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20 Things Software Developers Should Stop Saying

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.03.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

If you know an engineer, it's time to help him stop. Intervene because the phrases are often so annoying that they are "counter-productive" or worse a "red herring" and distract from what really needs to be said (and done).

How is Economic Slowdown and Environmental Degradation Democratizing China?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

While many discuss whether some signs of environmental improvement result from economic slowdown, and less intensive use of natural resources, or from successful pro-green regulations, we argue that a much deeper transformation is happening across China.

5 Signs You Are a Expert Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Leading a product team is invigorating. As the CEO of the product, the product manager has one of the best jobs in the company as well as one of the hardest.

Mobile Phones and Fridges: Changing Breastfeeding in Africa One Innovation at a Time

David de Ferranti | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Meet Joyce. She's a hairdresser. She has a newborn baby. She believes "breastfeeding is its right." But sadly, that instinctive maternal belief isn't supported by the day-to-day reality of her life. Because there is another thing about Joyce: she lives in urban Kenya.

Getting It Right on Population

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

The problem is that, although everyone agrees that we should be doing everything we can to make poor people's lives better, prioritizing a particular set of targets is difficult.

4 Ways Confident Product Managers Deal With Failure

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Failure at some point in your product career is inevitable. When it happens, your first instinct may be to run and hide out rather than face your mistake. Or worse, maybe you are starting to point a finger at others. But you are better than that -- and there is too much at stake.

A Way Out of Afghanistan's Crisis

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah.

Why Kanban Is Never Enough for Product Development

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.28.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

There is a growing trend. I hear about it on a daily basis. Product teams implementing Kanban style boards to speed up innovation and improve their development process. But many of them quickly realize they have made a mistake.

The Product Manager Is the Product Owner

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

The best product leaders thrive in complex environments where they are responsible for leading the success of a product. And they do so with grace.

Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases to Avoid Premature Deaths

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Bjørn Lomborg

For the poorer world, people often assume that infectious diseases like diarrhea, tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, measles and tetanus are the biggest killers. That is no longer true.

America Supporting Entrepreneurs: Every Step of the Way

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The spotlight in Kenya this week at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be on the creation of jobs, jobs and more jobs. That is both wise and overdue.

Eye of the Elephant -- Part II

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

Culture is the talk of your organization and how people within your organization walk said talk. It goes beyond the stated mission, vision and values and extends into the informal ways work gets done.

How to Deal With an Unpredictable Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.20.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

We do not get to build many things in our lifetime, so what we do build should be great.

Politics or Performance? Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Lead

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Business is not predictable; in fact, outside forces are always creating disruptions that require major shifts in how we work together. We join a company that is headed in one direction, and the next minute it's turning 180 degrees in another direction.

Preventing New HIV Infections, Saving Lives

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

Globally, fewer children are being newly infected with HIV than ever before. This is according to data released earlier this week by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Yet, we are not on track to reach the Global Plan's goal of a 90 percent reduction by the end of 2015.

Product Managers: Stop Hiding Behind "Technical Debt"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Thanks to Daniel Elizalde for his recent guest post on how amazing product managers stop adding features and start eliminating technical debt.

Growth -- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Economic growth is the most powerful single determinant that has ever entered political and economic language.

Action After Addis: 10 Ways to Finance Africa's Energy Opportunity

Caroline Kende-Robb | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Caroline Kende-Robb

Africa can leapfrog over the damaging energy practices that have brought the world to the brink of catastrophe -- and show the world the way to a low-carbon future.

5 Habits of People Who Love Their Work

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Because so many workplaces don't give employees the ownership they crave, employees essentially "rent" their jobs. Alternatively, Dr. Shane Lopez discovered that people who love their jobs do these five things regularly:

You're Agile -- But You Still Need a Product Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Being agile with scrum teams can save and destroy you -- if that is all you think you need to develop a great product. Only those unaware or unafraid will admit that they are not agile converts these days running scrum teams to build what matters.

Business Needs Sustainable Development Goals, Too

Arancha González | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

This year, governments will make decisions that will shape sustainable development possibilities for generations to come. In September, world leaders will gather in New York to agree on a new set of international development goals.

Follow the Money: How Women of Uganda Made the Corrupt Accountable

ONE | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact

Several months ago in Uganda's remote Kole district, a teacher at Baramindyang Primary School discovered that members of the local Parent Teacher Association had embezzled some 700,000 Ugandan shillings -- about $225 -- from the school.

Financing for Development: How to Ask for Money

Serufusa Sekidde | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Serufusa Sekidde

As you prepare for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in mid-July, please remember that as an African Minister of Finance or Foreign Affairs and Development your country expects you and your advisers to get as much money as you can from the donors.

Can We Finance Sustainable Development?

Chris W. Williams | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

As more countries have attained middle-income status, inequality has soared. The wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while growth-with-equity remains a distant prospect.

Financing for Development -- What Does Success Look Like?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Despite progress, too little attention, aid, financial justice and too little of the right kinds of investment are currently targeted at the countries and people that need it most. We must aggressively work towards equity of outcomes in order to reach those people left behind by the last development framework.