personal improvement

Articles

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
Wisdom in Testing The Value of Wisdom in Testing—and How to Earn It

Wisdom is important in testing, but is it a skill? Is wisdom something we learn, or something we gain over the years? Jon Hagar discusses ways testers can expand their perspectives and ignore groupthink to try to become more well-rounded and wiser in their team roles.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
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
Test Collaboration How Collaboration Changes the Way Testers Think

It can be easy for testers to get into the mindset that they are the “Quality Police” solely in charge of when a product gets released. But when you share responsibility, ask questions, and talk to developers, customers, and stakeholders, you can really expand as a tester. Lisa Crispin details how collaboration has helped her grow.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Better Tester Using Games to Make You a Better Tester

Games are useful for so much more than having fun. Types of games focused on testing skills are generally called tester games, and they can show you how the other members of your team think, make you think about how you think, and even help you change the way you approach testing.

Erik Davis's picture Erik Davis
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
How to Prepare for ISTQB Exam

In this FAQ column, Michael Sowers provides advice on preparing for the ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager Certification Exam.

Michael Sowers's picture Michael Sowers
Painful Lessons I Learned from Bootstrapping a Startup

If you are considering leaving the nest to self-fund your own endeavor, you may want to read about Mike Botsko's experience creating a cloud-based, bug-tracking app called Snowy Evening. What started out as a lot of fun quickly turned into a tough journey. Don't worry—it has a happy ending!

Mike Botsko's picture Mike Botsko
Motivating Teams In a Self-Organizing Environment

A key characteristic of agile is that a team self-organizes to best fit the workload. This, according to Maria Matarelli, can be more difficult than the more traditional approach of a project manager simply telling the team what to do.

Maria Matarelli's picture Maria Matarelli

Pages

StickyMinds is a TechWell community.

Through conferences, training, consulting, and online resources, TechWell helps you develop and deliver great software every day.