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A Tester's Toolbox What to Wear: A Tester's Toolbox

When it comes to data, we understand that visuals matter; that’s why we create pie-and-graph charts instead of stark spreadsheets. Tara Nicholson explains why clothes, grooming, and posture can be just as important as data. How you present yourself is what marketers call your “brand” and what technical analysts call a “persona.” It expresses how you perceive yourself and how you want others to perceive you in the professional environment.

Tara Nicholson's picture Tara Nicholson
How to be an Effective Project Manager Why You Need a Sense of Urgency to Be an Effective Project Manager

If you want to be a stellar performer and a good project manager, don’t treat every assignment as if it were an ultra-high priority, but keep a sense of urgency. Finishing tasks and finishing projects is a sign of a professional. Don’t let yourself get distracted or put off too much.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
On Certification, or Something Like It On Certification, or Something Like It

Jon Hagar writes that testers need to thoroughly understand what certification is all about. As a profession, we need to understand what these pieces of paper mean, the promises they can keep, what they may lead to, and some reasonable expectations for them.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
 Advice for New Project Managers Helpful Advice for New Project Managers

In the same way that math is a learned skill, project management is a learned skill. You can get better with practice, instruction, and mentoring. Avoid being surprised by the new job requirements, acknowledge it is a new role for you, and seek a mentor to help you navigate.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
 Chaos, Intuition, and Getting to the Party Early Book Survey: Chaos, Intuition, and Getting to the Party Early

Michael Larsen takes a look at four books that can benefit you in your software development and testing career. From a book on how humans perceive predictability to a novel about DevOps, Larsen's literature roundup will give you an idea of what good reads are out there.

Michael Larsen's picture Michael Larsen
The Rules of Engagement for Workplace Book Clubs The Rules of Engagement for Workplace Book Clubs

Cindy Yuill explains how workplace book clubs can benefit yourself and your team as software testers and developers. In a workplace book club, members get together to form a connection with others, hear different points of view, debate, learn, and get advice and support from each other.

Cynthia Yuill's picture Cynthia Yuill
Management Myth 21: It’s Always Cheaper to Hire People Where the Wages Are Less Expensive

Johanna Rothman bucks conventional wisdom and writes that it's not always cheaper to hire workers from places where the wages are less expensive. When you have fractions of teams in remote places, you could have communication problems and other issues that will increase the cost for every feature.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Management Myth 20: I Can Compare Teams (and It’s Valuable to Do So)

Johanna Rothman explains that you cannot measure what people do and expect that measure to be useful. Why? Because software is a team sport, and everything we do depends on other people.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Advancing the Craft of Testing: What Have YOU Done Lately?

Lisa Crispin explains that the cloud, social media, and other products of modern technology have exponentially expanded our outlets for honing our craft. In light of this advancement, Lisa looks at some avenues of self-improvement that you can use to better your career.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Management Myth 17: I Must Solve the Team’s Problem for Them

Everyone wants to be helpful, and that includes managers, middle managers, and senior managers. But the more managers interfere with a team’s growth, the less a team learns how to perform. Managers do not have to solve a team’s problems.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman

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