1. How to Attract and Retain Skilled Software Testers: An Interview with Judy McKay

As the demand for skilled, qualified software testers grows, it will become essential for organizations to consider how they can attract and retain the right software testing talent.

Of course, there are a number of qualities that make a tester “good” – attitude, passion, curiosity, just to name a few. Skilled testers will be able to embed themselves into the whole software development lifecycle regardless of what your lifecycle is. The presence of a good tester will facilitate a focus on quality throughout the project and will ultimately result in a quality-focused team building a quality product.

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Here’s a question: what do Nick Fury from The Avengers, Daniel LaRusso from The Karate Kid, and President Richard Nixon all have in common?

Stumped?

Turns out they’re all classic Type A personalities.

You know what a Type A is: a strong individual characterized by ambition, high energy, and competitiveness. Type As persevere against all odds – they are in it to win it.

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1. Why Software Testers Wear Many Hats

In 1985, Edward Charles Francis Publius de Bono introduced a lateral thinking concept in his landmark book, Six Thinking Hats. These hats define different cognitive styles that, when fused, achieve optimal results in project management. Teams that incorporate the following six thinking styles make the fewest mistakes, identify the greatest opportunities and cover the most ground:

  • Managerial Blue
  • Informational White
  • Emotional Red
  • Discerning Black
  • Optimistic Yellow
  • Creative Green
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1. Can Metrics Improve Agile Testing? Measure, Analyse, Adjust

Yes, if you start measuring right now!

But let’s take a step back. Before you jump right in to measuring and collecting data, there are some things you should know:

  • Why collecting metrics is helpful
  • Which metrics should be gathered during a sprint
  • The easiest way to gather metrics during a sprint
  • How metrics can help improve testing
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It’s been three weeks since Google made its Mobilegeddon update, a term that’s already got its own Wikipedia entry. If you haven’t been following the Mobilegeddon hashtags, here’s the update: Google now explicitly favors mobile-optimized sites. That being said, Google probably enacted the changes months ago and is just now telling us.

Are you late to the party? If you have a great mobile front-end and excellent mobile performance, Mobilegeddon may not affect you much. Same goes for websites with responsive design.

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