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Programmer coding A Tester’s Guide to Choosing a Programming Language

Many testers want to learn a programming language, but how should they decide which one? Justin Rohrman suggests finding an authentic problem to solve and moving from there to determine which language would be best. You can also ask developer coworkers for suggestions and help—take advantage of available resources.

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Justin Rohrman
Happy new year fireworks photo by Annie Spratt 4 Trends You'll See in the Tech Workplace in 2018

A new year means new technologies changing how we work, and the software industry is affected by these shifts more than most. Let’s look at four trends we’re likely to see in tech workplaces in 2018: continuing education, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data privacy, and more employee interaction.

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Beth Romanik
man at computer Why the Gig Economy Thrives in the World of DevOps

Even if the industry is booming, it’s not easy filling the full-time DevOps roles. Every software team is vying to find the perfect person to come in and establish a culture to promote improved software release cycles, software quality, security, and rapid feedback on product development. But it's not easy.

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Josiah Renaudin
Arrows pointing to old way and new way An Agile Approach to Change Management

Many organizations are reluctant to introduce new tools or technologies, or even to update existing ones. The reason is often framed in terms of risk management, but agile teams already have the tools to manage the risk of change: testing and experiments. These approaches together eliminate gaps in risk identification.

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Steve Berczuk
Leader helping someone up 5 Myths and Misconceptions about Leadership

It’s a common myth that leaders are born, not made. Even so-called natural leaders have plenty to learn about handling the kinds of challenges and problems they’ll have to face, and many others grow into the role. Let's explore this misconception and four others to learn that anyone with the drive can be a leader.

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Naomi Karten
Arrow expanding testing Continuous Exploratory Testing: Expanding Critical Testing across the Delivery Cycle

Continuous testing entails executing automated tests to obtain rapid feedback on business risks. Where does that leave exploratory testing? Obviously, it doesn’t make sense to repeat the same exploratory tests across and beyond a sprint, but exploratory testing can be a continuous part of each software delivery cycle.

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Ingo Philipp
pink lady slipper flowers Growing Security Intelligence: DARPA Proposes Plants as Sensors

The new Advanced Plant Technologies program established by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will explore ways to use plants' natural responsiveness to their environment as a military sensor to detect and report on the presence of threats such as explosive devices or radioactivity.

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Pamela Rentz
chess pieces Why Smart Testing Requires Strategy and Flexibility

You can’t expect to achieve successful testing without the proper strategy, but you also can’t create a strategy that doesn’t allow you to adapt along the way. Think about why you’re testing, and be confident enough to change course if you feel it can benefit your team and project.

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Josiah Renaudin