career development

Lucky four-leaf clover The Role of Luck in Your Career Success

When things go your way and you achieve some level of success, it’s natural to want to take credit for it. But in addition to your working hard and overcoming obstacles, it's likely that at least some of your success is also due to pure, dumb luck. Acknowledging that can help you recognize good luck when it appears.

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Naomi Karten
Technical manager Do Software Teams Need Managers with Technical Expertise?

Soft skills matter in how effective a manager is, but what about technical skills? If you're a software engineer, how important is it to you for your manager to have the same background and to fully understand your job? Ideally they would, but in some cases, that role can be better filled by a technical lead.

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Steve Berczuk
Virtual reality Keep Up with Changing Technology by Making Learning a Priority

Many organizations are constantly adopting or integrating new technology, with the goal of remaining competitive. But there are so many new platforms and methods being created that it’s impossible to keep up with them all. Michael Sowers shares some tips that have helped him stay current with changing technology.

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Michael Sowers
Seeing into the future Think Differently about the Future of Software Testing

Artificial intelligence is not here to replace human testers. Looking into a crystal ball, testing still looks promising for real people. The trick is that humans will need to learn to coexist with these testing bots. Here are some ways we can start to think differently about the future of testing.

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Alexander Andelkovic
ideas flowing into pencil Tips and Resources for Better Writing

If you’re asked to contribute to your company’s e-newsletter or draft a blog post for the website or a design document, here are a few writing tips and resources you may find helpful.

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Pamela Rentz
Mobile and IoT platforms Mobile and IoT Challenges: What Testers Need to Know to Improve Their Careers

Many of the skills and knowledge areas that testers have in the IT, web, PC, and even mobile world will have application in the IoT. However, there are some knowledge domains that may be new or have some twists, and if testers understand them, they will be able to separate themselves from other job seekers.

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Jon Hagar
Iterations Apply Design Thinking and Agile Principles to Your Life Changes

The challenges people face when trying to make changes in their lives are similar to those faced by engineers and designers when developing novel products. Using design thinking, you can learn to work within limits, see how the choices you make affect your situation, and iterate until you find your direction.

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Steve Berczuk
Software testing experience So, You Want to Be a Software Tester? Here’s How to Get Started

Testing is a field that invites people from diverse backgrounds, so there's no one path to get into the role. But with the catch-22 of needing a job to get experience but needing experience to get a job, how do you break into software testing? Justin Rohrman has advice for anyone wanting some test experience.

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Justin Rohrman