Test Leadership Congress
June 28 2019, New York, USA
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Mike Talks has worked in the IT industry for 22 years. Rather than having two decades of proficiency in Windows 95. that time has been one of constant evolution and rediscovery, none more so than the last 6 years. But he's learned to not be afraid. As David Bowie, the master of reinvention himself said, turn and face the strange. Ch-ch-changes. He currently works in Wellington, New Zealand sliding between roles test managering, test coaching and shock-horror, actually testing.

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Mike Talks joined Datacom in 2013 as a test manager. His unit was in the final stages of a 15 month waterfall project. To help get the project over the line it was all about managing the tests, and telling a team of eight what to focus on next.

Today Mike leads the same team, but the landscape has transformed significantly. Instead of one team on one project, there are multiple agile projects in flight, some of which with only a single tester in place.

With this his focus on “managing the tests” to “supporting the team”.

Find about the change he’s found in his role as test leader.

01:00 Introduction

03:34 How the roles in the test team used to be

11:32 Test manager focus: helping people to grow

14:40 Test manager focus: regular catch-ups

17:00 Test manager focus: get the team together.

19:35 Only 5% of the time we use for self-development.

23:43 The rise of automation

25:33 How other testers can influence your work?

31:29 A good workshop challenging

33:28 About working on a "fake project"

35:08 Some building tools you can use

39:39 Your role is to coach people to make a thought out decisions.

40:53 The future of leadership in testing.

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Thank you very much. 00:02 I'm pleased it took a while to get you to shut up. 00:07 You should laugh at that point. 00:12 I've just been agile testing days. 00:17 Which has been an interesting conference and often there's this great program at conferences? 00:20 But the thing that you often come away with more than the great workshops in the great talks is the one on one conversations. 00:26 On testing and all these things will be talking to each other. 00:34 I kind of assume 'cause. 00:37

I don't have super hearing it was about work-related stuff, 00:39 especially's Game of Thrones series season is over. 00:43 I think I think exciting happened last night? 00:47 What was the baseball games around a thing, 00:49 so it probably was work-related and. 00:52 Sharing your problems. 00:54 I'm excited to be here. 00:57 It's my first time in America and I went let's go for 2 test conferences. 00:59 Uh it has been a bit of an adventure coming here, 01:04 we're plane landed Indiana. 01:08

And then airports. 01:12 An Apple in New York and they came over the intercom and so we're having problem with the jet bridge, 01:12 were having problems with. 01:19 It's brand new IT should work but it's not working. 01:19 And then I left the Edison Hotel, 01:25 which is close that's where we're staying but don't stop me, please. 01:27 And I got to Broadway, 01:32 and I was holding my Phone. 01:33 And entering the map just span around and around and around. 01:35

I is it built on some kind of I don't know cursed rock or something walking up and down up and down and saying please. 01:41 Phone me and he says. 01:49 I'm phoning you it's going to voicemail. 01:50 And I'm like I don't know I restarted my Phone. 01:54 I toggled the airplane mode. 01:57 It looks like I'm going to have a very interesting and very last time in New York. 01:59

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