career development

Woman listening Develop Your Listening Skills to Become a Better Leader

Listening is key to effective people management and professional mastery, but it may be the most underrated leadership skill. Having a model for what good listening is, and some techniques to practice, can help you become not only a better listener, but also a better leader and learner.

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Steve Berczuk
Stop Faking It: There Are Better Ways to Acquire Technical Skills

Everyone wants to hire someone who can “hit the ground running.” But seeking a candidate who has all nine of the core skills listed on the job description shouldn't be the goal; instead, it's more important to find someone who can learn quickly, collaborate with others, and acquire those skills through work.

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Matthew Heusser
Want to Be More Productive? Work Less

Although some organizations reward working long hours, that practice is actually counterproductive. After a certain point, more work does not mean more productivity. In fact, due to distractions and fatigue, eventually the more you work, the less productive you become. What's your ideal work-life balance?

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Steve Berczuk
5 Ways to Have More Impact When You Talk

Whether proposing ideas at a meeting, talking with team members, or giving a formal presentation, certain ways of speaking can be annoying to listeners and, ultimately, water down your message. To have more impact when you talk and make your ideas really shine, avoid these five common bad habits.

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Naomi Karten
Finding a Job You Love (or Loving the Job You Have)

If you don't love with your job, that's OK—not everyone does. But you can find ways to try to love it, or at least tolerate it. The key may be to do the job to the best of your ability so at least you can feel good about yourself. In the process, you’d be setting the stage for eventually finding a better job.

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Naomi Karten
What It Takes to Become an Expert

Malcolm Gladwell introduced the 10,000 Hours of Practice rule, which he claims is how long it takes to truly master a skill. The exact number may not be important, but it surely does take time and practice to hone our skills. Taking a quick coding course is useful, but to be an expert, there's no shortcut.

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Lee Copeland
Why Most Testers Hit a Developmental Wall

With automation, continuous integration, agile, and a slew of other testing innovations, the field has evolved into something new. However, one of the major issues that many testers are running into is that while the occupation itself is expanding, their own personal growth isn’t keeping pace.

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Josiah Renaudin
The Tester’s Role: Balancing Technical Acumen and User Advocacy

If you’ve been in software testing for a while, you’ve likely seen the major shifts the industry has taken. Melissa Tondi identifies a couple of them in the history of testing and talks about their impact on the discipline, on jobs, and on what skills are sought after, as well as how to continue adding value.

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Melissa Tondi