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Wednesday, August 28 • 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Quality Leader: the changing role of a software tester [EXTENDED]

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4 years ago my company reorganized into product units, and my QA manager position became obsolete. The new reality was not comfortable at first, until, some time and practice later I recognized that my test manager/strategist skills are equally important and applicable to the new role of a tester on the multidisciplinary team. That synthesis emerged into a new role of a "peer leader" which I later identified as a new trend -- through conversations with coaches and thought leaders of our industry. Quality Leader skills are in demand now, and, as I foresee, will be in even higher demand in the future.

I firmly believe that an advancement of the testing profession is calling for leaders, fully versed in testing strategies, equipped with the knowledge of psychology and team dynamics, who know how to utilize all available resources to optimize product delivery.  Quality Leaders are motivators and educators who can transform every team member into the quality advocate.

No matter which position you hold now, if you are a member of a team that delivers software products, you will need to advance yourself in order to advance the team to the next level of productivity. To be successful in this endeavor, you have to evaluate your current position and what sets you aside, make an analysis on what the team needs and in what ways you can add most value. We will discuss what's unique about the role that makes it an ideal fit for the context-driven test professional, and what skills are needed to succeed.

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Anna Royzman

President, A Quality Leadership Institute, Inc.
Anna Royzman is the founder of A Quality Leadership Institute, the non-profit organization, whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs. A Quality Leadership Institute is developing and supporting such programs as Test Masters Academy, provider of high demanded education in software testing and quality, and Test Management Practices Research by Prof. Robert Sabourin and students of McGill University, and Software Testing and Quality Educator program... Read More →

Wednesday August 28, 2013 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

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