I attended a conference held in Boston this past week, and was fascinated by a speech given by Arianna Huffington. She’s not a software tester, but you can’t deny her qualifications in project management when she has amassed one of the most popular media outlets in the world. Her speech really resonated with me, particularly her points emphasizing that most project teams need to rethink their workflows and culture. When meeting strict deadlines is the norm, it’s easy to fall victim to toxic work patterns in order to “get the job done,” but that doesn’t mean the project was completed effectively. Mrs. Huffington stated three points that should be taken into account: 1. Being in a hurry all the time leads to burnout. 2. Some projects CAN be completed by simply dropping them altogether. 3. Creativity flourishes only when we can shut out the rest of the world.