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How to Prepare for ISTQB Exam

In this FAQ column, Michael Sowers provides advice on preparing for the ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager Certification Exam.

Michael Sowers's picture Michael Sowers
Painful Lessons I Learned from Bootstrapping a Startup

If you are considering leaving the nest to self-fund your own endeavor, you may want to read about Mike Botsko's experience creating a cloud-based, bug-tracking app called Snowy Evening. What started out as a lot of fun quickly turned into a tough journey. Don't worry—it has a happy ending!

Mike Botsko's picture Mike Botsko
You Can't Be Just a Manager Anymore

It used to be that a project manager did one thing: manage the success of the project. As IT budgets shrink and job responsibilities expand, there is no such thing as a typical project manager role. You're expected to wear many hats, facilitate human resource issues, become a subject matter expert, and assist with key technical activities.

Gunasekaran Veerapillai's picture Gunasekaran Veerapillai
Reverse Mentoring: Should Younger Workers Be Mentoring Your Executives?

What happens when younger knowledge workers, the millennials, bring a new perspective to an organization? Reverse mentoring can dramatically improve employee retention, team collaboration, and the adoption of newer technology.

Lew Sauder's picture Lew Sauder
Building a Solid Scrum Foundation Requires Clear Roles

Without clearly defined roles and responsibilities, actions taken by key project stakeholders may result in project misfires. Kyle shows what you should do to avoid the situation when roles are misunderstood, overlapped, or completely missing.

Kyle  Roozen 's picture Kyle Roozen
Immersive Interviewing and Hiring

Hiring people for any role on an agile team (manager, ScrumMaster, product owner, team member, or architect) is challenging. Even though candidates might be able to answer your questions and prove their C++ programming skills, what you really want are people who are competent and capable, work well with others, and will fit in with your team.

Mitch Lacey's picture Mitch Lacey
FAQ: How Can I Be a Better Product Owner?

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Arlen Bankston answers one of the questions students ask him most often.

Arlen Bankston's picture Arlen Bankston
Can Anyone be a Tester?

Testers can come from all walks of life, but can anyone be a tester? It’s time for testers to clean up the craft and regain their respect.

Julie Hurst's picture Julie Hurst
How to Build a Successful Team: Analysis, Motivation, and Beyond

It takes more than just gathering a bunch of skilled testers in a room together to make a great test team. Learn how to analyze individual tester types, motivate your team, and achieve success.

Lloyd Roden's picture Lloyd Roden
FAQ: Will a Tester Certification Help Me Get a Better Job?

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Claire Lohr answers one of the questions students ask her most often.

Claire Lohr's picture Claire Lohr

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