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Finding the Right Ratio of Testers to Developers for Your Team

Many organizations struggle with finding the optimum ratio of testers to developers. Linda Hayes explains that there's no one right answer. It depends on your needs for planning, test environment and data management, requirements analysis, test design, execution, diagnosis, reporting, and defect management.

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Linda Hayes
Agile or Not, You Need a Proper Customer and User Experience Process

In order to satisfy the people you hope will purchase or download your software, a proper customer and user experience process has to be built into the software development lifecycle. Whether you follow an agile, waterfall, or completely different methodology, this is a step that can’t be skipped.

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Josiah Renaudin
Five Takeaways from Linus Torvalds’ TED Talk

Linus Torvalds' concept of an open source operating system and the Linux kernel helps power the Internet and millions of Android devices. In a recent Q&A TED Talk, Torvalds discussed how he likes to work (alone), his good and bad traits, and why he doesn’t see himself as a visionary.

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Pamela Rentz
Here There Be Monsters: The Value of Data Profiling

Monsters appeared on medieval maps to identify the unknown dangers of the sea. Likewise, the data profiles for an organization identify the points within its data. A robust data-profiling strategy can provide a more accurate picture of an organization’s data systems and find risks before they become monsters.

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Shauna Ayers
Dealing with Criticism, Whether Constructive or Not

Of course, criticism is easier to take if it’s given with kindness. But what about when it isn't? Naomi Karten discusses how to receive, consider, and act on criticism, whether it's delivered constructively or not. If you've heard it before, it may be worth evaluating—especially if you’d prefer to ignore it.

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Naomi Karten
Agile Methods for Tackling the Work You Don’t Want to Do

We all have work we don't want to do. Some of it is boring or unpleasant, but there's another type: work we don't know if we can finish to our satisfaction. It's hard to tackle a task you're not an expert at. Johanna Rothman offers two classic project management approaches to face the work you're putting off.

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Johanna Rothman
Automation Friendly Test Design—An Example

A major contributor to success in test automation is test design. If tests have many unnecessary detailed steps and checks, even a skilled automation engineer will not be able to make the automation efficient and maintainable. Hans Buwalda shares an example of a test design that is automation friendly.

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Hans Buwalda
Why Agile Begs for Better Team Communication

How do you promote effective communication among a group of individuals, especially in agile? That’s the big question. In a world where some people might even have differing definitions of the actual word “communication,” it can seem impossible to get everyone on the same page.

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Josiah Renaudin