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MF What’s Your Leadership IQ? NEW
Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 8:30am

Have you ever needed a way to measure your leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them, Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that.

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TK Seven Keys to Navigating Your Agile Testing Transition SOLD OUT
Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
Mary Thorn, ChannelAdvisor
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 8:30am

So you’ve “gone agile” and have been relatively successful for a year or so. But how do you know how well you’re really doing? And how do you continuously improve your practices? When things get rocky, how do you handle the challenges without reverting to old habits? You realize that the path to high-performance agile testing isn’t easy or quick. It also helps to have a guide. So consider this workshop your guide to ongoing, improved, and sustained high-performance. Join Bob Galen and Mary Thorn as they share lessons from their most successful agile testing transitions.

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TO The Dirty Little Secret of Business NEW
Andy Kaufman, Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development, Inc.
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 1:00pm

Regardless of your role in the software lifecycle, challenges and roadblocks will stand in your way. How can you deal with difficult people who are obstacles to your ability to deliver? How can you influence someone to act on your priorities even when you don’t have organizational authority? How can you find time to network when you’re overwhelmed with day-to-day work? Andy Kaufman shares “The Dirty Little Secret of Business.” You won’t learn this secret in school, yet it is critical to your success. The secret is simple—it’s all about relationships.

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TQ Getting Your Message Across: Communications Skills for Testers NEW
Thomas McCoy, Australian Department of Social Services
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 1:00pm

Communication is at the heart of our profession. No matter how advanced our testing capabilities are, if we can’t convey our concerns in ways that connect with key members of the project team, our contribution is likely to be ignored. Because we act solely in an advisory capacity, rather than being in command, our power to exert influence is almost entirely based on our communication skills. With people deluged with emails and suffering information overload, it is more important than ever that we craft succinct and effective messages, using a range of communication modalities.

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TS Influence and Authority: Use Your Personal Power to Get Things Done NEW
Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 1:00pm

How often have you been in a situation where you could see the solution and yet did not have the authority to make a change? You tried persuasion; you tried selling your ideas; you might have even tried friendly manipulation to get your way. And nothing worked. Here’s a new plan. We can learn to develop and use personal power and influence to effect positive changes in our companies.

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K1 Principles Before Practices: Transform Your Testing by Understanding Key Concepts
Randy Rice, Rice Consulting Services, Inc.
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 8:30am

It’s one thing to be exposed to new techniques from conferences and training courses, but it’s quite another thing to apply them in real life. A major reason is that people tend to focus on learning the technique without first grasping the underlying principles. Basic testing principles, such as the pesticide paradox of software defects and defect clustering, have been known for many years. Other principles, such as “Test automation is not automatic” and “Not every software failure is a defect,” are learned by experience.

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K2 Testing in the Age of Distraction: Flow, Focus, and Defocus in Testing
Zeger Van Hese, Z-sharp
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 10:00am

We live in interesting times. Knowledge is available at our fingertips, no matter where we are. Social networks enable communication around the world. However, along with these marvels of the information age come weapons of mass distraction. With so many things competing for our attention—and so little time to focus on real work—it’s a wonder we get anything done at all. What does this mean for testers? A common belief is that only focused concentration leads to productive work—and conversely, that distraction causes procrastination and stifles creativity.

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