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Career Paths for Testers

Abstract: Within the engineering environment at Dealertrack, testers have two main pathways they can pursue: non-technical or technical. The information presented in this post is written with our context in mind, but other companies in the larger Cox Automotive family may also share similar frameworks in structuring their testing community.

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Spreading the News 2: Agile to Agilers

In August of 2013, Dealer.com began its all-in transformation to agile from partial waterfall, partial ScrumBut. In Part 1 of the story, we discussed the initial presentations made to project management groups more inclined toward traditional waterfall methodologies.  In Part 2, we look at our interactions with the agile/Scrum community in Southern California.

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Managers, Check Your Ego at the (Shared) Office Door

Our Engineering leadership team here at Dealertrack has, what I would conservatively call, a healthy ego. We believe in what we are doing, and we believe we do it well (nevermind that there’s someone out there thinking otherwise). I define our leadership team as everyone from the chief technology officer, vice president, senior directors, directors, …

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Ready for DjangoCon: Why Dealertrack chose Python and Django

Engineers from Dealertrack will join their fellow Django devotees in a 200-strong community as it converges for DjangoCon, which is now in its seventh year.  The largest single gathering of Django devleopers will gather in Austin, TX this year, starting on Sept. 6.  In preparation for our participation – Dealertrack is a proud Gold Sponsor of …

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Data science at Dealer.com: a case study with sentiment analysis of automotive brands

The Product Analytics Team at Dealertrack consists of web analysts and data scientists1 who address the business needs of the products division. We use a range of business intelligence, data visualization, and statistical tools to provide insight for product development and performance. Recently, we’ve been increasing our use of the open-source R-language for statistical computing …

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