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Organized desk Organize Your Workspace, Improve the Way You Work

Having to spend time locating papers or supplies can make a definite dent in your productivity. If you're unorganized at work, it may be time to declutter. By re-evaluating your belongings, identifying your trouble spots, and organizing your surroundings by importance, you'll be able to do your job better.

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Naomi Karten
Puzzle piece The Role of Testers on Agile Teams

Some agile teams have so fully embraced the idea of the development team owning quality that they don't hire anyone with a testing background, instead making software engineers responsible for all phases of quality. Still, testers add value to a team in many ways that don’t involve test execution. Where do they fit in?

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Steve Berczuk
man jumping hurdle 3 Major Continuous Delivery Hurdles Teams Need to Overcome

Teams that leverage continuous delivery and continuous integration are playing an entirely different game than software teams of the past—instead of mapping out this major, ridged timeline, data is being both gathered and used more frequently (and effectively) than before.

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Josiah Renaudin
People shaking hands at a job interview What to Say (and Not Say) in a Job Interview

The interview can strongly influence whether you get the job you’re seeking. It’s not just what you say in responding to interview questions that’s important; it’s how you say it. And maybe even more important than things you should say is steering clear of things you shouldn’t say. Here are some points to consider.

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Naomi Karten
daydreaming at work Yes, Daydreamers Are Smarter

Did a teacher ever call you out for daydreaming? Did your boss? Turns out, you’re not a slacker after all. According to a brain study conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology, you’re smart, creative, and your mind wanders because you may have extra brain capacity.

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Pamela Rentz
Hands breaking free of restraints Breaking the Cycle of Bad Scrum

When practiced well, Scrum can empower people, teams, and organizations to solve complex problems and deliver value to their customers. But bad Scrum does the opposite. If team members or leaders don't embrace Scrum values, it can be oppressive and create tension. Here's how you can prevent bad Scrum from taking hold.

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Ryan Ripley
A businesswoman dealing with a difficult man Dealing with a Difficult Person at Work

Sometimes, when a coworker or customer behaves in an offensive manner, it’s not the totality of that person’s character. They may be coping with circumstances you're not aware of. Before you react to someone's behavior, strive to understand if there's something else behind it. It will improve your relationships.

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Naomi Karten
ducks in a row What It Takes to Be an Effective Leader in Software Testing

Similar to the discussion of “How much test automation do I need?” the answer often depends on your team’s makeup and what sort of product you’re making. There isn’t a perfect equation, but there are still general, proven qualities that lead to better software and happier software testers.

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Josiah Renaudin