Balancing Tech Know-How with Social Skills
Even today, communication breakdowns are a primary cause of software project failures. Marcia Buzzella’s research shows that increasing the success rate of projects across agile, DevOps, and waterfall methods requires a balance of social and technical capabilities. Social interactions enable us to assess situations and course correct in ways machines cannot. By strengthening your individual social capabilities (i.e., improving communication techniques and building supportive relationships), you can help transform how testing activities are perceived and help stakeholders understand how testing objectives align with overall project goals. Marcia offers guidance on assessing your current communication skills—what you do well and what needs to improve—and tactics for enhancing your skills and the skills of your team. She suggests recruiting processes that consider social capabilities and methods for getting the most from soft skill training sessions. Learn how positive social interactions among team members facilitate knowledge sharing, promote trust, and, perhaps most importantly, align expectations. Leave with new insights into the value of social skills and how those skills contribute to team and project success.