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When Can You Honestly Call Yourself Agile?

If you're working more iteratively and incrementally and things are better for your team and your customers, can you call yourself agile? As long as you're improving, does it really matter what you call yourself? Johanna Rothman says yes. Unless you're following the Agile Manifesto, you aren't truly agile.

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Johanna Rothman
What It Takes to Become an Expert

Malcolm Gladwell introduced the 10,000 Hours of Practice rule, which he claims is how long it takes to truly master a skill. The exact number may not be important, but it surely does take time and practice to hone our skills. Taking a quick coding course is useful, but to be an expert, there's no shortcut.

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Lee Copeland
Balancing Culture Fit with Diversity: Hiring for Success

Company culture is important, but you shouldn't base hiring decisions solely on how well someone seems he'll fit in. This leads to conformity and a fragile organization. To increase diversity, consider people who may not at first appear to be a cultural fit, but who could be valuable additions to your team.

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Steve Berczuk
Why Most Testers Hit a Developmental Wall

With automation, continuous integration, agile, and a slew of other testing innovations, the field has evolved into something new. However, one of the major issues that many testers are running into is that while the occupation itself is expanding, their own personal growth isn’t keeping pace.

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Josiah Renaudin
Quality Checks to Address Before, During, and After Cloud Migration

While it is a no-brainer that most organizations have either migrated to or are considering a move to the cloud, the stakes for cloud providers and consumers are quite high. Mukesh Sharma details some quality checks to address before, during, and after cloud migration to ensure a smooth transition.

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Mukesh Sharma
Want to Be More Influential at Work? Just Smile

Studies show smiling at work can make you seem much more like someone others can trust, rather than a grouch who will give them a hard time. Plus, smiling at people makes them want to smile back, so smiling and being cheerful can help you in interactions involving negotiation, persuasion, and collaboration.

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Naomi Karten
What It Takes to Be a Full-Stack Automation Engineer

Arm yourself with the knowledge to successfully transition from manual testing to a full-stack automation engineer. It’s a bold endeavor, which requires time, good navigation, and practice. The good news is that you don’t have to become an effective automation engineer overnight.

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Thuc Nguyen
4 Signs It Is Time to Reevaluate Your Testing Tool

Regardless of how you approach software testing at your organization, it is worth considering whether your testing tools and practices are becoming a burden to your team. Sanjay Zalavadia offers four signs to look for as you reevaluate your test software and consider possible replacements.

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Sanjay Zalavadia