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In an attempt at streamlining, over the years the role of tester has changed. In some cases it's been downright eliminated, replaced by automated acceptance checks and unit tests that run constantly. The state of the traditional tester role is in flux, so it’s time to take a fresh look at testing.

Practices in any discipline need continuous review to ensure they are still effective and in line with current requirements. Software testing practices are no exception—the development landscape is highly dynamic, requiring periodic updating of practices. How and when should you review? Read on.

It is not always easy to encourage people or organizations to adopt new ideas. More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen can give you the tools to help you spread new ideas. This book has actionable advice you can apply as a change agent, regardless of your role or organization.

Writing can be a powerful credential for advancement. Composing proposals, recommendations, and reports gives you visibility and highlights your knowledge. Of course, you have to be able to communicate that knowledge effectively. If you want to improve your writing, make a commitment to enjoy it.

To the fixed mindset, new ideas are either not important and easily rejected, or scary and different. It forces us to focus on our roles and learn in places that are already our strengths. Strive to cultivate a growth mindset, where what you don’t know is an opportunity to learn more and get better.

A new role is becoming an important one in helping CEOs effectively execute tasks—technical advisor to the CEO. This role is not limited to the technology world and is growing across disciplines in the executive management teams. Rajini Padmanaban looks at the increase in technical advisors.

The STAREAST testing conference in May featured more than a hundred learning opportunities. Here, we examine the four keynote presentations: Deliberate Testing in an Agile World, The Future of the Software Testing Profession, Blunders in Test Automation, and Innovation: From the Tester’s Viewpoint.

Have you ever lied on your resume? If so, you're not alone—according to one study, more than half of job applications reviewed contained lies—and these are just the ones that were found. Even CEOs have done it! However, that doesn't mean you should. Read on to find out why it's not worth the risk.

Testers are very much still needed. However, with so many new technologies and roles becoming available, some testers may want to explore options for their career paths. Michael Sowers offers an agile approach to determining your career direction, evaluating the alternatives, and developing a plan.

Testing professionals who graduated in past decades know that methods then were highly process-oriented, with no automation. Those methods have evolved into a world that needs continuous testing to meet deployment needs. Here are the key skills an aspiring tester graduating now should think about.