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Quality Engineering Lessons I Go Back: Valuable Lessons in Quality Engineering

Terry Wiegmann noticed that in certain conversations with clients and team members, a single phrase can take her back to some “aha” moments when she grasped fundamental quality concepts. She shares some of these major learning moments throughout her career and how they can apply to quality engineering.

Terry Wiegmann's picture Terry Wiegmann
Thirty Days as Test Lead My First Thirty Days as a Test Lead: Expectations and Reality

Justin Rohrman took on a new role in his career: test lead. He wrote down his observations about the first thirty days in this position, recording what really happened when he changed jobs, what challenges he encountered with his new team, and how he and his coworkers resolved problems. His synopsis could be useful to any project team.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman
Workplace Flexibility The Right Approach to Workplace Flexibility

Policies like variable work hours and working from home are generally perceived to be employee perks, but they have benefits for the employers as well. However, the implementation of such policies lacks depth in most organizations. The right execution and monitoring is critical in ensuring good outcomes are achieved and misuse is minimized.

Saurabh  Arora's picture Saurabh Arora
Software Tester’s Role The New Gives and Takes in a Software Tester’s Role

As champions of product quality, software testers have an increasing responsibility in empowering the team to understand and own quality themselves. Testers need to optimize their efforts by giving away some tasks to others on the product team and taking on newer tasks to align with a more focused approach. Read on to realize what you should give up or take on.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
Management Value Management Myth 30: I Am More Valuable than Other People

Just because you have a fancy job title doesn't mean you can manage your team members by bossing them around. Servant leadership is an important skill for managers, as the best managers are those who serve the people who work for them.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Testers Quality Standards When Testers Should Stand Up and Say No

Testers often find themselves in predicaments where they may be asked to compromise on quality standards—whether it's pressure to sign off on a product before it's ready, getting involved in numbers games that value metrics above all else, or facing harassment to take on work that isn't theirs. Knowing when, how, and why to say no can improve your situation and gain respect for testers everywhere.

Mukesh Sharma's picture Mukesh Sharma
Development DNA The Evolution of z/OS Development

Kristin Cowhey explains how z/OS development has evolved throughout the years and what that means for developers and tech personnel. With legacy developers leaving the workforce, there’s a dire need to replace the knowledge in order to maintain the mainframe systems and applications that are still in use today. 

Kristin Cowhey's picture Kristin Cowhey
Myth 27: We Can Take Hiring Shortcuts Management Myth 27: We Can Take Hiring Shortcuts

Hiring is difficult to do well, Johanna Rothman writes in her latest management myth piece. Because everyone who is looking to hire has a job, they think they know how to hire. But it’s not easy. You want to hire the best people you can who fit the team and the organization.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Helpful Tips for Hiring Better Testers Helpful Tips for Hiring Better Testers

Isaac Howard describes how his experience in hiring staff taught him to interview better and recognize who are the best picks for a standout team of testers. According to Isaac, the best job candidates are driven to learn and capable of adapting to change, two traits crucial to testing. Remember, testing is learning and relearning software every day.

Isaac Howard's picture Isaac Howard
Myth 25: Performance Reviews Are Useful Management Myth 25: Performance Reviews Are Useful

Everyone needs feedback about their work. If you’ve done something great, you need to know—sooner rather than later. And if you’ve done something that wasn’t great, you need to know that, too. But people don’t need to be stack-ranked against each other. That doesn’t provide people any information about how they perform their jobs.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman

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