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Flipboard Magazine now available!


Feel free to give us a follow where new content will get shared on a regular basis.  If you have ever used Flipboard, you know how slick it is, and now we have our very own magazine where we can share content that we find interesting.

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Qubed Apples Podcast #2


Podcast #2 is out, and as an added bonus, is now available via iTunes!

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Cynefin, Testing & Auditing


Cynefin, Testing & Auditing

Attempting to shoehorn such an inflexible concept into Complicated and Complex environments isn’t just unhelpful. It is damaging.

I had never heard of Cynefin before, but it’s a great perspective, and I love that it accounts for chaotic and complex environments.  That is very rarely acknowledged, at least in regards to making a process work.  Most of the time, an ideal environment is used for whatever the process you are describing.

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5 Weird Habits of Happy Employees


5 Weird Habits of Happy Employees

Make a gratitude list by the water cooler

Those “gratitude” and “happiness” lists that sometimes do the rounds on Facebook might be annoying to some people, but psychologists say they do work. Employees who regularly recounted three positive events at work over a six-week period and shared them with colleagues made people happier than those who merely listed work tasks

Im not sure why this surprises me, but it absolutely does…I would have thought it would lead to the reverse, but hey, the psycho-folks say it works!

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Stop Writing Automation


Stop Writing Automation

I don’t think testers should write automation.

Very interesting perspective on automation…

A collection of great tweets from the last week


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Work/Life Balance and the Lies We Tell Ourselves


I recently read a couple of articles that taken on their own were good enough, but when read together, it really makes you take a step back and think about how we spend our time, both at work and at home.

First of all, read 7 Work-Life Balance Lies That Are Ruining Your Life from Time.  It will certainly give you a whole new perspective as to why we are distracted and feel like we can’t ever catch up.  Love seeing stuff like this…

While quitting your job might be extreme, there’s an almost limitless amount of advice on how to achieve work-life balance. Books, magazines, websites and podcasts overflow with it. But here’s the dirty little secret: A lot of it is crap. Try to follow it and, at best, you’re setting yourself up for even more stress and feeling bad about yourself when you can’t achieve the impossible; at worst, you could “balance” yourself right out of a job.

After reading that article, go check out How Everything We Tell Ourselves About How Busy We Are Is A Lie over at Fast Company.  It’s pretty amazing to see exactly what and how we spend our time, and what we think we spend our time on…

Americans actually have more leisure time, are less rushed, less stressed, and sleep much more than we think we do. According to sociologist John Robinson, or better known as “Father Time” to his colleagues, most people have around 40 hours of free time per week.