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Leading a testing team of individual people with different skills and mindsets is a challenging task. Modern leaders should support, help, guide, and coach the direct reports to grow their skill set to become a better tester. In this talk, Daniel will introduce the testing wheel to you and what it's all about.
The content of the testing wheel will help leaders to shape their testing team and to support, help, guide, and coach each person in the team on an individual level.
The testing wheel is an instrument to bring potential problems or missing skills to the top and is a basis for discussion. It will further help the direct report to grow their own skills set. On the other side it will help the leader to guide and coach the team member.
Join my talk to learn all about the testing wheel.


Key Takeaways

1. What is the testing wheel and how a leader and the direct reports can benefit from it.
2. How to configure the testing wheel for the individual needs.
3. How to use the results from the testing wheel to shape the testing team and how to guide and coach team members.

Leading a testing team of individual people with different skills and mindsets is a challenging task. Modern leaders should support, help, guide, and coach the direct reports to grow their skill set to become a better tester. In this talk, Daniel will introduce the testing wheel to you and what it's all about.
The content of the testing wheel will help leaders to shape their testing team and to support, help, guide, and coach each person in the team on an individual level.
The testing wheel is an instrument to bring potential problems or missing skills to the top and is a basis for discussion. It will further help the direct report to grow their own skills set. On the other side it will help the leader to guide and coach the team member.
Join my talk to learn all about the testing wheel.


Key Takeaways

1. What is the testing wheel and how a leader and the direct reports can benefit from it.
2. How to configure the testing wheel for the individual needs.
3. How to use the results from the testing wheel to shape the testing team and how to guide and coach team members.

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How To Grow Your Testing Team Members

  1. 1. How To Grow Your Testing Team Members By Daniel Knott @dnlkntt 📺 youtube.com/c/DanielKnott www.adventuresinqa.com
  2. 2. Hi, I’m Daniel Knott Head of Product Quality Engineering @MaibornWolff (Germany) MobileTester by ❤️ Author of the books: • Hands-On Mobile AppTesting (EN) • Mobile AppTesting (DE) • Smarwatch AppTesting (EN) 📺 youtube.com/c/DanielKnott @dnlkntt www.adventuresinqa.com
  3. 3. When was the last time you gave or received any career advice? @dnlkntt
  4. 4. @dnlkntt
  5. 5. @dnlkntt
  6. 6. @dnlkntt
  7. 7. @dnlkntt
  8. 8. The Testing Wheel @dnlkntt
  9. 9. The Testing Wheel • Kudos to Petra Wille • Derived the Testing Wheel from the PMWheel • Modified it to cover the testing aspects • Using it to lead & support testers https://www.strongproductpeople.com/book @dnlkntt
  10. 10. It has 8 categories 1. Understand the Project need 2. Testing Essentials 3. Test Automation 4. Get it Done 5. Listen & Learn 6. Testing Team 7. Personal Growth 8. Agile The Testing Wheel @dnlkntt
  11. 11. Understand the Project Need 🤔 • Are you, as project member, aware of the project needs? Do you understand your role within the project and team? • Do you know your tasks and goals? @dnlkntt
  12. 12. Testing Essentials 🌿 • Do you know the testing methods that are required in order to perform manual testing? • Exploratory Testing • Boundary Values • Decision Tables • … • Is the concept of whole team approach to agile testing clear? • Is the concept of the testing pyramid and agile testing quadrants clear? • Are you familiar with functional and non-functional testing approaches? @dnlkntt
  13. 13. Test Automation 🤔 • Are you able to setup test automation using e.g. Selenium, Appium or Cypress? • Are you able to write test automation code? • Are you familiar with page object pattern? • Have you done code reviews? @dnlkntt
  14. 14. Get it Done ✅ • You know when your work and testing activities are good enough to support the team in shipping new features for the client? • You know what to do in order to enable the team in adding more quality to the project? @dnlkntt
  15. 15. Listen & Learn 👂 🤔 • You are open for feedback about your work within the department as well as in the project? • You are open minded to improve your skills? • You are proactively looking for new learning opportunities? @dnlkntt
  16. 16. Testing Team 🤔🤔♀️ • You are supporting and engaging with the testing team/ department? • You are contributing to the overall department goals? • You are adding value/ contributing to the department meetings, e.g. monthly department meeting, Community of Practices? • You interact with your colleagues and share knowledge with the department and maybe with the whole company? @dnlkntt
  17. 17. Personal Growth 📈 • Are you investing time to your personal growth? • Are you using your yearly training budget to attend conferences or trainings? @dnlkntt
  18. 18. Agile 🤔🤔♀️ • Do you understand the agile values, principles and the way of working in an agile environment? • Do you feel comfortable with constant change? @dnlkntt
  19. 19. The Testing Wheel 3 7 1. Understand the Project need 2. Testing Essentials 3. Test Automation 4. Get it Done 5. Listen & Learn 6. Testing Team 7. Growth 8. Agile @dnlkntt
  20. 20. The Testing Wheel - Scale 0: I have no idea about this 3: I know about this topic, but I see room for improvement 7: Ask me anything about it. I know what I am doing 3 7 @dnlkntt
  21. 21. How to use it • Take 60 – 90 minutes for the introduction • Make clear that this is not used for any kind of performance review • It’s for personal growth and support • Fill it out independently • Map the wheels • Start the discussion about the results • Derive action items and next steps @dnlkntt
  22. 22. Example – Direct Report 3 7 1. Understand the Project need 2. Testing Essentials 3. Test Automation 4. Get it Done 5. Listen & Learn 6. Testing Team 7. Growth 8. Agile @dnlkntt
  23. 23. Example – Team Lead 3 7 1. Understand the Project need 2. Testing Essentials 3. Test Automation 4. Get it Done 5. Listen & Learn 6. Testing Team 7. Growth 8. Agile @dnlkntt
  24. 24. Example – Mapped Results 3 7 1. Understand the Project need 2. Testing Essentials 3. Test Automation 4. Get it Done 5. Listen & Learn 6. Testing Team 7. Growth 8. Agile @dnlkntt
  25. 25. Takeaways 🚀 The testing wheel helps to lead & coach testers 📈 Results should not be used for performance reviews 📝 Derive concrete growth action items 🔄 Repeat the exercise after some time ⚙️ Adapt the wheel to your needs https://adventuresinqa.com/2022/02/24/the-testing-wheel/ @dnlkntt
  26. 26. Thank You! @dnlkntt – www.adventuresinqa.com 📺 youtube.com/c/DanielKnott

Editor's Notes

  • https://unsplash.com/photos/-uHVRvDr7pg

    People are different.

    🕸 Individual colleagues in the team
    🥷🏼 Individual skill sets & levels
    🌿 Different needs
    😒 Potential conflicts
    📈 Personal growth of each colleague
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    Managing people is challenging adventure.
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    Because everyone in the team has a different direction, needs

    And you as there leader need to give guidance, options and possible directions
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    You need to grow in order to remain relevant for your company, for your job and to find joy in what you do.
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  • Kudos to Petra Wille for creating the PMWheel to grow product managers. After reading here blog posts about this in 2020
    https://www.produktbezogen.de/als-produktmanager-weiterentwickeln-pmwheel/

    I instantly changed the PMWheel into something for testers


    The content of the testing wheel will help team leaders to shape their testing team and to support, help, guide and coach each person in the team on an individual level.

    The testing wheel is an instrument to bring potential problems or missing skills to the top and is a basis for discussion. It will further help the direct report to grow their own skills set. On the other side it will help the leader to guide and coach the team member.
  • What is the testing wheel?


    The testing wheel could be used to develop & coach testers in our department. It will help you as manager as well as the employee to identify potential fields of improvements and learning paths to become a better tester. It works like a compass for both sides, the manager and the direct report. It will help both sides to better understand the current working situation of the tester, the role and the responsibilities. It will further help to identify the next growth target for the tester.


    I recommend that the wheel should be filled out in the first place by the manager and the employee separately. Once both have filled out the wheel, the wheels can be merged to see where the manager sees the employee and where the employee sees him- or herself. Based on the results some action items can be defined together to improve areas if needed.
    Note: The testing wheel should use as basis for discussion to identify fields of improvements. It should not be used to judge the employee or to rank them in any kind of way. It’s an instrument, when used with confidence, to help the colleague to grow.
  • I recommend that the wheel should be filled out in the first place by the manager and the employee separately. Once both have filled out the wheel, the wheels can be merged to see where the manager sees the employee and where the employee sees him- or herself. Based on the results some action items can be defined together to improve areas if needed.
  • I recommend that the wheel should be filled out in the first place by the manager and the employee separately. Once both have filled out the wheel, the wheels can be merged to see where the manager sees the employee and where the employee sees him- or herself. Based on the results some action items can be defined together to improve areas if needed.
  • I recommend that the wheel should be filled out in the first place by the manager and the employee separately. Once both have filled out the wheel, the wheels can be merged to see where the manager sees the employee and where the employee sees him- or herself. Based on the results some action items can be defined together to improve areas if needed.
  • Start the discussion about the sections where the results diverge

    In this case
    Test Automation
    Get it done
    Testing Team
    Agile

    Listen to both sides, why the person think the bullet goes here and not somewhere else. The direct report can ask for concrete feedback on the points and things that s/he can improve

    Derive concrete action items out of it for personal growth. Being it a training, coaching or anything else

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