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programming languages Less Is More: Picking Your Test Automation Language

It's a classic dispute: Two test automation engineers can't agree on which programming language to use. In some contexts, the strong points of a certain language definitively make it the right choice, but what do you do when either language could work well for a project? That's when it becomes a managerial decision.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl
Agile leadership Seven Signs of Great Agile Leadership

Agile teams are self-organizing, which means they do not need supervisors—at least in theory. But they do need leaders to create a shared vision of what the product will be. And having an agile team means that anyone can step up … including you. Lanette Creamer outlines seven qualities possessed by great agile leaders.

Lanette  Creamer's picture Lanette Creamer
Crowd of people Crowdtesting: A Personal Account

When you have a project with a lot of moving parts but not a lot of time, crowdsourced testing may be the way to go. But how do you manage many people in varied locations when you haven't even met them? Yaron Kottler gives his account of finding and leading eighty testers for an international campaign—the challenges and his solutions.

Yaron Kottler's picture Yaron Kottler
An arrow changing direction In the Process of Testing, Change Is Good

In testing, as in life, it’s easy to get stuck in an old, outdated process that no longer works for you and your team. To avoid this trap, you have to be flexible enough to adopt the mantra “Change is good.” But that’s rarely easy. Leah Coates shows how the willingness to make changes can have an enormous impact on the effectiveness of your team.

Leah Coates's picture Leah Coates
Really Bad Decisions When Really Good People Make Really Bad Decisions

No matter how intelligent, experienced, or professional you are, high-pressure situations are always a challenge—and they can lead to really good people making some really bad decisions. All of us can learn to handle pressure better by knowing our triggers and being aware of the warning signs. Read on for advice on how to recognize and manage stress.

Find Yourself Overloaded What to Do When You Find Yourself Overloaded

As much as you might want to multitask, there is a limit to how much work in progress can be handled at once. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed—whether due to your own commitments or because management keeps piling on more projects—assess the situation and see what you can do to improve your condition without letting your work suffer.

Timothy Western's picture Timothy Western
You are hereCommunication Tips Communication Tips in Software Testing

Communication is crucial when testing software. How the tester explains the testing results can be more important than what those results actually are. But having all kinds of communication tools at hand means you have to select and practice the ones that are most effective for your project. Read on to learn some methods of and opportunities for communication.

László Szegedi's picture László Szegedi
Effective Communication The Power of Language: Effective Communication at Any Level

It’s common to alter your linguistic behaviors depending on whom you are interacting with—a manager versus a coworker, for example. Duncan Nisbet highlights different forms of speech and gives suggestions on which can help you make progress in various work situations.

Duncan Nisbet's picture Duncan Nisbet
Teach You about Teamwork What Your High School Basketball Coach Can Teach You about Teamwork

If a team is going to be a winner, players need to trust one another and learn how to work together. Just as your high school basketball coach made everyone work on team-building drills before you could develop your own personal skills, software teams also have to collaborate in order to succeed.

Ryan McClish's picture Ryan McClish Kenton Bohn
Female Testers Why You Need Female Testers on Your Team

There is a great deal of conversation around the lack of female representation in Silicon Valley. While striving for more equal demographics within the IT world is a worthy cause in its own right, it is actually to our industry’s detriment when we fail to actively include women on testing teams. Read on to learn why.

Joseph Ours's picture Joseph Ours

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