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These are the slides I presented as a keynote at the Test Management Summit on 6th February 2013.

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  1. 1. @paul_gerrardLeadershipA personal viewPaul Gerrardpaul@gerrardconsulting.comgerrardconsulting.com
  2. 2. Theme• Leadership - what is it?• There may be trouble ahead• Will test leaders stand up?
  3. 3. “I must follow thepeople. Am I not their leader?” Benjamin Disraeli Politician’s view
  4. 4. “The first responsibility of a leader is to definereality. The last is to say thank you. In between,the leader is a servant” Max DePreeA businessman’s view (Jeeves leadership model?)
  5. 5. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way!”General George Patton A soldier’s view
  6. 6. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go.You lead by going to that place and making a case” Ken Kesey A radical author’s view
  7. 7. “You don’t need a title to be a leader” anon anyone can be a leader (volunteer)
  8. 8. “A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willingoccasionally to stand alone” Henry A. Kissinger slings and arrows
  9. 9. “The one quality that can be developed bystudious reflection and practice is the leadership of men”Dwight D Eisenhower Intelligence, imagination and consensus
  10. 10. “I start with the premise that the function ofleadership is to producemore leaders, not more followers” Ralph Nader now we’re getting there
  11. 11. “Don’t get so far ahead of people that they cannot follow” Me
  12. 12. Every now and then, stand still for a whileand let people catch up Because there’s trouble ahead (if you don’t want to collaborate)
  13. 13. Definition and AssuranceBringing Analysis and Testing Together with Business Stories
  14. 14. Redistributed testing Functional Build (+little testing) but Testing (lots of Requirements lots of rework checking + bugs) Trusted Requirements + BDD/Test-Driven Testing Stories Trusted SAVED Requirements + BDD/Test-Driven) Testing TIME Stories
  15. 15. The End of ManualFeature Checking? Let the tools do it all andfree the testers to do exploration
  16. 16. Spec by Example, BDD, ATDD etc etc Goal Risks Requirement Test Log Story/Feature Automated Scenarios Execution Examples Examples Manual Examples ExecutionScope of the Dictionary Intelligent Definition and Assurance Slide 19
  17. 17. Goal and risk network Intelligent Definition and Assurance Slide 20
  18. 18. Traceability achieved in-flight;Business Impact Analysis becomes possible Traceability is a by-product of this way of working, not a difficult afterthought
  19. 19. Traceability• We can report test coverage at all levels• We can also report coverage against any entry in the glossary (Ubiquitous Language)• We can also report coverage of processes, paths and process activities (elements) – Don’t forget – processes add the value, not software!
  20. 20. Business impact analysis becomesviable• We have traceability from goals, risks through requirements stories and tests• With continuous delivery, these artefacts are always in synchronisation• We can trust our analyses much more• Most projects that fail should never have been startedLean starts with choosing the right projectsin the first place.
  21. 21. Will Test Leaders Stand Up? We need to slaughter a few sacred cows
  22. 22. Developers write code; testers test because developers can’t No they don’t
  23. 23. Testing doesn’t just apply to existingsoftware, at the end We test systems, not software;We test early, we test often but it might not be called testing
  24. 24. Testing is aboutmeasuring achievement, not quality Align delivery with project goals and risks and you’ve got a seat on the board
  25. 25. Testers don’t own testing anymore Be a Testmaster
  26. 26. One final quotation…
  27. 27. “I have taken more good out of alcoholthan alcohol has taken out of me” Winston Churchill
  28. 28. @paul_gerrardLeadership – Thank-YouA personal viewPaul Gerrardpaul@gerrardconsulting.comgerrardconsulting.com
  29. 29. References1. 100 Best Quotes on Leadership, Forbes magazine http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2012/10/16/quotes-on-leadership/2. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_leadership.html
  30. 30. Thank-You Our Thinking: businessstorymethod.com Our Technology: businessstorymanager.com gerrardconsulting.com