Leading the Next Generation of Software Testing
**** NOTE TO REVIEWERS: Proposing this as a 90 min workshop - but can do as a full day or half day if you wish ****
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 in agile teams and creating flat organizations which combine the roles of dev and test into a hybrid function. Leadership is title agnostic. You can lead from all levels within the organization.
Regardless of the hierarchy, testing is called on to lead success within the project teams. This requires the ability to educate, inform, and support the project team, the executive team, and the stakeholders.
In agile contexts, the tester much be equipped with the ability to clearly communicate the value of testing and the results of the evaluations conducted for each product delivery. Collaboration with all teams becomes critical.
This presentation will focus on exercises which map to all levels within the testing team. Experienced leaders will be called on to give their experiences and share their approaches to success. New leaders will be called on to share their inputs, suggestions, and experiences as well.
Outline/Structure of the Workshop
Part 1: Current State Assessment
- Review challenges, obstacles, and issues faced today
- Discuss what’s working for some not for others
- Review issues and observations in the testing community
- Determine suggestions / approaches to solve common problems
Part 2: Future State Projection
- Future of testing organizations
- Evaluate approaches taken today
- Review new ways of defining, driving, reporting to grow your testing practice
- How testers can lead up, sideways, and down through the organization
- Notes that you can take back and immediately use
Takeaways for this presentation:
- Roleplay project examples – with each team comprised of experienced and new leaders mixed
- Exercises which focus on how to handle communication gaps with other project members
- Exercises which share how to report testing progress and success to executives and stakeholders
- Review of tools which attendees have used to successfully support their projects
- Define and document approaches that have worked and not worked for attendees
Leaders in testing (or those that WANT to be)
Prerequisites for Attendees
None - but a good understanding of test leadership and practices will help. Hoping for experienced test leaders as well as new test leaders to attend and share stories