January 2021 Virtual QASIG: Discussions Testers Should No Longer Be Having with Mike Lyles

How many times have you heard statements like, “How did we miss this in test”, “This defect doesn’t happen on my machine”, “We do not need automation”, or “We are waiting on testing to give us the green light”?

Many years ago, Stephen Covey made the statement “Nothing Fails Like Success.” He spoke on how the things we do to be successful today may not be enough for success tomorrow. This powerful statement can be directly applied to how the changing landscape of IT is affecting the roles of our project teams. Processes, tools, and approaches that were once successful years ago may not be enough today, tomorrow, and beyond.

This concept relates heavily to the role of test teams today. Discussions we used to have years ago are no longer as relevant now. Waterfall teams have migrated to Agile & DevOps, and there is a need for strategic changes in how we operate within a project and how we communicate across teams.

In this presentation, we will discuss many of the well-known phrases, philosophies, and theories around testing of years past, and how that we must overcome the obstacles and be successful today. We will discuss how the dynamics within the teams must change, and most importantly, how you, as a tester, can influence across the organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • Evaluate successes in testing and project teams in the past that have become outdated
  • An understanding of the changes we face today within our SDLC processes
  • How to identify and address project teams that are stuck in the past
  • Tips and guidelines for how to best influence across the team and organization

About our speaker: Mike Lyles is a Director of QA and Project Management with over 25 years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, software configuration management, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization.

Mike has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring of IT & QA professionals.  Mike has been an international keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events, and is regularly published in testing publications and magazines. His first published motivational book, “The Drive-Thru is Not Always Faster”, was released in 2019.

You can learn more about Mike at www.MikeWLyles.com where you can also find his social media links and connect with him there also.  His book site is at www.TheDriveThruBook.com.

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