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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The Path to Test Leadership: A Road Less Traveled

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Are you interested in growing into a test leadership position? Or do you shy away from leadership because you think you’ll lose your technical, hands-on testing skills? Regardless of your experience level, technical programming knowledge, and company organizational structure, following a test leadership path could be the difference between surviving or thriving as a testing professional. Join Tariq King as he debunks myths about test leadership, and provides a clear explanation of the different software testing leadership roles and positions. If you have ever wondered what it takes to become a test lead, test architect, test manager, or test director, find out as Tariq describes the competencies, scope, and skills associated with these positions. Discover which positions are suitable for you based on whether you want to lead people or technology—or both. Your journey along the road less traveled starts here as Tariq shares career development tips, tools, and training materials with aspiring test leaders.

Tariq King
Ultimate Software

Tariq King is the director of test engineering at Ultimate Software. With more than a decade of experience in software testing research and practice, Tariq provides technical leadership, people leadership, strategic direction, and staff training in software quality and test engineering. He has previously held positions of test manager, test architect, test lead, researcher, and college professor. Tariq is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, has published more than thirty research articles in IEEE and ACM sponsored journals, and has developed and taught software testing courses in both industry and academia. Contact Tariq via LinkedIn.