Why I Lost My Job As a Test Manager and What I Learnt As a Result

W7     Start Time : 11:00     End Time : 11:45

My career followed the typical path of someone in testing. Tester, Test Lead, Test Manager, Senior Test Manager. It started in 1999, back when we lived in a world of scripted tests and large, separate, test teams who designed and ran the tests. A world of silo’s and walls, a world where communication-by-bug-report was common.

Agile came, and fortunately disrupted things. Teams became cross-functional, and yet management did not change. Management became harder; there were more stakeholders to manage, and more areas to cover. Task switching came as standard.

Eventually the penny dropped with senior management and the management team was re-organised. A change had to come and that meant no more Test Managers….

This presentation aims to present a view of test management that I think fits with the software development methodologies, and team structures that we typically see in IT today. It will use my personal experiences to explain why I think discipline based management is no longer relevant or required, and how Test Managers need to adapt to the new world of cross-functional, agile teams and continuous delivery.

It is based on my blog post – http://stephenjanaway.co.uk/stephenjanaway/management/end-road-test-managers/

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  • Speaker


    Stephen Janaway - Delivery Manager, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, United Kingdom

    Stephen is a mobile and e-commerce Delivery Manager. Over the last 15 years he’s worked for companies such as Nokia. Ericsson, Motorola and the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, as well as advising a number of mobile application companies on testing and delivery strategies. He has written and presented many times about testing, frequently with a focus on mobile devices and mobile applications.

    Stephen also provides training courses and coaching, focused on both mobile software testing and software testing in general.

    Stephen loves talking to others about software testing, test techniques and the mobile device and application world in general. You can contact him via his website (www.stephenjanaway.co.uk) or on Twitter (@stephenjanaway).