Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – My Journey from Tester to Engineering Manager

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2022 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Josh Assad

Topic:
One of the biggest questions in anyone’s career is how it will progress.  There are generally two natural courses most professions will grow into; Technical mastery or people management (sometimes both, along a spectrum, but that is a topic for another day).  For testers, the path to people management is a little less clear than it was in the pre-Agile days of testing departments and QA Managers.  However there is still a very strong case for growing testers into Engineering Managers, Directors and beyond.

In this talk I will share my journey from Tester to Engineering Manager, and highlight the skills you use as a tester today that managers leverage every day too.  If you’ve ever wondered if people management was a destination on your career journey, this talk is for you!

Bio: 
Josh Assad has been working in the software industry for over 20 years across many domains such as physical and cyber security, mobile technology, e-learning, and dev-ops/infrastructure.  A tester first, Josh has always been passionate about quality, which has extended from products to processes & people.  He has naturally taken to people-leadership roles where he strives to create cultures of innovation, safety and trust to empower those around him to do their best work.