Articles

Pawn chess piece with a king's crown on top Zero to SME: Quickly Becoming Your Own Subject Matter Expert

On a new project, we often lack the luxury of having a subject matter expert available to answer our questions. When that’s the case, we have to become our own SME. Here are a few key methods from the writings and presentations of experts in various fields that deal with information gathering and rapid learning. You can easily use these methods, right now, to quickly gain the knowledge you need in order to move forward.

Thomas Sullivan's picture Thomas Sullivan
Tachometer gauge on a dashboard From Performance Tester to Performance Engineer

Many performance testers think that after a few years of experience, they automatically become performance engineers. However, it isn't that straightforward; the route to becoming performance engineer is a long and continuous journey. This article details the many things performance engineers need to do beyond performance testing, and it gives an outline for steps to take to advance your career.

Arun Kumar Dutta's picture Arun Kumar Dutta
Hand holding a light bulb in front of a sunrise 6 Unexpected Career Tips for Thinking Testers

Of course getting training, practicing the skills of testing, moving into the right product line, and learning are all necessary for testers to grow their careers. But when Jon Hagar asked himself what helped him grow as a thinking tester, he came up with some ideas that are more off the beaten path. Consider these six tips and your future will be bright.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Interviewers going over a job applicant's certification Is It Worth It for Software Testers to Get Certification?

The software testing community is split over whether it's worth the time and cost to go through a testing course in order to obtain a certification. Does having a certification prepare you when you're first getting started in your career? Does it help you stand out from other job applicants? Albert Gareev shares his opinions on what makes a testing certification worthwhile.

Albert Gareev's picture Albert Gareev

Better Software Magazine Articles

Be Indispensable: Cross-Train like a Testing Athlete Be Indispensable: Cross-Train like a Testing Athlete

Stretching your skills and preparing for organizational and work-related change is vital for any QA tester. Your best approach is to work on complementing your skills and competencies.

Bonnie Bailey's picture Bonnie Bailey
HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WAY WE LEARN How Technology Is Changing the Way We Learn

Modern technologies like virtual reality, cloud-based systems, and measurement of content have disrupted how we learn. Standards have evolved to improve how learning material can be published to any device.

Troy Tolle's picture Troy Tolle
overwhelmed at work Saying No to More Work

We’ve all been placed in the situation where a boss asks you to perform more work than you can possibly handle. Johanna Rothman knows firsthand that there is a better way to respond that benefits you and your manager.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Recognizing #WomenInAgile

As part of her involvement with #WomenInAgile, Natalie Warnert conducted a study to determine why women are less involved in the agile community and what can be done about it. Her research shows some surprising results.

Natalie Warnert's picture Natalie Warnert

Interviews

Jason Arbon Will AI and Machine Learning Take Over Software Testing?: An Interview with Jason Arbon

Jason Arbon, CEO and founder of test.ai, discusses his goal to test all the world’s apps. Jason also provides insight on a frequent question he faces: When will AI replace my job? He believes that AI and machine learning have already started taking over some aspects of software testing, and that this transition will keep accelerating. Based on available data, Jason predicts which aspects of testing are going to be subsumed by AI, in what order, and in what time frame.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Dymtry Vinnik Overcoming the Challenges Facing Remote Employees: An Interview with Dmitry Vinnick
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In this interview, Dmitry Vinnick, lead software engineer at SalesForce, discusses the value of attending conferences in person as opposed to just taking advantage of the online presentations. He also addresses the challenges of being a remote employee and methods of overcoming those challenges.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Dawn Haynes Job Security in the Age of Automation: An Interview with Dawn Haynes
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In this interview, Dawn Haynes, CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, discusses the ever-evolving world of AI and machine learning and the impact on the future of testing. Dawn explains why tools and automation will not be able to replace people, so testers don’t need to worry about job security.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Wilson Mar Why Testers Should Be Using GitHub: An Interview with Wilson Mar
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In this interview, Wilson Mar, principal DevOps performance evangelist at JetBloom, describes the importance of Git to testing and to securing employment in the field. Because Git is a great way for testers to display their work, many interviewers look at an applicant’s public GitHub account as a means of judging their work. Wilson discusses his STARWEST session on Git and resources he provides on his GitHub account about Git basics.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps West People Operations in a Teal Organization: Tools and Techniques from a Real Journey
Slideshow

The Lithespeed team first read Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations” in 2015. We immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ 

Amanda Geary
Agile DevOps West Hacks to Becoming a Mindful Agile Tester
Slideshow

Have you ever felt like you've been working on multiple tasks all day long, but at the end of the day when you review your work, you realize you haven’t accomplished anything concrete?

Raj Subrameyer
Agile DevOps West Fantastic Outcomes and How to Measure Them
Slideshow

Do your metrics track what matters most to your organization, or do they merely quantify your adherence to a process? Is that process a good proxy for real results? In your environment?

Cheryl Hammond
STAREAST How to Lead Without Authority
Slideshow

Do you need to lead a project but have no level of authority? Is this the first time leading a project, but not sure where to start? Are you interested in potentially being a leader, but wondering what it takes? 

Jolene Trzebiatowski

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