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Stack of product boxes Why You Should Treat Tests as Products

There's a case for treating some of your tests as products—project deliverables in their own right, created as a business investment. "Productizing" tests can show their value to management, but more importantly, it can help them contribute more effectively to the development lifecycle. Here are four steps to consider.

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Platform with first, second, and third positions The Problem with the People-Management Bell Curve

Conforming team performance evaluations to a tidy bell curve is a simple, quantitative solution to the challenging problem of rating employee performance. However, it doesn’t work. It’s unrealistic (not to mention counterproductive) to force-fit employee evaluations to the curve when that doesn't reflect their work.

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Agile team in a meeting Does Agile Have Too Many Meetings?

Because agile favors lots of short meetings, it may seem like they take up a lot more time. But when you compare it to time spent meeting in the pre-agile days, it's usually actually less. However, this doesn’t mean all meetings you attend are useful. Here are a few tips for deciding if all your meetings are necessary.

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Text with red proofreading marks For Professional Communication, Check Your Grammar and Punctuation

If you want to be taken seriously at work, you should pay careful attention to your grammar and punctuation in proposals, formal emails, instructions, presentations, blog posts, resumes—pretty much any important written communication. If you frequently make style and usage mistakes, your credibility can take a hit.

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Kubernetes logos in the cloud Should You Use a Managed Cloud Service for Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is the number one container orchestration platform, as it’s suitable for deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Several managed cloud-based services are available for Kubernetes, but are they right for your situation? Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of these services.

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A manager and an employee having a one-on-one meeting One-on-Ones: A Framework for Feedback

Regular one-on-one meetings between a manager and employee are a forum to provide safe, timely feedback. They can be short or longer, but you should discuss successes, challenges, and how to improve. Having a framework for the conversation helps you make sure that the meetings don’t routinely become chat sessions.

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Tester looking at a defect log Defect Reporting: The Next Steps

When a software defect is identified, best practices usually only pertain to the initial writing of the defect, not the tasks required to close it. Many factors can influence the tester's work. The solution is to add a “Next Steps” section that identifies the work remaining and the person responsible for completing it.

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Scrum team member fixing a bicycle 3 Common Scrum Anti-Patterns and How to Fix Them

For a Scrum team to operate successfully, the entire team must honor the Scrum values of commitment, courage, focus, openness, and respect. But it's easy to fall into practices that can erode trust and collaboration. Here are three common anti-patterns that emerge in Scrum, as well as the solutions to overcome them.

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