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Businessman touching a gears icon for automation Who Should Be Doing Automation Work?

Testers often look at automation work as the next career step after manual testing. Automation work has more visibility at the project level, and people who do this work usually also tend to have a little more social status. But Justin Rohrman makes a case for why testers shouldn't be the ones doing automation work.

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painter's palette Why State-of-the-Art Technology Needs Art and Tech

There’s a longstanding, often passionate debate about art versus design and what separates the two. Now, many advocate that technology presents yet another creative medium, and silos are being torn down as art, design, and technology are increasingly entwined.

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Red-green-refactor cycle Keep Your Code Base Clean with Regular Refactoring

The Boy Scouts have a rule: “Leave the campground cleaner than you found it.” You should apply the same principle to your code. Regular refactoring prevents code rot by keeping the code base clean and easy to maintain. Refactoring activities can be added to the product backlog as user stories to make it a discipline.

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Woman working remotely at a computer Agile Collaboration on Remote Teams

The first value in the Agile Manifesto is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools,” and for many teams, being located in the same place facilitates these interactions. However, being part of an effective, collaborative team is less about location than it is about motivation and good practices.

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Large black dog sitting and listening Simple Ways to Become a Great Listener

In this era of multitasking, you probably excel at listening even as you do other things. But it’s not enough to be skilled at listening if, in the process, you convey the impression that you’re not listening. Make sure the people you're communicating with know you're listening to them by employing these simple tips.

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Apple cut open to reveal an orange inside 6 Signs Your Agile Project Isn’t Really Agile

There's a trend of organizations declaring they are agile without actually changing how they develop software. Declaring that an apple is an orange doesn’t make it so. These six key indicators can help you determine whether your agile project isn’t really agile after all—and give you some solutions to help.

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puppies in a basket Stressed? Why NIH Says Puppy Cams Are Your Best Friend

Who among us doesn't need stress reduction techniques from time to time? Especially ideas that actually work. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently channeled a puppy cam to call attention to the importance of recognizing stress in our everyday lives.

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Tablet next to a smartphone Up Your Security: Turn On Two-Factor Authentication

You may think that if you always take care not to share personal information online and regularly update security settings, turning on two-factor authentication is an unnecessary step. But the truth is there is always a risk. Let's look into how two-factor authentication keeps your personal information more secure.

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