How do you take notes? Want to share it?

As some of you may know I’ve been doing some on and off research over the last five years on note taking. I’ve been interviewing people, gathering notes, observing people and studying about note taking. I’m bringing all of this together in an upcoming book. The book will be released next year via Lean Pub…



How to conduct a good phone interview

A phone interview is an excellent interview activity to include when you’re recruiting. I believe the phone interview is a really important step in the hiring process as it is an effective way for both parties (hiring manager and candidate) to speak to each other before a fully fledged face-to-face interview. The phone interview is…



A Hackathon for Testers – A Testathon

I’m a big fan of Hackathons and ShipIt days as a mechanism for learning, but also as an opportunity to bring people together to share ideas. That’s why I’m liking the look of this – a Testathon. The next ones at Spotify’s head office in Sweden. More details on their website.



Working with recruiters when hiring testers

It’s inevitable that at some point during your recruitment drive you will need to use a recruitment agency. Argh – don’t worry – they aren’t all bad, in fact a great many are invaluable for finding you the right candidates. Here’s some of my advice about working with recruitment agencies (note – it is just…



Recruiting for the right talent is time consuming

Recruiting for the right talent is time consuming. Trust me. I spend a huge portion of my day involved in recruitment activities but it’s well worth it for the end result. Good testers (and programmers/scrum masters etc) are really hard to find and increasingly hard to tempt to your workplace. They are in demand and…



Why testers really should learn to code

Testers need to learn to code *. Period. And here’s why. The market demands it and the supply is arriving. As a hiring manager I’ve personally seen a massive increase in the number of testers who can now code. They may not be able to write production grade feature code, or automated tests, but they…


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