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Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team Book Review: Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team

Jurgen Appelo’s useful and fun-to-read book Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team gives you concrete tools to identify ways to help your team be happier and to create environments where people can thrive and be more productive. Despite the word managing being in the title, the book is a beneficial read for anyone.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
Setting Priorities Differentiates the Great Testers from the Rest

When it comes to being a successful software tester, there is one important trait that makes all the difference: understanding what needs to be done now and what can be delayed. The ability to prioritize becomes an important attribute for success at a people level, at a process level, at an activity level, and at a communication level.

Mukesh Sharma's picture Mukesh Sharma
Getting Employees On Board when Implementing Change Management

Change is a difficult but important part of business. It can be most difficult on the employees, but if you involve them in the planning process and make an effort to understand their points of view, you can mitigate resistance and facilitate the experience for everyone. This article deals specifically with ERP implementation, but its advice is useful for any change management situation.

RK Prasad's picture RK Prasad
Test Data Management for Testing Global Products

If you’re testing a product to be released to an international marketplace and you merely translated the text, then you’re only half done. An effective translation testing strategy should be coupled with globalization testing to test actual functionality of an application designed to support multiple languages. Here are some ways you can use test data for that crucial next step.

Praveena Ramakrishnan's picture Praveena Ramakrishnan
Semantics and the Risk of Labels in Software Testing

All industries have their own jargon practitioners use to communicate. Software testing surely has terminology most testers are familiar with and use to label artifacts frequently involved in their work. The problem becomes when testers hold too tightly to these labels, forgetting that the things they signify are what truly matters. It's important to remain flexible.

Jeremy Carey-Dressler's picture Jeremy Carey-Dressler
DevOps: Changing the Software Testing Game

The DevOps movement promises to be as influential as project management and good requirements ever were in programming and testing. By combining ops (deploys, monitoring) with programming (automated builds, automated virtual servers) and testing (risk management), we get something that is more than the sum of its parts.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Get Smart about Your Regression Tests’ Value

If you aren’t measuring the coverage your regression tests provide, you may be spending too much time for little benefit. Consider the value of your regression tests as you create and manage them. You need to be smart about the regression tests you maintain in order to gain the maximum value from the work put into creating, running, and analyzing their results.

Leanne Howard's picture Leanne Howard
Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Mobile Test Automation

Today’s market is teeming with attractive options for automating your mobile testing—each with a price tag. You may perceive mobile automation solutions as too expensive, but before you dismiss test automation as a viable solution for your business, let’s break down the benefits, options, and costs of automating your mobile QA process.

Michael W Cooper's picture Michael W Cooper
Dear Software Development Manager: A Letter from Your Testers

More and more, testers are being added to programming teams. We testers think that's great, and we're happy to be here. But we also have some concerns based on our interactions with development teams in the past. To make the transition easier, here's a letter pointing out some things you should know when managing testers on your development team.

Marcus Blankenship's picture Marcus Blankenship
4 Things to Remember to Ensure Good Test Coverage

When it comes to testing, there are so many areas that it's difficult to feel sure you covered everything. It can be helpful to use a mnemonic or other memory aid to remind you of your main points to hit. Terry Wiegmann recommends adding the acronym NEBS—for Normal, Error, Boundary, and Special test conditions—to your toolkit.

Terry Wiegmann's picture Terry Wiegmann

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