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Do you want to be a valuable test manager? One who is valuable to and valued by the organization? Test managers can be awesome champions and not victims. Learn how. ...

Do you want to be a valuable test manager? One who is valuable to and valued by the organization? Test managers can be awesome champions and not victims. Learn how.

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The audio is for the updated version of the Let's Test keynote in 2013.



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    • Becoming A Kick-AssTest ManagerJohanna RothmanNew: Hiring GeeksThat Fit@johannarothmanwww.jrothman.comjr@jrothman.com781-641-4046
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanAwesome Champions2
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanNoVictims Allowed!3
    • © 2013 Johanna Rothman4
    • © 2013 Johanna Rothman5People
    • © 2013 Johanna Rothman6Develop High-Value PeopleNo commodity-testers anywhere in the worldHigh-value peopleHire people who are smarter than you are
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanFeedback and Meta-FeedbackNot evaluation or praise; feedbackWhen you use a peer-to-peer feedback approach:Create an openingDescribe behavior or resultsState the impactMake a request7
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanCoaching and Meta-CoachingNot just teaching, offering options with supportYou create an environment in which everyone coacheseveryone else8
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanCareer DevelopmentWhere can people go?How do they know?How can you help them?Testers are generalists; helpthem move into otherpositions if they want toHow are your testers climbingthe career ladder?9
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanLead Hiring EffortRecognize when you needmore peopleInitiate the hiringJob analysisJob descriptionManage the phone screensManage the interviews andinteractions with HR10
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanHow DoYou Do AllThis PeopleStuff?One-on-OnesBiweekly is okay if youare agileMonthly is too far apart11
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanBusiness12
    • © 2013 Johanna Rothman13What is Important to the Business?Making moneySaving moneyTesting is aboutinformation, not aboutdefects
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanHolisticView of the Project or Program14
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanQuality Changes Over a Product’sLifetime15
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanOneWay to Improve Quality?16Partner with developers
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanLeadership17
    • © 2013 Johanna Rothman18Forget About Solo Experts!
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanForget About Multitasking!19
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanBuildTester & OrganizationalCapacityKnow your tester capacityHow many of you knowyour organizational velocitynow?Remove system obstaclesRecognize when a team isstuck20
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanCommunities of PracticeBuild functional skills across the organization21
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanProject Portfolio Changes OverTime22
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanOnly Staff the StrategicallyImportantWorkWhen you consciously donot staff the unimportantwork, you leadNot making those decisionscreates management debtAs well as chaos23
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanRemove Organization Obstacles24What are some of your organizational obstacles?
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanGrow PeopleGrow people organicallySome testers are developerswhose code doesn’t shipSome testers are not, butthese days, they had betteradd value in other waysWhat information are yourtesters providing?25
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanUnderstandWhat’s Important to theBusinessFacilitate release criteriathat fit your projectProvide information, notjust defect informationWhat do your dashboardssay?26
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanLeadNo multitaskingSpread the expertise-loveKnow your tester capacityand build upon itBuild communities ofpractice27
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanBe More Influential28
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanAwesome Champions29
    • © 2013 Johanna RothmanLet’s Stay inTouchTons more on (articles and blogs)Pragmatic Manager: link with me on LinkedIn@johannarothman30