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Person taking notes while watching a virtual conference How to Make the Most of a Virtual Conference

Many conferences are moving to a virtual format. If you haven’t attended an event remotely before, you may be wondering how you can make the most of it. While it is different from going to a conference in person, there are still many opportunities for value. Here's how to best take advantage of a virtual conference.

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Kelly McGee
Green plastic army soldier figures Building a DevOps Army

As you scale DevOps, you need more team members who understand the fundamentals. You could bring in external folks, but they're expensive and in short supply, so start building your DevOps army now by training existing employees. Here's what testers, developers, and IT operations professionals each need to know.

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Tom Stiehm
Woman putting her head down on her laptop in frustration How to Decide whether to Quit Your Job

Some people are happy with their jobs and know they want to keep them. Others are clear that they want to quit. What's difficult is when the decision to quit or stay is a tough one. The important thing in making that choice is to be sure you’ve examined the issue as objectively as you can from different viewpoints.

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Naomi Karten
Employee receiving feedback Seeking Feedback the Right Way

Receiving negative feedback can be uncomfortable. You may immediately get defensive. But to grow personally and in your career, you need to be able to receive feedback—both good and bad. Here's how to recognize the three types of feedback you will get, and know how to solicit it and respond to it in the right way.

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Allison Scholz
Stylish older woman with gray hair wearing a fedora Aging Gracefully in QA

Employee churn is inevitable in every industry, and positions are being filled by fresh young faces all the time. Instead of becoming worried or insecure, senior team members should embrace their new status as someone to be looked up to for experience, lessons, and mentoring abilities. Here's how to do that in QA.

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Mukesh Sharma
2020 confetti Softer Testing Skills to Focus On in 2020

Although technical skills will always be essential for testers, this should be the year we also have a collective responsibility to focus on two softer aspects: being realistic about goals for quality, and bringing back simplicity into the software engineering discipline. Here's how these goals can bring value in 2020.

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Mukesh Sharma
Person holding a sparkler with New Year's fireworks in the background Top 10 TechWell Insights Stories of 2019

Career development was on many software practitioners' minds in 2019, as some of our top stories were about having a technical lead on a Scrum team and making the switch from quality assurance to quality engineering. Stories about new ideas such as DevOps and continuous testing also ranked high. Check out the roundup.

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Beth Romanik
Person's hand on a folder with the word "empower" on it, containing evaluations Use Self-Evaluation to Stay on the Right Career Track

Employer evaluations measure your performance against expected objectives, evaluate you against other employees, and aim to keep you relevant in your company. But it’s also a good idea to perform a self-examination in relationship to your place of employment, to ensure you stay attractive to potential future employers.

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Richard Estra