Leading the Next Generation of Software Testing
It has been said “Everything rises and falls on leadership”. The world has experienced many changes over the last few decades, and organizations must respond to this constant change at much greater speed than ever before.
Many companies are eliminating the role of the test manager and creating flat organizations that are equally focused on combining the roles of development and testing into one hybrid function. Being a leader does not require someone to have the title of manager. You can lead from all levels within the organization.
In addition to hierarchy changes, we are seeing an increase in senior leadership with little or no experience in testing. This requires testers to educate, inform, and ‘manage up’ to support the senior leadership and to build successful strategies.
Being a successful tester today requires an understanding of the multiple channels within the organization. Everyone within the team must learn how to clearly communicate the value of testing and its importance to the delivery of a successful product. Collaboration with all teams external to testing becomes critical.
Mike Lyles will lead a discussion on leadership at all levels within testing organizations. Attendees will be called on to give their experiences, to discuss and debate the problems (as well as propose solutions) that we face today. Come prepared to give your insights as well as learn something new!
Outline/structure of the Session
Part 1: Current State Assessment
- Review the challenges, obstacles, and issues that organizations face today
- Discuss things that are working for some organizations and not for others
- Review issues and observations reported by leaders in the testing community
- Determine suggestions on approaches to solve common problems faced by testing teams
Part 2: Future State Projection
- Discuss the future of testing organizations – as determined by class inputs
- Evaluate the various approaches that many organizations are taking today
- Review new ways of defining, driving, and reporting on the testing practice to grow and improve
- Suggestions for how testers can lead upward, sideways, and down through the organization
- Document and share results with the audience – to take back and immediately use in their organizations
The goal is to :
- Give experienced leaders new ideas/inputs from both experienced and new leaders
- Give new leaders inputs and lessons learned from experienced leaders
- Learn from the exercises in the tutorial & take these experiences back to their organization to use immediately
Both the experienced leaders as well as those wishing to become a leader in their organization
Experienced leaders should come to the tutorial with a few notes on experiences they have had (good, bad, lessons learned) as leaders.
Those wishing to become new (or better) leaders in their organization should come with thoughts and notes on what they see as a good leader, who were their favorite and greatest leaders in their career.
The tutorial will be highly interactive with inputs from the audience as well as exercises for them to conduct.