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TechWell is highlighting the strides women have made in the growing testing profession by featuring the Women Who Test summit at STARWEST. This full-day event, which will be October 2, is aimed toward women in the industry looking to network with other women passionate about software testing.

It's not the job of a leader to be likable. Still, for most leaders, there's little to be gained—and possibly much to lose—by being unlikable. But what makes someone likable isn't obvious. What traits and actions should a leader exhibit if he or she wants to be effective as well as likable?

At some point as a tester, you’ve probably been urged by management to reduce the amount of time required for testing without compromising product quality. How can you possibly do that? Weighing the added value and relative importance of each testing task can help you optimize your testing strategy.

People say you shouldn't manage your manager. But when you reach a point when you are overwhelmed with work, it’s time to fend for yourself and say no. However, you don't have to use threats or ultimatums. Read on to learn how you can stand up to your manager without sacrificing tact—or your job.

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.