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This paper discuses how software development is often more about people - collaboration, communication, and coordination - than technology, developing "soft skills" such as meeting-management techniques is becoming more important. The author recommends to many people to learn more about Robert's Rules of Order, to take a class or a workshop, to read a book about it, and to go beyond the surface and the funny jargon to transpose what they learn about formal debates to the more informal meetings that now make up a large chunk of a software practitioner's life. Besides, your hockey club, Parent-Teacher Association, or your local IEEE Computer Society chapter will love you for your useful facilitator skills. The author suggests that all software practitioners learn more about Robert's rules.
Date of Publication: Jan.-Feb. 2009