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open dictionary Sideways: A Tech Dictionary for Everyone

The Sideways Dictionary is a cool new resource to bookmark. Sideways is like a dictionary, but it's way more interesting. Created by Google’s technology incubator Jigsaw, it uses analogies and metaphors, instead of dry definitions, to explain techno-jargon.

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Pamela Rentz
Speaking Too Fast or Too Slow? Speaking to Get Your Idea Across

It's interesting how people speak at different rates, and there are lots of reasons for that, such as culture, upbringing, preference, and just the way we're wired. At work, what's important is that if you speak too fast or too slow relative to what's normal in your environment, you may unknowingly be annoying people.

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Naomi Karten
Things to do Software Testers, What Should You Be Doing Right Now?

As a software tester, there are any number of jobs you could be doing at any given time. The first problem in software testing, the one we have to think about before even deciding on our approach, is: What should I be working on right now? Communication, time management, and prioritization are essential to our jobs.

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Justin Rohrman
Leadership The Difference between Directing and Leading

Being a leader of a software team comes with a lot of responsibility. You may be used to people looking to you for direction. But directing doesn't let your team truly use the skills and talents they were hired for. A good leader knows that sometimes, the best strategy is to step aside and let the team shine.

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Bob Galen
Specialist Finding a Home for Specialists on Cross-Functional Agile Teams

It may seem like the best team would be composed of all specialists, but due to their proficiency in only one area, they can actually hold up an agile workflow. You can keep specialists on your cross-functional teams; you just need to structure their work. Here are four options for making good use of a specialist.

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Steve Berczuk
Busy people How to Be Productive Instead of Just Busy

Some people confuse being busy with being productive, but the two are not the same. Busy people talk about how little time they have; productive people decide what’s important and make time for those things. If you want to be less busy—or at least have some control over your busyness—try these tactics to reprioritize.

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Naomi Karten
team meeting Why Testers and Developers Don’t Have to Be on the Same Page

Since software development is highly subjective in nature, different thought processes and assumptions between development and testing teams can positively impact applications and lead to a more successful, well-rounded product. It might not seem like it at the time, but there’s value to dissonance.

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Josiah Renaudin
Evaluating research How to Evaluate the Quality of a Research Study

It’s wise not to accept a research report's findings just because they were published. You may discover the findings couldn’t be replicated, too small a sample was tested, or the results of studies that generated contrary results weren’t considered. Here are some questions you can ask to evaluate research.

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Naomi Karten