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Tuesday, August 27 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
How to find good testers in the rust belt

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This is an experience report from a test manager discussions the hiring of testers over the past eight years in a tertiary market with details on what has and has not worked for me (so you can get ideas that might work for you).  If you don't happen to work in one of the top 10 tech markets and you still need to hire testers, this session is for you.


This session will offer the following key takeaways:

  • Why there aren't enough testers out there (who know they are testers).

  • The pros and cons of different backgrounds (yes, including CS majors) and why each made good candidates for me.

  • Why hiring based on abilities and mindset over credentials and degrees can lead to good candidates in the door, why this likely means "losing" more people to other departments, and why it's OK to stop being so greedy.

  • Ways to change your “getting applications in” process or "How to keep HR from throwing out all the good candidates".

  • Why you need to get out and hunt down candidates instead of hoping they find you.

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Erik Davis

Manager of Testing, Hyland Software, Inc.
Erik is currently responsible for the overall testing effort of a team of 170 testers. He owns, reviews, and finds ways to improve the way testing is done including; bringing new ideas to the team, finding ways to engage testers in testing as a career, and building a stronger community... Read More →

Tuesday August 27, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

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