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People raising their hands at a conference How to Make the Most of Your Conference Experience

You researched the conference you want to attend and gained approval to go—now what? These tips will ensure you make the most of your conference experience, from planning who and what you want to see while you're there, to starting to network ahead of time, to making sure you bring back the most valuable information.

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Allison Scholz
Arthur Hicken and Aprajita Mathur Testing, Today and Tomorrow: Slack Takeovers with Arthur Hicken and Aprajita Mathur

Thought leaders from the software community are taking over the TechWell Hub to answer questions and engage in conversations. Arthur Hicken and Aprajita Mathur each recently hosted Slack takeovers, and they talked about keeping IoT devices secure, onboarding new test team members, and what skills we should be learning.

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Beth Romanik
A quality guild made up of software testers in the community Creating a Community of Testers

Many teams are divided by product or feature, with only one dedicated tester per team. How do you learn and grow in your career when you’re disconnected from your peers? One solution is to create your own community of testers that spans the organization. Here are some ideas to start and facilitate a Quality Guild.

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Philip Daye
Woman being interviewed for a job as a software tester Transitioning to Testing: The Qualities We Should Be Looking For

Testing is an accessible career choice for people who don't come from the typical paths into a tech job. Previous jobs and formal education should matter less than the abilities to observe, identify risks, and report that information. How can we change our interview processes to highlight these skills and mindset?

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Justin Rohrman
Tester in a business suit giving a thumbs-up Career Options for Testers in the Age of Agile and DevOps

Software testing expertise is still a critical need. But as we enter the age of agile and DevOps, the industry is changing. If you’re in a software quality or testing role now as a direct contributor or leader, how should you prepare? What’s your next career step? Here's how you should equip yourself for the future.

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Michael Sowers
Paul Grizzaffi Succeeding in the World of Test Automation: A Slack Takeover with Paul Grizzaffi

Thought leaders from the software community are taking over the TechWell Hub to answer questions and engage in conversations. Paul Grizzaffi, principal automation architect for Magenic, hosted this Slack takeover and discussed how to choose a tool, getting automation projects going, and future-proofing testing careers.

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Cristy Bird
Business people communicating using soft skills Why We Need to Stop Calling Them Soft Skills

People often focus on hard skills for career development, but soft skills are just as important—if not more. Soft skills require practice and they are crucial for professional success, so we should stop referring to interpersonal skills as soft. They’re hard, human skills, and they can set you apart in your job.

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Owen Gotimer
Smiling woman attending a software conference 4 Tips for Convincing Your Boss to Send You to a Conference

You’ve found the industry conference you want to attend. You know the content at the event is going to help you grow your skills, and in your mind, the capital and time expenditure is clearly justified. So why is it not that easy to get your boss to agree? Here are four tips for convincing your boss to send you.

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Stasi Richmond