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Question mark drawn on a chalkboard To Be a Better Tester, Ask the Right Questions

Critical thinking is a core trait a software tester needs to succeed, and asking questions is a great skill to help. Questioning brings out the required information, breaks assumptions, and enables everyone on the team to give their perspectives. But there's an art to asking the right question at the right time.

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Rajini Padmanaban
Text with red proofreading marks For Professional Communication, Check Your Grammar and Punctuation

If you want to be taken seriously at work, you should pay careful attention to your grammar and punctuation in proposals, formal emails, instructions, presentations, blog posts, resumes—pretty much any important written communication. If you frequently make style and usage mistakes, your credibility can take a hit.

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Naomi Karten
Sand running through an hourglass 5 Strategies for Better Time Management

When you read about time management techniques, the most common advice is often to just get work done. But for many people, it’s harder than that. If you’re getting pulled in many different directions and having to juggle lots of different tasks, these strategies can bring your time management to the next level.

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Emma Lee
Model of a head with areas of the brain diagrammed Do You Use Only 10% of Your Brain?

You’ve probably heard the claim that we use only 10% of our brains. That's a total myth, but it’s not hard to understand why it would take hold: Who hasn’t wondered how we could do more in less time and with less effort? The reality is that most everyone can become more productive by following some simple tips.

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Naomi Karten
Computer, cup of coffee, and to-do list 3 Tactics to Stay Productive with an Agile Schedule

The usual productivity tips apply best to those working in a typical office with typical hours. What if you don’t work within a structured schedule? How can you stay productive when work ebbs and flows or occurs outside the typical nine-to-five? Here are three ways to be productive when your schedule is unpredictable.

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Beth Romanik
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
Group of software engineers laughing at their computers Joking Around and Taking Work Seriously

You may be totally serious about your job yet give the impression that you’re not. Laughter and fun help some people tackle the high-priority, stress-inducing problems they face every day, but it can also be misinterpreted by others that they aren't taking their work seriously. How are people perceiving your behavior?

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Naomi Karten
Broken pastel sticks Security Testing: A Constructive Mindset with a Destructive Approach

A typical tester mimics end-users, who are constructive when exploring an application’s functionality. But the role of a security tester is different. Their focus is mainly on mimicking hackers, who are intentionally destructive. A solid security strategy should balance both constructive and destructive efforts.

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Rajini Padmanaban