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Follow the work – bad news for Test Managers?

I get lots of enquiries from founders of start-ups who reach a certain growth point where they really need to start taking control of the quality of the work being produced. Their companies seem to reach a size and market growth where the focus on quality becomes a priority.

This is usually about the time when I get a call or an email and get posed the typical next two questions:

“How do I go about starting a new test function?”

and

“Where do I find a good Test Manager?”

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Goal Setting towards agile

Goal Setting towards agile

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there” Yogi Berra

Everytime I get asked how to implement agile in a team I ask a simple clarifying question back.

“Why?”

The answer to this question is often not very forthcoming. There is often no concrete reason. There is often no tangible benefit for moving the organisation or team to an agile or rapid delivery way of working.

  • Sometimes it’s because their boss wants them to….
  • Sometimes it’s because everyone else is agile…..

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What if you don’t have the skills a manager is looking for?

What do you do when hiring managers are looking for a set of skills you don’t have but you sorely want? You learn.

I see this situation played over and over again. The market is shifting and a new tool or technique is the next biggest standout skill or experience hiring managers are looking for, yet you don’t have that skill. What’s worse is that you can’t get an opportunity to learn that skill in a workplace because you don’t already have it…..a Catch 22 situation.

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Testing Planet Newspapers

How to use rejection to move forward

I’ll never forget the sadness that was conveyed in Cheryll’s words as she politely, but carefully, rejected what would be my very last submission to a popular testing magazine. Me and Cheryll had history. I’d submitted 10 articles to the magazine, and 10 times she had sent me the rejection email.

It wasn’t her rejected me, it was the editor, but she knew my pain. She was the messenger.

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