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software architecture How Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Integration Changed Software Architecture

For the longest time, software architecture was something you built, adapted to your team or situation, and left in place—the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. Now, more rapid changes aren’t just expected, they’re necessary.

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Josiah Renaudin
Lit-up computer The Future of Testing: Quality Engineers and Specialist Skills

Many testers have opinions about the future of their profession. Melissa Tondi thinks the traditional QA position is moving toward that of a quality engineer—a skilled role using techniques previously thought of as the domain of specialists. If we focus on efficiency, tomorrow's testers can expand their skill sets.

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Melissa Tondi
Brain The Cognitive Costs of Multitasking

We've heard that multitasking impairs your ability to concentrate and do an effective job of each task. But did you know it can also have negative effects on your brain? Researchers have found that multitaskers may have difficulty paying attention and recalling information, and they may even experience decreased IQ.

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Naomi Karten
Change ahead The Software World Is Changing—Are You Willing to Change with It?

The software landscape is changing. Processes are becoming quicker and leaner, but instead of re-evaluating some of our traditional practices, we sometimes try to make them fit where they don't belong. This holds back continuous improvement. If you want change, you first need to be willing to change.

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Lee Copeland
fake-genuine street sign Fighting Fake News

Is this news story true or is it merely the product of someone’s imagination? While sometimes it’s easy to tell, many people have been fooled by fake news. As part of an effort to mitigate the trending “fake news” phenomena, Google recently announced the latest improvements for Google Search.

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Pamela Rentz
old book 3 Qualities of Great Storytellers in Software Testing

Becoming a good storyteller in the world of testing is important. By adding emotional weight and the full user experience to user stories, we can better our understanding of potential faults, more effectively share our experiences, and craft a better message that team members and users alike can get behind.

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Josiah Renaudin
Project sponsor When You Should Get Your Project Sponsor Involved

If there are decisions to be made on a project, the project manager may think he's helping by going directly to the customer to get her opinion. But project sponsors represent the organization, and they should be consulted before any significant decisions are made. Do you know when you should get the sponsor involved?

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Payson Hall
Conference 10 Strategies to Get the Most out of Attending a Conference

Any time you get the opportunity to attend a conference, think of it as a chance to learn and bring some new ideas back to your team and company. It’s important to be intentional as you prepare and to know what you want to achieve. Here are ten strategies—and a worksheet—to help you get the most out of the experience.

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Greg Paskal