Leadership: From Monolith to Pebbles

W13     Start Time : 14:30     End Time : 15:15

Talk Abstract:

When working with medical products, the verification process can be a real pain – especially when dealing with completely new QA team, complex hardware/software setup and collaboration of multiple scattered teams.

My first release as a System Test Manager was a real struggle – stress, overtime, exceeding deadlines and a lot of uncertainty. But I’ve learned my lesson and focused on preparing and building the team with the right skill set and competencies. And what is the most important, now each team has its own leader with his responsibilities and me acting as a glue to hold them all together. Motivation, focus on details of the tasks and team velocity have increased tremendously. Work is less stressful and management more happy with the results. Thanks to the changes, we are finally working well.

I want to tell the story of fall and rise of a team in complex project and environment. I will show my framework for building teams in complex projects and organizations. The talk will tackle the issue of building a Rock Star QA team by the right distribution of leadership.

Key Takeaways:

  1. You don’t need to have a formal position to make great changes in the way your team works (sometimes it’s even easier if you don’t have formal power).
  2. Transparency is the key learning. Learning is the key to greatness and working well.
  3. Monolith leadership is inefficient and doesn’t scale to complex setups.

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  • Speaker


    Adam Matlacz - System Test Manager, Demant Tech Centre, Poland

    Adam Matłacz has spent his whole professional life in the IT in different roles – tester, consultant, pre-sales engineer, business analyst, scrum master and Agile Coach – to finally end up again in Testing. Engineer, speaker, trainer of skills such as software testing, Agile and self-presentation. Full-time System Test Manager and Test Architect at DTC, Lecturer at Coders Lab and coach in the Sages.

    Privately foodie, traveler and book lover.