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Manager appreciating an employee Acknowledging Employees’ Efforts: So Easy, So Important

Acknowledgement is one of the most important things a manager can do. Research suggests that most people are more motivated by being told what they’re doing right than what they’re doing wrong. Recognition of small, everyday efforts and routine accomplishments make a difference in how employees feel about their work.

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Naomi Karten
Test automation gear On Your Software Team, Who Should Own Automation?

There is a prevalent question in the software world these days: Who should be working on automation—developers or testers? Justin Rohrman says it can be everyone's responsibility. It’s more important to look at the structure of your technical team, what skill sets are available, and what the skill distribution is.

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Justin Rohrman
Pack of lions How You Can Help the Human Animals in Your Group Thrive

On our teams, we deal with many individuals with diverse perspectives. It's not always easy, but we are animals, and many animals live and work—and are only able to survive—in teams. You can look to how animals interact with and react to each other to see how we, as human animals, can not just survive, but thrive.

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Isabel Evans
Two rocks balancing Balance Technical and Social Skills for Project Success

Software testing is a socio-technical undertaking, which means that effective test strategies must incorporate a balance of technical capabilities relating to processes and tools and social capabilities used for communication and problem-solving. This balance enables true project success.

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Marcia Buzzella
A hand controlling a marionette How to Deal with a Manipulative Coworker

Manipulation in the workplace can take many forms. It often manifests as one person turning coworkers against each other, spreading rumors, or making people feel insecure—either for the person's own benefit or just for entertainment. If you witness this destructive behavior, there are things you can do to stop it.

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Naomi Karten
iceberg of technical debt Technical Debt, Product Value, and Risk Management

Reports that the Equifax breach took advantage of a known issue in Apache Struts set the stage for a conversation about technical debt, product value, and risk management. Steve Berczuk shares his thoughts on how to help prioritize technical work in a way that balances short and long term value.

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Steve Berczuk
failure and success road signs Want to Become Agile? Get Ready to Make Countless Mistakes

It’s not easy, but to find success with agile, you need to become comfortable not only taking risks, but watching those risks lead to real failure. Not every idea is going to be a winner, but more often than not, those failures lead to an even greater success.

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Josiah Renaudin
chess pieces Automation Needs Strategy, Leadership, and Real Testing Skills

The people behind your automation tools need to understand how the testing is done. You want your automation people to be able to write their own test cases, understand the domain so that they know what they’re automating should be automated, and have an overall solid testing foundation.

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Josiah Renaudin