for use in your organization or project. 

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Some of the greatest opportunities for career advancement right now is available to professionals with database or SQL skills. Why do I say that? you may ask. Well, for one, database / SQL professionals have portable skills that are either relevant or required for several different careers, as long as they can keep an open mind and are willing to maintain very sharp skills! Without much ado, here are some of the greatest career opportunities for SQL /

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With more and more companies using big data, the demand for data analytic specialists, sometimes called data scientists, who know how to manage the tsunami of information, spot patterns within it and draw conclusions and insights—is nearing a frenzy. Qualified big data analysts command impressive salaries. For example, someone right out of school could earn $125,000, while someone with a year or two of experience and a demonstrated skill set can easily make double that!

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If you would like to substantially boost your professional value, multi-billionaire Warren Buffett has some advice for you: "master the art of public speaking". Warren Buffett is quoted as saying he would pay anyone in a class of business students $100,000 for 10 percent of their future earnings. However, if they were good communicators and he would raise his bid by 50 percent because public speaking would make his investment more valuable!

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Dirty data is a factor that we must account for if we hope to reap the benefits of data driven decision making.    Why? Because simple errors in the data like duplicate entries can greatly skew the results.    Given the growing number of data sources and the new found concentration on using it to develop and drive business and marketing strategy, the need for clean data is becoming increasingly important.  With that in mind, here is some information on Data

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As a Data Analyst with a bachelor of technology college degree in Information Technology (2011), I have a few questions about my career ... Can Data Analysts Become Software Developers? Is data analysis a good career?  What can Data Analysts do to move their career forward? Which is a better career path: software development or data analysis? As I am also involved in developing my company's internal website,  I wonder if I can switch over to the software

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One question that needs be answered, so "you can invest your time in worthwhile pursuits" is that of ... the relative importance of certifications versus hands-on experience! While the answer depends on your context and the perspective of the one answering ... I will review the most important findings in this article. Please keep in mind that while this article addresses Database / SQL professionals, the answers also apply to most (if not all) Information Technology (IT) careers. How

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Here is a typical question I get asked a lot: With the way that the job market is going, I wonder if there are any recession-proof careers out there. ... and here is my classical response to the question: The one career that would be considered "the most recession proof" in the Information Technology (IT) industry is the Software Developer  / Computer Programmer career! However, keep-in-mind that some computer programmer careers cannot be considered recession proof in any

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When you want to work really bad for a specific company, do something spectacular that gets you noticed by the hiring managers or even the CEO! Do something like this ... Do a live, real-world project for your prospective employer that involves solving an important problem for them on your own dime and time! Then submit samples of that work to the hiring managers, CEO or decision makers at the company you want to work for! This tactic will make you stand-out from other job-seekers who just

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It’s not Twitter, Google  or LinkedIn. It’s a company that most people in the West don’t know.    That, however, is set to change, with the explosive growth of China’s Tencent and its mobile messaging app WeChat...   Last week, Facebook, the current king of social networks, admitted that it’s losing teen users, and that the overall growth in its monthly active users has slowed to 18% year-on-year.    This isn’t helped by

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