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Practical Agile Test Leadership

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Teams struggle for many reasons, leaving people frustrated, complacent, and content to exist in mediocrity. There is a secret that propels individuals, teams, and entire organizations to be really successful: leadership! Not just executives, managers, or those with leader titles get to lead - everyone does. Even testers.

This presentation examines three specific leadership behaviours that make a big impact in any team, by any team member. You explore what these behaviours look like within specific quality objectives to understand how testers can be remarkable leaders. By embracing your inner leader, you will learn how to engage your team and improve quality in your organization. You leave with clarity and actions to shift yourself and your team to lead from within, and become truly remarkable.

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Practical Agile Test Leadership

  1. 1. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Practical Agile Test Leadership DelesieSolutions.com @SelenaDelesie #Leadership #AgileTD Selena Delesie
  2. 2. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Selena Delesie Leadership & Innovation Coach @SelenaDelesie
  3. 3. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Leadership @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  4. 4. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Personal Leadership Victims recite problems. Leaders present solutions. ~ Robin Sharma In what areas are you avoiding responsibility? Are you driven by fear or courage? How are you evolving and mastering yourself? In what ways do you innovate? “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  5. 5. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Class Courage Commitment Curiosity & Clarity Connection Communication Creativity Key Leadership Traits @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  6. 6. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Creativity Curiosity Courage Key Leadership Traits
  7. 7. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Courage “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”   ~ Neale Donald Walsch What it Means: ✴ Challenges Status Quo ✴ Confident ✴ Willing to Take Risks ✴ Speaks Up ✴ Tries Something New ✴ Moves Through Fear ✴ Mistakes/Failures are Opportunities to Improve
  8. 8. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Curiosity “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”   ~ Albert Einstein What it Means: ✴ Investigative ✴ Excited to Discover ✴ Interested and Engaged ✴ Asks Questions to Understand ✴ Love of Learning ✴ Balks at Status Quo
  9. 9. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Creativity “Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.” ~ C. W. Ceran What it Means: ✴ Out-of-the-Box ✴ Experimenting ✴ Exploring ✴ New & Inspired Ideas ✴ Imagination ✴ Open Minded ✴ Disruptive & Outrageous ✴ Simplicity, not Complexity “The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”   ~ Albert Einstein
  10. 10. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Agile Leadership @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  11. 11. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Why We Struggle With Agile Process vs People Plan vs Change Roles vs Collaboration Get Told vs Discover Do Things Right vs Do The Right Thing @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  12. 12. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  13. 13. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Lacklustre to Purposeful Why Why is this important? Why am I here? Why are we doing this? What What is the purpose? What is the benefit? What do we want to accomplish? Present Where are we now? What results do we experience? What are people doing? How are people behaving and feeling? • Future Where do we want to go? What results will we experience? What are people doing? What will you see, hear, and feel? What does success look like?
  14. 14. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Agile Practice: Standups @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Get on the same page Opportunities to collaborate Continuous course adjustments Personal & team responsibility Understanding Empathy Transparency Express concerns Prioritize & Tackle Challenges Why is This Important? What is the Benefit? What Do We Want To Accomplish?
  15. 15. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Leadership in Standups Trait is Absent Trait is Present Creativity No new ideas, “That’s how we’ve always done it” Offering Options, Sharing new technology & ideas, Issues resolved quickly Curiousity No questions, “The requirements said…”, Waiting to be told Asking questions, Open questions - not judgemental and closed Courage Very quiet, Issues raised late, “It takes time”, Fearful of sharing Raise risks early, Admitting delays, Offering solutions, Willing to share @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  16. 16. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Agile Practice: Retrospectives @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Team building Identify & prioritize improvements Take ownership to improve See the bigger picture Massive radical change Incremental change Why is This Important? What is the Benefit? What Do We Want To Accomplish?
  17. 17. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Leadership in Retrospectives Trait is Absent Trait is Present Creativity Lack of improvement, Complacent with how things are, No suggestions Team improves sprint-to-sprint, New ways to tackle old problems, Sharing ideas Curiousity Not receptive to ideas & changes, Uncertain action plans, Unwilling to learn & discover Asking questions to understand each other, “How can we do better?”, “How else can we tackle this?” Courage Not speaking up, Guarded comments, Few challenges raised, Aversion to taking risks, Analysis paralysis Raising challenges, Sharing opinion and ideas, Challenging and questioning - respectfully @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  18. 18. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Agile Practice: Story Mapping @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD Organize & Categorize Clarify Sequence Work Prioritization Help Make Decisions Who, How Much, What? Common Understanding Cross-Company Co-ordination Why is This Important? What is the Benefit? What Do We Want To Accomplish?
  19. 19. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Leadership in Story Mapping Trait is Absent Trait is Present Creativity No Story Splitting, Lack of Ideas for How to Do Things Better Radical Improvements, Trying New Ways to Organize & Plan Projects Curiousity Group Think, Complacent, Unwilling to Consider Options, Constrained by What You Know Asking Why/What/…, Improving Ideas, Think Outside Toolbox, Constrained by What You Can Learn Courage Group Think, No Leadership, Unwilling to Split Stories, Lack of Decisions, Lack Participation Decision Making, Exploring Alternatives & Options, Dynamic Changes @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  20. 20. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Closing What was most impactful for you today? What will you take back to work to be a better leader? @SelenaDelesie, #Leadership, #AgileTD
  21. 21. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License View a copy of this license. © Selena Delesie, 2017 Thank You selena@delesiesolutions.com @SelenaDelesie #Leadership #AgileTD Selena Delesie

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