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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
What the Internet of Things Desperately Needs Is Standards

IoT is the latest trend that’s producing new connected devices that change how we interact with our environment. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what IoT can achieve, but before we can really hit our stride in this industry, all the different players needs to agree on a standard.

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Josiah Renaudin
Government’s Federal Source Code Policy Mandates 20 Percent Open Source

In an attempt to reduce duplicating government IT and software resources, the US federal government recently announced the “Federal Source Code” policy, which requires new custom-developed source code used by federal agencies to be made available for sharing and reuse government-wide.

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Pamela Rentz
The Tester’s Role: Balancing Technical Acumen and User Advocacy

If you’ve been in software testing for a while, you’ve likely seen the major shifts the industry has taken. Melissa Tondi identifies a couple of them in the history of testing and talks about their impact on the discipline, on jobs, and on what skills are sought after, as well as how to continue adding value.

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Melissa Tondi
Why We Can’t Help Jumping to Conclusions

We all jump to conclusions. It isn’t something we think about, and it's actually rooted in our biology. Still, even if we can’t avoid it, perhaps we can become more mindful of some of our conclusions once we’ve reached them. After having made an interpretation, we should occasionally pause and question it.

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Naomi Karten
Finding a Middle Ground between Exploratory Testing and Total Automation

The automator wants to get rid of human exploration—they want a robot to cut down a forest and stack the wood. The explorer, on the other hand, sees tools more like a chainsaw—they allow humans to go ten times faster, but a human is still driving the process. Finding a middle ground is the best test strategy.

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Matthew Heusser