Reading articles online, written by people who know what they are talking about, is perhaps the best way to stay up to date on any subject, especially computers and new technology.With computer components getting faster and more demanding everyday, it’s a wonder that anybody ever has an up to date computer. And technology as a whole is moving at such incredible speeds, every day is literally the most advanced human beings have ever been.So with this in mind, you probably wonder how you can stay completely up to date on it all, while still learning about current technology. The fact is, basically in the field of technology you have to learn and practice at the same time.How to Find Great Articles on ComputersUsing the search engines to find information is something just about everybody does, but usually a search returns somewhat old information and pages with the information you are looking for scattered all over.The best way to find high quality articles and article directories that have very informative information is to put the word “articles” along with your search term. This way the search results that you get back will most likely be just articles and article directories that have related information to the rest of your search term.Staying up to Date on Current TechnologyWhile you can use the same method as I stated above to find computer information and articles, you can do the same with technology information. The problem with that though is you can never really be sure the author knows what they are talking about.Usually at the end of an article there is a resource box with a link to the author’s website, but even then it is still hard to tell who knows what they are talking about.What I do is usually one of two things. I double check what I am reading by searching for the same words on the search engines, and see if other authors say the same thing or not.You can also use highly popular, but also ever changing, social voting news websites, like Digg or StumbleUpon. Do a search for those websites, and when you visit them you will see that other members like you can vote on information and articles that they know or believe to be true.While sometimes people can be deceived and false information gets posted, it is much less often then regular websites owned and operated by Joe Anonymous.So in a nutshell, the best way to stay up to date on computers and technology is to use the search engines, and continue to use websites that you know to be truthful, at least for the most part.
Brodbeck (2001) stated in his article titled Communication and performance in software development projects that “in summary, there is insufficient empirical evidence to support either view of internal communication as detrimental, facilitative or neutral to software development (SD) project performance. In fact the evidence is contradictory.”The above statement and finding is very surprising. Communication has been known to improve team work and clarify issues where existing information is insufficient or where there is a challenging task. Also it has been variously recommended that communication is relevant in IT due to the fast changing environment and high turnover of software and technologies.Another strange finding is that in the early stage of software development that communication seems not to make any difference and that higher levels of communication appear to benefit SD in late stages. As a project manager, during the early stages of a project development both lateral and vertical communication is paramount for the success of the project. The required communication involves discussions and meetings within group as well as feedback to management. The early stages of a project involves initiation and development of the project charter which entails communications with various stake holders. In reality internal communication is important at all stages of SDThe result further supports the hypothesis that communication facilitates SD project functioning when the degree of standardization of method and tools is low. High standardization methods and tools communication seem not to make any difference in SD performance. According to Brodbeck (2001), this outcome contrasts with Keller’s (1994) study that the more general class of R&D projects shows detrimental effects of internal communication when task routine is high and facilitative effects when task routine is low.In support of Keller’s findings, it has become a rational basis in modern business culture for designing organizations to determine the level of certainty or uncertainty of the organization and the information process. When the task is routine or the environment is stable (task routine high) then minimum amount information processing and subunit interaction is expected. A task can therefore be completed through the employment of a largely hierarchical structure, standard operating procedure and a formal information system. (Tushman & Nadler, 1977). However, where the environment is unstable (task routine low) or the level of uncertainty facing an organization is high, Tushman and Nadler (1977) suggest that the organization should adopt an organic system characterized by stratified structure, a lateral system and greater peer responsibility due to its effectiveness. There should be quick information exchange and faster communication amongst work teams.It is also surprising for Brodbeck (2001) to state that user participation is quite strongly associated with reduced SD project performance and that it burdens the ongoing SD process with additional tasks. User requirement analysis is required when designing a software project. User input through beta testing and user testing has been known to enrich the whole software development process and makes for easy deployment and acceptance when the software eventually goes life.References:Brodbeck, F. C. (2001). Communication and performance in software development projects. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 10, pg. 85Keller, R.T. (1994). Technology-information processing fit and the performance of R&D project groups: A test of contingency theory. Academy of Management Journal, 27(1), 167-179.Tushman, M.,& Nadler. D. (1978). Information processing as integrated concept in Organizational design. Academy of Management Review. 3(3),613.