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Perspective. Strengths. Software Testing.  Thoughts and notes designed to inspire and educate. 

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A curated library of links to useful information on Strengths, Leadership, Software Quality Assurance, and Soft Skills topics.

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The resources posted here include links to external/affiliate content that I have found useful in my career.  The core areas of focus are: Strengths, Leadership, Software Quality Assurance, and Soft Skills. Your suggestions for additions are welcome but please understand that I will not endorse anything I have not personally used. 

STRENGTHS

 

  • Gallup Strengths Exploration (videos) - Short 1-2 minute cameos on YouTube providing insight into the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder talent themes. View your talent themes and the themes of your co-workers, family, and friends to obtain greater understanding.

  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (book) - Learn about the research and the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder talent themes.  The book includes suggestions for developing strengths based on your talents.  (My Getting Started with Strengths package includes the assessment and access to the eBook version of this text for download.)

 

LEADERSHIP

 

  • Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono (book) - I've only lead a few meetings where I formally used the thinking hats to guide the discussion; however, the philosophies behind the hats infuses the way I lead.  A great read ... especially if you're seeking to build an innovative and inclusive environment.

  • Always Growing by Jones Loflin (book) - A quick read that uses a gardening analogy to break down important aspects of leadership.  You can also check out my blog post, Growing Software, inspired by this book.

SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE

 

  • The Mythical Man Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition by Frederick Brooks Jr. (book) - Written initially in 1975 and update in 1995, this text outlines many of the challenges of software engineering and testing.  You'll quickly see that the challenges described still exist today (40 years later)! Brooks offers insights into why this occurs and suggestions for next steps.

  • One of my favorite industry blogs is the EuroStar Software Testing Huddle. In this community individuals from all over the world share resources and perspectives on software testing.  

SOFT SKILLS

 

 

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey (book) - Learn how to take control of your life and improve your influence with the 7 habits. While all the habits are valuable, my favorite is #3 (Put First Things First) - when we prioritize the right things we enable our strengths, and the strengths of our teams, to focus on a challenge effectively.