With the advent of new technologies, agile methodologies, innovative tools, and a global workforce, the tester’s role is rapidly changing. Those who can adapt to the changing environment get the best jobs and assignments, and others get left behind. As the discipline of testing evolves, test professionals have to make decisions that will determine their success and job satisfaction. Is it better to specialize or be a generalist? Are you a better fit for a small start-up or a large corporation? Do you have more opportunity for growth in management or by pursuing a technical career? What skills should you cultivate to meet your goals? Michael Cooper shares the lessons he learned in his own professional journey from manual tester to Chief Quality Officer and strategic adviser.