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The next wave in IT seems to be SMAC technologies—or social, mobile, analytics, and the cloud. Individually, each of the pieces of the “SMAC stack” are not new to us. However, what is changing now is the use of these four elements together as an integrated ecosystem, rather than as separate silos.

Presentation flaws can turn off your listeners. Eliminating content you view as boring, presenting with enthusiasm, minimizing the use of text, and not reading your slides verbatim can make all the difference between whether your audience enjoys your presentation or spends the time nodding off.

Software companies are increasingly acknowledging the skills people with autism spectrum disorders bring to the workplace. These people are typically very detail-orientated and not bored by taking on repetitive tasks with a great level of precision, which makes them ideal candidates for testing.

On one hand, testers have to keep their heads down while working to meet tight schedules. But on the other, technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and testers have to ensure they are not lagging in their skills. Testers need to constantly strike a balance between these demands to stay challenged.

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.

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.