People & Teams

Conference Presentations

You Don't Have All the Answers: So Stop Giving Advice and Start Asking Questions
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Many of us are raised to recognize the value of experts. When we work in a technical arena, seeing our own value as experts is re-enforced. We often are rewarded or promoted based on our knowledge. Our tendency is to want to solve problems by giving our colleagues, teams, and mentees sound...

Judith Mills, Judith Mills LLC
Passion: What Software Teams and Executives Can Learn from Eco-Pirates
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On the Animal Planet TV series Whale Wars, a fleet of boats off the coast of Japan ambush migrating dolphins at sea and drive them into a cove, where they’re captured for the theme park industry or killed for food. Their story is featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove. Having...

Michael Mah, QSM Associates, Inc.
Impersonal Leadership Is Dead: Be Courageous and Connect
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Your people make your company worth working for and can propel it to greatness. Do you know the people you work with—their learning styles, what makes them extraordinary, their real motivation? The answers are critical to everyone’s success, making the difference between an alliance of...

Christopher Logan, RoZetta Technology
The Show Must Go On: Leadership Lessons from the Theater
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When creating a play or movie, what are the first three rules of directing? Casting, casting, and casting. How does Saturday Night Live produce sketch after sketch of comedy? By iterating. John Krewson finds that the principles of leadership and management in the worlds of theatre, TV, and...

John Krewson, MasterCard Worldwide
Test Automation Strategies and Frameworks: What Should Your Team Do?
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Agile practices have done a magnificent job of speeding up the software development process. Unfortunately, simply applying agile practices to testing isn't enough to keep testers at the same pace. Test automation is necessary to support agile delivery. Max Saperstone explores popular test...

Gene Gotimer, Coveros, Inc.
Inside the Mind of the 21st Century Customer
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Testers frequently say that they are the voice of the customer or the customer advocate for their organization’s products. In some situations this can be a helpful mindset, but no matter how hard he tries, a software tester is not the customer. In fact, there is no one better suited to...

Alan Page, Microsoft
Leadership for Test Managers and Testers
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Many organizations spend a great deal of time and effort acquiring and learning to use the latest techniques and technology, but they make little or no attempt to train or mentor their staff to be better leaders. While it is true that technology is important, test teams without able...

Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
Building Agile Teams in a Global Environment
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Many organizations use teams spread worldwide to develop valuable business applications. These organizations expect the teams to work as one harmonious unit without missing a beat—or should we say, a story point. A few organizations do it well; many not so well. Betsy Kauffman and Oscar...

Betsy Kauffman, Agile Pi and Oscar Rodriquez, Agile Pi
Overcome DevOps Adoption Barriers to Accelerate Software Delivery
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Many organizations want to create systems delivered in a DevOps framework with diverse services implemented via API building blocks. Chris Haddad says that people, processes, and tools often hinder a team's ability to comply with security policies, streamline collaboration, and rapidly...

Chris Haddad, WSO2
Software Managers: Their Place in Agile
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No more managers! No more hierarchy! A truly self organizing, self-running team! These phrases strike fear into managers almost as much as: We are moving to agile. As successful companies like Zappos, GitHub, and Treehouse discard managers from their teams, other software...

Brian Sobus, Teradata

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