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Manager considering an idea How to Get Management to Really Consider Your Ideas

A key to getting management buy-in is identifying the issues that matter most to those at the top, then documenting and communicating how your services, products, or projects can address those issues. Like everyone else, executives want to succeed. Here's how you can build a persuasive case.

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Naomi Karten
Hand holding happy face sticker How to Stay Happy in Your Testing Career

Jon Hagar believes a tester should have fun, find their work challenging, and look forward to an interesting career. Some great ways to achieve this job satisfaction are to keep learning and updating your skills, develop a career plan for the future, and seek out the fun challenges in software testing.

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Jon Hagar
Sunglasses on the beach Don’t Be a Work Martyr—Use Your Vacation Time

Almost half of American workers who are entitled to paid vacation days don’t use some of them. But few people can work nonstop without a decrease in productivity, an increase in errors, or a grouchy attitude. Taking time off improves your work-life balance, recharges your batteries, and reduces burnout. Use your days!

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Naomi Karten
People communicating with speech bubbles What Does Effective Communication Really Mean?

The ability to communicate effectively is not just nice to have, but a must-have for many IT positions. Still, the term “communication skills” is vague, and it’s reasonable to ask what it actually entails. Think about making a list of communication skills to use when evaluating job candidates—or job hunting yourself.

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Naomi Karten
Daily scrum standup meeting 4 Ways to Restore Purpose to Your Daily Scrum

The daily scrum was created to help the Scrum team meet its sprint goal. Unfortunately, answering the three daily questions can turn a synchronization and planning meeting into a status report. Here are four ways to make sure your team members are collaborating about their work and are ready to tackle the next day.

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Ryan Ripley
Team grouped around a computer Growing Generalized Specialists on an Agile Team

A generalized specialist is not a jack of all trades. It is an individual with deep knowledge in a particular specialization who also has learned to be productive in other team roles. Here are some tips on how to grow generalized specialists on your team in order to maximize your team's productivity potential.

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Jeffery Payne
People working in an office Designing an Office to Nurture Innovative Agile Development Teams

Agile software development is a collaborative activity in many ways, but it also requires quiet time. While open office spaces foster communication and collaboration, it's still important for a workspace to have areas where people can buckle down and work. What is the best office configuration to nurture innovation?

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Steve Berczuk
Woman yelling into a megaphone How to Grab People's Attention

In this hectic, fast-paced world, it can be tough getting anyone’s attention. But you’re more likely to succeed if you quickly arouse interest, generate intrigue, and make an impression. One way to do that is with a hook—an opening statement or question that quickly piques curiosity. Here's how to grab attention.

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Naomi Karten