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Go Ahead, Take a Mental Break from Workday Pressures

If you’re in a stress-filled, deadline-driven job, finding a way to take a mental break from your work can have significant health benefits. What’s important is not the specific activity that helps distract you, but that you have something that serves that purpose. Relaxing now helps you focus later.

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Naomi Karten
Stop Faking It: There Are Better Ways to Acquire Technical Skills

Everyone wants to hire someone who can “hit the ground running.” But seeking a candidate who has all nine of the core skills listed on the job description shouldn't be the goal; instead, it's more important to find someone who can learn quickly, collaborate with others, and acquire those skills through work.

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Matthew Heusser
feedback 3 Benefits of Collecting User Feedback Early

With agile software development, users are involved from the very beginning and are provided a minimum viable product to critique. A QA tool can be used to gather and organize user feedback while planning the next move. Sanjay Zalavadia highlights the benefits of collecting feedback early.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
Want to Be More Productive? Work Less

Although some organizations reward working long hours, that practice is actually counterproductive. After a certain point, more work does not mean more productivity. In fact, due to distractions and fatigue, eventually the more you work, the less productive you become. What's your ideal work-life balance?

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Steve Berczuk
Leverage Your Data to Establish Credibility as a Tester or Developer

If you’re new to a team but have an important point to make during a meeting, it makes sense to just voice your opinion and get your message across, right? That’s easier said than done. It takes time to build credibility amongst your peers, so you need to back everything up with data.

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Josiah Renaudin
Servant leadership The Art of People Facilitation: Servant Leadership and Team Dynamics

Some senior level staff in various organizations struggle to embrace certain modern concepts of leadership and facilitation. Emotional intelligence, observation, and skilled listening all play into modern servant leadership. It is a new art among agile managers, but it's an art we can all learn.

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Robert Woods
5 Ways to Have More Impact When You Talk

Whether proposing ideas at a meeting, talking with team members, or giving a formal presentation, certain ways of speaking can be annoying to listeners and, ultimately, water down your message. To have more impact when you talk and make your ideas really shine, avoid these five common bad habits.

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Naomi Karten
When It’s OK to Ignore Company Policy

Most company policies have their roots in good practices, but over time, an organization's goals can change so much that a policy does not support those goals any longer. It’s important for employees to be able to use their own judgment and feel comfortable going to supervisors about making exceptions.

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Lee Copeland