Leading the Next Generation of Testers

Every parent, coach, counselor, manager, mentor, teacher, or advisor, has experienced the complexity of guiding others in the right direction. If you’ve been one or more of these, then you have likely felt the desire in your heart and your mind to be part of a positive change in someone else’s life. This becomes the core of your passion. The joy of knowing that you were part of helping someone else grow is usually more than you can imagine.

If you’ve been in IT for long – especially if you’ve been in software testing for long – then you have experienced the exponential growth in technology over the last few decades. You’ve seen the world move from large mainframe computers to desktops, to laptops, then to smartphones and mobile devices, and now wearables. Everywhere we turn there is a new software package that can “help you test better”. The strategies for software testing are changing. Yet, as with the roles listed in the introduction of this article, we must understand the core values and goals of our craft. And we must instill this knowledge to the next generation of testers that are joining the workforce every day.

As a test manager or leader in a testing team, it is your responsibility to give direction and guidance to the team, which will not only help them to be successful but create a successful outcome for your organization. In this session, we will take a deep dive into the world of today’s test manager. We will discuss the core concepts, which ensure success in the position. You will hear inputs and suggestions from interviews with industry leaders regarding what works and what may not work. Join us as we prepare for the next generation of testers.

Session Takeaways:

  • An approach to aligning your organization to a common goal for testing
  • Suggestions for training ,coaching, and collaboration with the testing community which will enable your team to be successful
  • Evaluating the importance of engagement with the customer
  • Discussing the importance of staying relevant in a fast growing technical world
  • Suggestions for building the skills of the “natural born testers”, but also coaching and mentoring others to love the art and science of testing.

Leadership Perspectives
Location: Ashland Date: October 7, 2015 Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Mike Lyles Mike Lyles