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Job hunting Job Hunting for Software Testers: A Primer

As straightforward as most software testing and QA job postings seem, they may not actually tell you much about the job itself or the company that’s posting. How can you tell whether you’d be a good fit? If you are interested, how can you best approach the application process? László Szegedi's analysis will help you ask the right questions and prepare yourself to nail the interview.

Laszlo Szegedi's picture Laszlo Szegedi
career choice arrow signs Why You Shouldn’t Do What You Love

Saying you shouldn’t do what you love sounds crazy, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t the best-case scenario to turn your passion into a career? Not necessarily. There is an important difference between doing what you love and loving what you do. Rajini Padmanaban explains why you should keep your hobby separate from your career.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
computer connected to everything IoT, Mobile, and Tech Curve Disillusionment: Moving beyond the Hype

The hype around the Internet of Things is at its peak. Should you bother learning the skills developers and testers require in this new field, or will it soon become just another trend that's fallen out of favor? Jon Hagar makes a strong case for why the IoT will be relevant even after the clamor dies down, and why its associated skills will serve you well no matter what.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
head with gears inside Does Domain Expertise Really Matter?

Many job descriptions include a requirement for domain expertise to filter candidates for testing jobs. But is expertise really necessary before joining a team? Does it ensure a good tester? Justin Rohrman digs into his experiences in difficult business domains, what expertise means, and how it applies to software testing.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman

Better Software Magazine Articles

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
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

Interviews

Francie Van Wirkus Eliminate Your Testing Clutter: An Interview with Francie Van Wirkus
Video

In this interview, Francie Van Wirkus, a certified professional coach in the insurance and financial services industry, explains how you can become a more mindful tester. She guides your discovery of how mindfulness provides calm and clarity in the face of great change.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Melissa Benua discusses continuous integration Employ Continuous Integration Processes to Make Your Code Work: An Interview with Melissa Benua
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In this interview, Melissa Benua, senior backend engineer for PlayFab, explains the new way of life that continuous integration brings. She imparts practical advice for creating builds and running automation on the fly without spending hundreds of hours or thousands of dollars.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Michael Faulise Today's Trends in Software Tools and Practices: An Interview with Mike Faulise
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Mike Faulise of tap|QA discusses the current trends that are dominating the software industry. He explains which tools most businesses are gravitating toward, how new jobs are being introduced into the industry, how to properly hire people, and why testing and quality are so important.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Jared Richardson give advice on advancing your software testing career Break Through Your Major Testing Barriers: An Interview with Jared Richardson
Podcast

In this interview, Jared Richardson, the principal consultant at Agile Artisans, explains how to take charge of your testing career. He details why most testers hit a development wall, how to learn new skills while you're on the job, and how the rest of the team can benefit.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

DevOps and the Culture of High-Performing Software Organizations
Slideshow

The DevOps movement emphasizes the importance of culture in creating high-performing teams. However, often perceived to be subjective and intractable, culture is often neglected in favor of more concrete drivers such as tools and processes. And this is a major failure mode in organizations...

Jez Humble
How to Do Kick-Ass Software Development
Slideshow

Software development is hard― keeping developers, testers, designers, product managers and other stakeholders in sync and working on the right things at the right time. Building the systems that customers care about and delivering high-quality code fast are challenges every development...

Sven Peters
From Practitioner to Published Author: A Workshop about Writing about Software
Slideshow

Beth Romanik and Jonathan Vanian, who write and edit stories for Software Quality Engineering's websites and publications, present a bonus session for Better Software Conference East 2013 about writing about software. They describe how to contact a publisher, how to write better, how to edit better, some tips on crafting an engaging headline, and advice for getting people interested in your work.

Beth Romanik and Jonathan Vanian, Software Quality Engineering
An Interview with Jennifer Bonine: ADC-BSW 2013 Interview Series
Video

Committed to covering the latest tools, trends, and issues regarding software development approaches, plan-driven development methods, and process improvement programs, Agile Development & Better Software Conference West offers their 2013 interview series.

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA Inc.

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