Beth Romanik is online editor for TechWell, reading and publishing articles for StickyMinds, AgileConnection, CMCrossroads, TechWell Insights, and Better Software magazine. She has worked for several other newspapers, magazines, and sites of all kinds. Beth is excited about new developments in technology, but she'll always have a soft spot for paper and ink.
Many teams are embracing new practices, and several of last year's most-read stories reflect that, with topics such as AI, DevOps, and continuous testing. But it looks like lots of teams also want to get back to basics, because guides to tried-and-true agile and testing methods also ranked high. Check out the roundup.
Startup Test.ai is a system for AI-powered user scenario testing for mobile and web apps that uses bots, not humans, to develop and run test scenarios. It just secured investor funding, so Test.ai is on its way toward its goal of testing every app in the world. CEO Jason Arbon talks about the future of testing and AI.
Some tech companies have created their own automated managers—software that can handle administrative and workflow processes typically presided over by humans, but in a fraction of the time. With so many typical management tasks able to be automated, are bosses going to land on the endangered species list? Not so fast.
Microsoft has called for federal regulation of facial-recognition software, arguing that such artificial intelligence abilities are too significant and potentially dangerous for its purveyors to police themselves. The move comes amid public criticism of several tech giants over their use—and misuse—of the technology.
Impostor syndrome is the belief that you're inadequate and incompetent, despite evidence otherwise. It’s more than just insecurity; it’s persistent self-doubt about your accomplishments, and the feeling that any success must have been undeserved. Don’t sell yourself short. Here are four ways to beat impostor syndrome.
If you're spending too much time checking and answering your email—and frankly, who doesn't feel that way—you may just need to revamp your email routine. Here are some techniques for getting a handle on your messages, including better prioritization and categorization. You may even get to the coveted inbox zero.
Toyota is developing personal helper robots, and it recently got one step closer to making them commercially available by conducting the first in-home trial in North America. This robot can fetch, carry, open doors, and pick things up off the floor, helping people with limited mobility be more independent.