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Leadership and Communication [clear filter]
Tuesday, September 24

9:45am EDT

Lean Coffee Facilitators Training
Lean Coffee is a meeting format focused on solving problems. Use it for retrospectives, team meetings, project meetings, or ice breakers. Want to use it as effectively as possible? Come learn the method, or go deeper into it, with one of the midwest's premier Lean Coffee-ists. (That's a thing, right?)


Matthew Heusser

Matt Heusser is the Managing Director at Excelon Development. The lead organizer of TestRetreat, a former board member of the Association for Software Testing, co-author of "Save Our Scrum", Senior Editor for "How To Reduce The Cost Of Software Testing", winner of the Most Influential... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am EDT
Norfolk Room

10:45am EDT

How Do You Start From Nothing?
When you move to a new job, a new project, or just need to step back and look at everything from the beginning where do you start? Do you start with automation? Manual tests? Should you always consider both? What about working with developers, can they help? After attending this talk you will walk away with guidelines to steer you on starting (or restarting) your test plan, for not only testers, but developers and management as well.

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Mike Roznik

Mike started his career as a developer, spending over 15 years working in multiple languages and at various points as a front end dev, back end dev, security consultant, DBA, and even a run as a UI/UX designer. At some point he became the 'testing developer' and that started him down... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
Norfolk Room

12:30pm EDT

Providing Value as a Leader - More Than Just 'Being the Boss'
Being a Test Manager is more than just ‘being the Boss’. Sure, there is direction to set, issues to address, hiring, performance reviews, status updates, and the list goes on. Managers want to empower their team members to make good decisions and execute well, but does that mean there’s nothing for a manager to do? How does one provide value when specific testing tasks are done by others? How does a manager go beyond ’being the Boss’ to actually helping their staff to do amazing work? Join Jeff Abshoff as he shares his experience working with new and seasoned testers, hear some of the struggles he has faced and gain some practical ideas for one-on-ones, team meetings, collaboration and growth challenges that you can bring back to your team in order to provide value.

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Jeff Abshoff

Testing Manager, Ansys
Jeff Abshoff is a Testing Manager at ANSYS Inc., a global developer of engineering simulation software. Jeff has been with ANSYS for over 14 years and has worked in a number of different areas, from established products developing incremental features, to new product launches looking... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm EDT
Norfolk Room

1:30pm EDT

Can you imagine what can happen if we split teams differently by building a community of practice in agile organization?
Managers have the ability to split organizations into teams, programs and functions. This causes a deep level of ignorance, duplication of work, and less knowledge sharing or even worst. In this case, people feel they are working alone and not supported which is the main 'WHY' people left their job and start seeking for better scope.
In order to avoid all those problems, organizations are making new changes and ways of transformation to make their collaborators more fluid. That's why and how communities of practice are built. In fact, the main reason is to create a link between different people and connect them independently from which function and team they are working on.
Those communities offer multiple important advantages to members and to organization. In this talk, Emna will brings examples of community of practice development within Ministry of Testing Meetups. She will illustrate why communities of practice are an essential part of agile organization and what role they can perform in the short and long term. Also she will refer to the importance of gamification in building those communities and other helpful strategies to connect participants using different methods of fragmenting the organization such as spotify model.

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Emna Ayadi

Test Coach, Primatec
Emna has been involved in the world of testing and quality for almost 5 years on different projects. Currently she is a test coach at Primatec Engineering. Mentoring teams, monitoring and evaluating the test training program’s effectiveness to help them grow and give the best of... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Norfolk Room

2:30pm EDT

Team Dynamics AKA Good Code Co-Parenting
Fostering good team dynamics is a difficult and thankless job, one that is often relegated to managers. Problematic personalities, clashing communication styles, egos… All thrown to our poor managers, to be dealt with from the top-down. But it doesn't have to be this way! The team dynamic is the responsibility of the entire team, to own, manipulate and tweak to their benefit. And it's not as scary as it sounds. But how do you know what makes a team dynamic good or bad? What's worth fixing and what do you work around instead? In this talk, I'll be sharing my experiences working with different teams - both good and bad - and what I've learned from them. What are the markers of a good team, and why? What adjustments can you make, or suggest to management, to improve a teams dynamic? What can you do to promote good working relationships with your team members?

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Jade Promhouse

Software Developer in Test, MappedIn
Jade currently hangs her hat at Magnet Forensics, where she strives for balancing quality standards and efficient testing methods. Although new in her career, she's had the opportunity to work at a variety of companies, in a variety of industries, such as D2L, Zynga and Apple. She... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
Norfolk Room