career development

It's All About Prioritization

"No one is busy in this world. It is all about priorities." In almost everything we do, prioritization is the key to surviving in today’s fast-paced world. Prioritization is particularly relevant in the software industry right now because being agile is the latest mantra for success.

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Mukesh Sharma
Switching Roles, Embracing Change, and Staying Relevant

Ageism in the tech industry does exist. But while some conceptions tend to be true for many established employees, such as their being less willing to relocate or travel, the stereotype that they are stuck in their ways doesn't have to be. You absolutely can—and should—stay current and continue adding value.

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Matthew Heusser
Learning On: Making Time for New Software Skills

Ongoing learning will help you remain relevant as the industry evolves, as well as be more productive at your job—but it can be hard to find the time. Steve Berczuk gives you some tips on how you can fit in education opportunities, what you can do to improve your skills, and what pitfalls to be sure to avoid.

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Steve Berczuk
How to Avoid Working in a Dysfunctional Organization

When relationships in a company are adversarial—even within departments and teams—it can stress you out and wear you down. No one wants to work in a dysfunctional organization, but how can you spot one? Before you accept a job at a new company, try to learn about its culture—its norms, values, and practices.

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Naomi Karten
The Test Expert’s Role in DevOps

If our goal as testers is to build and release code more rapidly, frequently, and reliably, we must also align and integrate our testing practices, testing tools, test cases, test data, and test environments into continuous integration, testing, and deployment. A DevOps culture yields all new opportunities.

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Michael Sowers
Want to Develop Style? Add to Your Repertoire

Whether it’s developing new proficiencies, acquiring professional certification, looking for a raise or promotion, advancing in a career, or adding a boost to a job search, approximately 63 percent of professionals have upgraded their skills within the last year according to a recent survey.

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Pamela Rentz
Mistakes We Make in Testing

A tester starting in the profession recently asked Michael Sowers, "What are some of the most common mistakes we make as testers?" He wrote down some of the more common ones he could think of that are made before, during, and after testing. How many of these could you turn into learning opportunities?

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Michael Sowers
Make the Effort to Invest in Yourself

To keep relevant in an ever-changing industry, you need training. But many companies don't provide or reimburse for continuing education. That means you're responsible for your ongoing career development. Don't fret; you don't have to spend a lot. And the more you learn and practice, the more value you have.

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Johanna Rothman