Some people stress the need for agile training with certification, as it helps to select candidates and lays a foundation for an agile transformation. Others are against certification, in their opinion they don't reflect people's abilities and skills properly and people who have no certifications might be better candidates than others who have. Are you pro or against agile certification?
The state of testing 2015 report shares results from this year's testing survey that was organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest and Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers. It provides insights in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. InfoQ did an interview with the organizers of the survey.
Yves Hanoulle started a community project to write a book on hiring. InfoQ interviewed Hanoulle about this project, the differences between hiring contractors and "fixed" employees and ongoing trends in hiring. InfoQ also interviewed some of the members of this project about why they joined and their views on effective hiring.
Rodoljub Petrović shares his lessons learned from growing engineering teams for years. If you want to change your organization's culture, take care of your hiring process and give it top priority. And follow these lessons.
Yahoo! has recently laid off about 600 employees based on a ranking system introduced last year, while Microsoft is ditching their system to relieve some of the pressure from their staff.