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  • How a Safe-to-Fail Approach Can Enable Psychological Safety in Teams

    Companies can establish a culture of psychological safety among their employees, a culture in which failing is not frowned upon but rather is accepted as something that can happen to anyone. Safe-to-fail should be part of the corporate culture. A shift in the way we envision success can lead to a better understanding of where failure lies and provide courage to overcome our fears.

  • Improving Gender Inclusion by Using Agile Principles

    Pakistan is behind with regards to gender inclusion in technology; however, coding boot camps are helping women to get jobs and become financially independent. Faiza Yousuf, a product management expert and community leader, spoke about how she uses agile principles for improving gender inclusion at Agile 2021.

  • Collective Learnings about Remote Working during Covid-19

    The response to the pandemic showed how to make sure people are productive and included in a hybrid environment, and it's all due to the learnings we carried on from March 2020. Many organisations demonstrated how it’s possible to work in an inclusive and productive way even if people are distributed around the world.

  • Engineering Your Organization through Services, Platforms, and Communities

    Organizations need to be able to sustainably deliver value to their customers and business; that is why they exist, said Randy Shoup at QCon Plus May 2021. To do so, they need to be able to effectively and efficiently leverage the “resources” they have at their disposal- their people, teams, and technology.

  • Why the Most Resilient Companies Want More Incidents

    According to John Egan, the incident management process is meant to be a cycle of not just the response, but also the account of root cause and the updating of internal processes and practices across the industry. Lowering the barrier to reporting incidents, holding effective incident review meetings using blameless postmortems, and giving everyone access to postmortems is what he advises.

  • Developing Testing Skills outside of Working Hours

    Gamifying your way of testing, joining online testing communities of practice, and virtual traveling; these are examples of activities you can do outside of working hours that can make you a better tester. You can practice continuous learning with other testers in the world, and then implement things you learned at your workplace and share them with your team to improve ways of testing.

  • Experiences from a Testing Tour of Pairing and Learning

    Being a solo tester on a team, Parveen Khan decided to do a testing tour where she paired remotely with testers and developers to explore topics. It became a testing journey of learning where she explored testing topics like performance testing, AI and ML, observability, and Sketchnoting. In doing these sessions she also experienced how pairing and sharing can help to develop oneself.

  • The Benefits of Nostalgia: Q&A with Linda Rising

    Remembering the past can bring about benefits; nostalgic reflection can make us more optimistic. Looking back leads us to feel there is meaning and purpose in our lives which enables us to better navigate the future and help us move forward.

  • Involving Engineers in Incident Management: QCon London Q&A

    Learning from past incidents can increase engineers' confidence in handling live incidents and convincing them to join the on-call team. Samuel Parkinson spoke about how we can benefit from past incidents and encourage engineers to get involved in incident management at Qcon London 2020.

  • Quality and Culture: Learnings from Other Disciplines and Industries

    We can gain by learning about other industries such as aviation and healthcare, and studying other disciplines, argued Conor Fitzgerald, software tester at Poppulo, at RebelCon.io 2019. Aviation has a history of continually learning from its mistakes, whereas in healthcare, culture and bias seem to challenge learning and continuous improvement.

  • Scratch 3 Released with Tablet Support and New Extension System

    MIT released the latest version of their visual programming language Scratch on January 2. Scratch 3 brings changes to the look and feel of the Scratch layout, new paint and editing tools, new code blocks, and a new extensions system. Scratch 3 is available in both online and offline versions and can now be run on tablets.

  • The Importance of Feedback for Skill Development and Careers

    Feedback and continuous learning are crucial for personal and professional development. Non-technical skills like creative problem solving, critical thinking, and an entrepreneurial mindset are important to make progress in your career. You have to own your career direction and know what you ultimately want to be in order to decide on the next steps.

  • A Brief History of High-Performing Teams by Jessica Kerr

    If you're looking for an early example of a high-performing, agile team, then study the Florentine Camerata, a group formed in Florence, Italy, around 1580 that reformed their contemporary music with the creation of opera. The lessons of the camerata, and similar teams throughout history, were the subject of Jessica Kerr's keynote presentation at Explore DDD 2018.

  • Atlassian Announces Solutions for Incident Management

    Atlassian announced on September 4 that they have launched a new product called Jira Ops and that they will acquire OpsGenie. Organizations can use Jira Ops for resolving incidents and doing post-mortems to learn from them. OpsGenie adds prompt and reliable alerting to Jira Ops.

  • Author, Teacher, and Consultant Jerry Weinberg Passed Away

    Gerald M. “Jerry” Weinberg, author, teacher, and consultant, passed away August 7, 2018, at the age of 84. Weinberg published about 100 books on computer programming, systems thinking, leadership, change, consulting, and writing.

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