Wednesday, May 31, 2017: The Drive-Thru Is Not Always Faster: Re-Thinking Your Testing Practice

SPEAKER: Mike Lyles

ABSTRACT:

How many times have you sat in line at the drive-thru window waiting and waiting? You watch as some people park their car, walk inside, buy their food, and then leave…..all while you are still in line.

The drive-thru window was created to speed up the process and make things faster. However, many times that process is not as fast as a different way.

How many times have we done the same thing with testing? We focus on what we believe is the best and fastest process and we don’t allow ourselves to consider alternatives that might work just as well, or better.

You are not alone. And it would likely surprise you that many others in the testing community share the same struggles and needs for re-thinking.

In this session, Mike Lyles will share his findings in talking to various leaders and practitioners in testing, their struggles, their strategies to overcome them, and their creative approaches to providing alternative solutions to make their testing organizations successful.

Key Takeaways:
• Survey responses from testers from all over the world
• A discussion on the common problems every test team will face today
• Suggestions from the community on how to approach and resolve the daily challenges
• Strategies that can be implemented immediately in your team

BIO:

Mike Lyles is a QA Director with over 24+ years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, software configuration management, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization.

Mike has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring of IT & QA professionals. He has managed multiple high impact programs simultaneously, on time, and under budget.

Mike has been an international keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events, and is regularly published in testing publications and magazines. He is the President of his corporate Toastmasters Club. Mike’s passion to help others improve and grow, in the field of testing, leadership, and management, is his key motivation. His first published book on leadership will be released this year.

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