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Disaster Plan key on keyboard The Apocalypse Plan: What to Consider before Things Go Wrong

Undoubtedly, your organization has disaster plans in place for recoverable situations. But what about for going out of business? Thinking about your obligations to clients, users, customers, and partners before the worst happens can make the transition easier for everyone. Here are some people and things you should incorporate into your apocalypse plan.

Brian Noggle's picture Brian Noggle
split picture of young and old men Know Where the Water Is: Communicating across Generations

In the tech industry especially, you have people of many ages who need to work together. Young people are joining all the time with new ideas and ways of doing things, and this can create barriers with established employees who have more experience. Both sides need to think about where the other's coming from and focus on demonstrating value.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
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
DevOps diagram Testers: An Integral Part of the DevOps Team

Building innovative software faster and better is imperative to an organization’s success, so it makes sense to take advantage of DevOps. But what some teams fail to consider is that testing is a crucial part of the process. Without a “test early and often” mentality, DevOps would only be able to release software faster—not better.

Renato Quedas's picture Renato Quedas
scale Using Key Performance Indicators in the Transition from Legacy Systems

Switching from a legacy system to a composite application can be tricky: The transition will require a lot of restructuring. To be sure you’re conducting the most streamlined, complete transfer possible, focus on key performance indicators. Defining KPIs can help prioritize objectives and create an efficient new workflow.

Jessica Paddock's picture Jessica Paddock
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
start, continue, and stop doing signs Teaching the Organization to Learn

When you're done with a project, you record what went well and should be repeated, and what went wrong and should be avoided. But do you ever actually revisit these findings on future projects? If not, you're passing up crucial knowledge. Martin Ivison describes how his organization created a process to learn from past experiences.

Martin Ivison's picture Martin Ivison
mind map diagram Using Mind Maps to Create Comprehensive Test Plans in Your ALM

Mind maps work well for planning the test strategy and monitoring project status. Mind-mapping software makes all this easy, and the visual presentation keeps everyone in the loop. Ritinder Kaur shows how mind maps can communicate ideas clearly and help you execute them exactly to create a comprehensive test plan.

Ritinder Kaur's picture Ritinder Kaur
red envelope with heart A Valentine for Testers

Great testers are hard to find, so if you work with some, you want to keep them! As with any long-lasting relationship, sustaining it requires continuous effort, but it's very rewarding. Here’s how coworkers, clients, and managers can show testers some love this Valentine’s Day—and maybe be loved in return, too.

Sofía Palamarchuk's picture Sofía Palamarchuk
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

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