Diversity in your team – embrace it or lose the best thing you have!

Th7     Start Time : 11:00     End Time : 11:45

Many organization’s believe diversity prevents them from being effective and efficient, especially in specialist teams such as testing. It makes it difficult to manage because not everyone is the same. This session has been designed to challenge those organisations and help demonstrate that by embracing diversity it could make the team better! We will look at key components of a ‘jelled’ team and common distractors and communication channels within a team. Then, looking at the four types of tester, profiles such as Belbin, DISC and Myers-Briggs will be described in relation to testers. Equipped with this information, Julie shows how you can get your team to use their different individual talents/styles to your team’s advantage. Go back with the beginnings of a team’s toolbox to use so you can truly embrace the diversity in your team, understand your strengths and help the team be even better than they currently are.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand what makes a jelled team
  • Different communication styles and how they relate to testers
  • How to embrace the diverse personalities to get the best out of the test team
  • Speaker


    Julie Gardiner - Director, Hitachi Consulting, UK

    Julie has over 20+ years experience in the IT industry including time spent as an developer/DBA, Project/Programme Manager, test analyst, test team leader, test consultant and test manager. She is now Director of Consulting at Hitachi Consulting provided consultancy and training in all aspects of agile and testing, specialising in risk, agile testing, test management and people/transitioning issues. She is also a certified SCRUM master and agile coach.

    An enthusiastic and motivated presenter Julie is a regular speaker at agile/testing events and has won best presentations at STAREast, EuroSTAR, STARWest, ADPEast, STANZ, ANZTB, Innovative Test Management Conferences and Czech Test.