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What makesyoua greattestleader


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We’ve heard that leaders eat last or that they ask why. We’ve heard that leadership is doing the right things or influencing others. We’ve heard that leaders have the vision and take people where they want to go. Leadership might be all of those things. Does that describe you as a test leader?

Great test leaders lead from their personal mission. They adapt to their context. They can solve problems, not alone, but with others. They develop other people, so they can create an organization that has more capacity than it did before.

Join Johanna Rothman to learn how you might discover your personal mission. Learn how can you increase your adaptability, a hallmark of a great leader. Consider how you might solve problems across the organization, helping other people develop their skills for their benefit and the organization.

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What makesyoua greattestleader

  1. 1. What MakesYou A GreatTest Leader? Johanna Rothman @johannarothman 781-641-4046
  2. 2. © 2015 Johanna Rothman What Do Leaders Do? Traditional view: Guide, champion,“lead” Create an environment in which people can succeed Champion a cause 2
  3. 3. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Leaders change something about the status quo. 3
  4. 4. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Adaptable leaders create effective change when the situation changes. 4
  5. 5. © 2015 Johanna Rothman StartWithWhy What do you desire for fulfilling work? Purpose (why) Autonomy (how) Mastery (how and what) 5
  6. 6. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Adam Leipzig’s Format for Defining Your Purpose Who are you? What do you do? What do you love to do? What is the one thing you feel supremely qualified to teach other people? Who do you do it for? What do those people want or need? How do they change or transform as a result of what you give them? 6
  7. 7. © 2015 Johanna Rothman What’sYour Purpose/Why? Why do you work? What drives you? What is your personal mission? (Shout it out) 7
  8. 8. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Some Missions I’ve Heard Care and feeding of my team Find Big Bad Bugs before customers do Improve the product Improve collaboration Stay ahead of the customers Provide information about the product under test … 8
  9. 9. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Personal Mission and Corporate Mission Do they match? If not, you have a problem 9
  10. 10. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Mindsets Lead to Expectations Do the people involved in the change have a mindset of learning? Do they practice the “art of the possible? 10
  11. 11. © 2015 Johanna Rothman11 Carol Dweck, Mindset
  12. 12. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Everyone Lives Up or Down to Expectations Expectations shape us Everyone on your team has potential—of some sort It’s all about mindset 12
  13. 13. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Change is good. You first. 13
  14. 14. © 2015 Johanna Rothman How CanYou ChangeYourself? What do you need to know? Why? Solve that problem 14
  15. 15. © 2015 Johanna Rothman What Senior Management Cares About When Product Development can release the product Customer acquisition and retention Customer experience with the product It doesn’t matter if you are called IT or anything else 15
  16. 16. © 2015 Johanna Rothman How CanYou Provide Management WhatThey Need? Metrics Information Early warning signs Process, project management, test management is a vehicle for providing this 16
  17. 17. © 2015 Johanna Rothman You Become Adaptable See your reality Adapt to it: solve problems You need feedback cycles 17
  18. 18. © 2015 Johanna Rothman How DoYou Solve Problems? 18 From
  19. 19. © 2015 Johanna Rothman HowYou Can Lead Change Start with yourself… See the environment/system: What needs to change? Work with others to effect change Learn from results Do it again 19
  20. 20. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Become a Change Artist Start with the smallest possible change Decide what to keep Then decide what to change 20
  21. 21. © 2015 Johanna Rothman What Change Artists Do Invite people to change Experiment Listen to everyone Don’t label people Start with the smallest possible change 21
  22. 22. © 2015 Johanna Rothman People don’t resist change; They resist being changed. — Peter Senge 22
  23. 23. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Solve Problems Collaboratively It’s easy to think you have all the answers You are much more likely to succeed with a change if it’s small and you create allies 23
  24. 24. © 2015 Johanna Rothman DevelopYour Capacity Capacity is throughput Do you know the capacity of your team? No more experts 24
  25. 25. © 2015 Johanna Rothman WhatWould Happen If… Questions help people imagine change and a new reality 25
  26. 26. © 2015 Johanna Rothman BuildYour (Test) Culture Culture is (Schein): What you can discuss What you reward How people treat each other What kind of a test culture do you have? 26
  27. 27. © 2015 Johanna Rothman27
  28. 28. © 2015 Johanna Rothman IsYourTest Culture CongruentWith Your Organizational Culture? What do you reward? Compensation for dev vs. test How do you treat people? A story from an assessment What can you discuss? Can you gather data for improvement and report on it? 28
  29. 29. © 2015 Johanna Rothman References and Resources My questions on Pragmatic Manager and other articles on 29
  30. 30. © 2015 Johanna Rothman As aTest Leader, What Can You Do? 30
  31. 31. © 2015 Johanna Rothman Let’s Stay inTouch Pragmatic Manager: Create an Adaptable Life, Please link with me on LinkedIn 31