STARCANADA 2018 Keynote : Reinventing Test Leadership

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Reinventing Test Leadership

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In the age of agile and DevOps, many organizations are eliminating the role of test manager. Fiona Charles, a people- and project-focused leadership consultant, reviews what this means for testing and test leadership. Fiona shares her experience working with skilled test leads in adapting and inventing test methodologies and selecting techniques to fit evolving organizational frameworks, new technologies, and increasingly streamlined software delivery methods. Fiona has helped develop test coaches and mentors who inspire testers to grow their skills, and with her guidance, many agile test leads have learned to advocate high-quality, cost-effective testing commensurate with the software risks. Fiona explores what it means to be a test leader in 2018, as well as why our industry needs test leaders—even if it doesn’t think it wants them. Learn how to become an influential and inspirational leader, employing your skills and ideas to bring real value to organizations and software projects, and drive excellent testing throughout the software lifecycle.

Fiona Charles
Quality Intelligence

Fiona Charles is an independent consultant, specialising in the human side of software development and projects: teaching organizations to manage their software testing risk, and IT practitioners project skills “beyond process”—hands-on practical skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. She consults with clients on testing and test management, works as an Agile testing coach, and acts occasionally as a program-level test manager on difficult projects. She speaks and conducts workshops at international conferences and in-house for clients, has recorded many webinars, and published many articles in test-related publications. Fiona is co-founder (with Anne-Marie Charrett) of Speak Easy, a volunteer organisation designed to increase gender diversity at tech conferences and help new speakers find their voice. Contact Fiona via her website, and follow her on twitter @FionaCCharles.