Testers' Island Discs EP61 - Conor Fitzgerald

Conor Fitzgerald
Conor Fitzgerald
Neil Studd
Neil Studd
00:47:35

Fresh from last month’s TestBash adventure, Neil is joined by fellow conference attendee Conor Fitzgerald, who brings his experiences as co-founder of the Ministry of Testing Cork meetup, as well as from his many years as tester, manager and toastmaster.

On our agenda today, we discuss conferences and meetups (including the challenges of running both in-person and remote events), moving into management roles, how to lead when you can’t see people, and how good listening is often even more important than good speaking.

From a musical perspective, Conor does a fantastic job of debuting a few timeless bands onto our playlist, including some classic grunge and rock, and a third appearance by one of Neil’s favourite acts. Plus a load of bonus book recommendations!

Podcast Links:

Regular Links:

What You'll Learn

  • n/a

Conor Fitzgerald

Engineering Manager - Quality

Conor Fitzgerald is a Quality Advocate with over 15 years of experience. He is passionate about whole team testing and working with teams on quality improvements. Currently, he is working as an Engineering Manager(Quality) for Poppulo| FWI in Cork, Ireland. He has spoken at a number of conferences in recent years, including SoftTestDublin, TestBash, OnlineTestConf, AgileLeanInternational, Romania Testing Conference and RebelCon. Conor is an active member of the test community and is a Co-Founder of the Ministry of Testing Cork. Previous positions included Test Consultant, Test Lead/Manager, and Automation focused roles. These positions were held in a wide variety of industries from embedded systems to financial systems with companies ranging from startups to large multinationals such as Intel. Occasionally blogs at conorfi.com and frequently tweets at @conorfi.

Neil Studd

Software Engineering Coach @ Makers

Neil Studd is a UK-based tester with over 15 years' experience of leading quality initiatives within agile startups and large enterprise organisations. He is the creator of the Testers' Island Discs podcast which is available on the MoT website, and co-hosts the Tech Team Weekly and Screen Testing podcasts.