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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
Hand holding up a light bulb Learning without Asking: Breaking into a New Testing Field

If you're first getting into software testing, or if you've started a new job testing in a different industry, you probably have a lot of questions—about terms and jargon, expectations, requirements, and more. Hopefully your new team will answer some of them, but if you feel like you keep bugging them, there are ways you can learn and discover on your own.

Laura Oniga's picture Laura Oniga

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

STAREAST ENCORE Session
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BRAVO! It's back by popular demand! Did you have a hard time selecting which session to attend? Wished you had participated in a great session you heard about? Talked with someone at lunch or a happy hour about a great presentation and you wished you could have been there? Your wish has come true! We know it's a challenge to cover all the great sessions at our conferences, so on Thursday afternoon, we will feature a repeat of one of the most talked about sessions from Wednesday. We want to hear from YOU which session you would like to have presented again. Drop by the TechWell Experience area and tell our staff your suggestions on which talk we should bring "back" again for a repeat performance. And stay tuned for the big announcement on which talk is coming back on Thursday!

George Master TechWell
Agile DevOps West Minimum Viable Product: Deliver with Vision, Simplicity and Focus
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To build good software, teams (and businesses) need to have a laser focus on all three of these items. It is virtually impossible to keep the effort focused on building to the needs of the customer if you don't start with a solid vision from the product owner/sponsor. When the focus isn't on just what is needed by the customer, that leads scope creep and feature bloat tends to set in and impact the products ROI. Whether you are focusing on a minimum viable product, minimum viable prototype, or a minimally viable package of code; leveraging the few simple principles allows teams to keep things simple, meet the vision and needs of the customer, while building in smaller batch sizes. In this presentation, we will review case studies, hands-on exercises, and real-life examples to cover some simple techniques to lock in a vision, focus on customer needs and drive to a simple, minimal viable product.

Brian Watson
Agile DevOps West Encore Session
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BRAVO! It's back by popular demand! Did you have a hard time selecting which session to attend? Wished you had participated in a great session you heard about? Talked with someone at lunch or a happy hour about a great presentation and you wished you could have been there? Your wish has come true! We know it's a challenge to cover all the great sessions at our conferences, so on Thursday afternoon, we will feature a repeat of one of the most talked about sessions from Wednesday. We want to hear from YOU which session you would like to have presented again. Drop by the TechWell Experience area and tell our staff your suggestions on which talk we should bring "back" again for a repeat performance. And stay tuned for the big announcement on which talk is coming back on Thursday!

George Master TechWell
Agile DevOps West Leading in an Era of Constant Change
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Change is a good thing. Being a leader in an era of constant change can be frustrating. Putting a company through a significant transformation is a serious process that takes a lot of people, time, and money. However, if your organization doesn't innovate and change by market-driven needs and demands, it will fail—it's just that simple. So, how do you do it? This interactive workshop will introduce five key factors to successful change management. You will experience techniques to get everybody actively involved in transformation, from top-level executives and stakeholders to the team level, clients, and partners. You'll be able to go back to your organization with tools and techniques to manage change and truly lead a successful agile transformation. Come learn how change can be invigorating instead of exhausting.

Kim Brainard

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