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Agile Teamwork Thanks to Agile, You Can No Longer Be a Selfish Tester

You achieve much greater things if you trust your testing team and focus on the entire software lifecycle rather than your own personal goals. Over the years, agile has made it difficult to be both selfish and successful as a tester.

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Josiah Renaudin
Managers and leaders The Difference between Managers and Leaders

You often hear managers referred to as leaders, but the two terms are not synonymous. Managers can be leaders, but not always, and there are people who don’t have formal management positions who are leaders. Understanding the difference can help people in both roles—and their team members—be more effective.

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Steve Berczuk
Star Wars logo The Last Jedi? Some Words of Wisdom

"I only know one truth: It's time for the Jedi to end." That’s the bomb Luke Skywalker dropped in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Pamela Rentz highlights some of the wisdom of the Jedi to keep The Force strong in the workplace and our lives.

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Pamela Rentz
Communication Speaking the Same Language in Software Testing

Arguments in software testing often revolve around language. We use phrases like test case, exploratory testing, and regression testing every day, but we can’t be sure that you and I mean the same thing when we do. Increased communication and detailed discussions can help avoid misunderstandings.

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Justin Rohrman
Technical manager Do Software Teams Need Managers with Technical Expertise?

Soft skills matter in how effective a manager is, but what about technical skills? If you're a software engineer, how important is it to you for your manager to have the same background and to fully understand your job? Ideally they would, but in some cases, that role can be better filled by a technical lead.

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Steve Berczuk
Learning An Agile Mindset: Learning Early, Not Failing Fast

Agile encourages teams to continuously improve through learning. One of the phrases associated with this process is "failing fast"—trying new things and taking lessons from mistakes as you go. But Johanna Rothman thinks "learning early" is a better phrase. That change in terminology can give you a happier mindset.

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Johanna Rothman
test tubes containing different colored liquids The Value of Experimentation in Testing

With new concepts, platforms, methodologies, and devices being introduced at a rapid rate, it’s critical to both initiate and establish a culture of experimentation within your testing team. You need to experiment and take risks in order to keep pace and hopefully surpass the competition.

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Josiah Renaudin
Problem and solution 3 Common Collaboration Problems for Teams Transitioning to Agile

A shift toward working in smaller teams on tighter releases forces organizations adopting agile to rethink what successful delivery looks like. It can be a big change for those used to silos. Here are three key symptoms of agile teams that don’t have close collaboration—and some solutions you can implement to fix them.

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Kevin Dunne