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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
Broadening Your Perspective with Logic-Bubbles Broadening Your Perspective with Logic-Bubbles

Naomi Karten explains how logic-bubbles, those bubbles of perception within which a person is acting, can help you navigate the relationships between your team members. When people have perspectives different from yours, it could be that they’re misinformed, ignorant, or incompetent. But it could also be that their perspectives are as well-founded as your own when considered within their particular logic-bubbles.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
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
Agile Methods to Focus on Healthy Habits Eat Your Veggies: Using Agile Methods to Focus on Healthy Habits

Claire Moss shares with us a personal story on how using agile methods helped her family with managing meals and groceries. By using techniques like a Big Visible board, dinnertime for Moss’s family became less of a chore. Remember, nothing ever goes according to plan, but that's true for any healthy team.

Claire Moss's picture Claire Moss
How to Deal With Overly Agreeable People How to Deal With Overly Agreeable People

Dealing with overly agreeable people can be fraught with obstacles quite different than those usually associated with the stereotypical stubborn geek who seems unable to bend or compromise. This article will help you understand and deal with the unexpectedly challenging aspects that you may experience interacting with some agreeable people.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Dare to Say Stop!

Naomi Karten shares some stories about handling coworkers and managers with negative, problematic behaviors. Sometimes the best way to deal with complainers or bullies is to just say "stop." Of course, that's easier said then done.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
New Skills for Software Testers and Software QA Engineers: 2013 … and Beyond!

Let's take a look into the future—all the way to the year 2013! As a software tester or software quality engineer, are you planning to learn a new skill in the new year. If you are, make sure you approach it in a way that will make that skill stick.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
To Get Certification or Not to Get Certification—That Is the Question

There are many reasons for getting a certification, including professional advancement and promotion, pay raises, and recognition that you are at a certain level in your career, but there are still some factors you need to to consider before you take the plunge.

Joe Townsend's picture Joe Townsend

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