TestBash Leadership is the first of our six online TestBashes happening in 2022.

We have asked the Community which topics they wanted to focus in 2022 and Leadership was one of most voted. After Leadership, the following online TestBashes Online will focus on: Mobile, Careers & Hiring, Security and Core Skills as well as, the one and only, Test.bash();! 

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  • Jitesh Gosai
  • Why We Failed at Building in Testability
    Jitesh Gosai
    Talk

    Why We Failed at Building in Testability

    What

    Talk

    Description

    This talk is about when I was a test lead in a development team that moved to testability, succeeded but then ultimately failed to maintain the new way of working. I’ll detail how we got started with testability, what caused us to fail in maintaining the approach and how other teams could do it differently. 
     
    How we got started will cover: how we created a joint understand in what testability means for our product. How our team leaders encouraged experimentation, reflection and speaking up which was key for collaboration. This level of collaboration coupled with their joint understanding is what really enabled the team to build in testability. 
     
    Why we failed will cover: what foundational team behaviours were missed by the leaders for this approach to continue beyond the initial implementation. The foundations being establishing psychological safety, how everyone can and must learn from failure, how to work across discipline boundaries and the power of positively framing work. 
     
    What others can do will cover: Why team leaders are best positioned to do this. I’ll detail some basic steps that teams can take towards: creating psychological safety, how teams can get better at learning from failure, what they can do to encourage working across discipline boundaries and what positively framing work looks like

    Takeaways

    • What we are doing wrong in teams that causes testability to fail testability isn’t the problem but team culture via incentives are
    • What are the leadership behaviours that enable success with testability encouraged experimentation, reflection and speaking up which was key for collaboration
    • What steps can be taken to maintaining testability once established creating psychological safety, how teams can better learn from failure, what they can do to encourage working across discipline boundaries and what positively framing work looks like

    Speaker

    Jitesh Gosai
    Jitesh Gosai
    Principal Tester
    Jitesh Gosai has over 19 years of testing experience, working with various companies enabling them to build, test and automate at scale. He is currently a principal tester at the BBC in the iPlayer & Sounds department, working with Mobile, TV, Web and Smart speaker teams. His core aim is to create a Culture of Quality by helping teams build quality into their products. In his free time, he likes to speak about his experiences at conferences all over Europe and blogs regularly at https://www.jitgo.uk/blog and tweets @jitgo
  • Marie Cruz
  • Lessons Learned As A Quality Engineering Manager
    Marie Cruz
    Talk

    Lessons Learned As A Quality Engineering Manager

    What

    Talk

    Description

    It has been a year since I made the transition from an individual contributor to a people manager and in this talk, I want to share key lessons that I learned as a new Quality Engineering Manager.
    The session aims to provide guidance to individuals thinking of becoming a people manager.
    I'll be talking about what has worked well with my direct reports, what hasn't worked well and an overall reflection of how I made relationships with my direct reports all while working remotely.

    Takeaways

    • Learned what skills you would need as a People Manager
    • Understand why leading with empathy and kindness is important
    • How to deal with difficult conversations
    • Learned what further resources such as books and podcasts can help you with your management journey

    Speaker

    Marie Cruz
    Marie Cruz
    Developer Advocate
    Marie Cruz is currently a Developer Advocate at k6.io and Grafana Labs. She is a tech blogger at testingwithmarie.com and an accessibility advocate. She is also an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.
  • Toby Sinclair
  • Testing Ask Me Anything - Leadership with Toby Sinclair
    Toby Sinclair
    Ama

    Testing Ask Me Anything - Leadership with Toby Sinclair

    What

    Ama

    Description

    Toby, a certified professional coach, started his career as a Software Developer. After a few years, he became more curious about the ingredients of a high-performance culture. This lead to a journey of self-discovery. Exploring how to unlock performance in himself so that he could help others.

    In this session, hosted by the great Vernon Richards, Toby will be answering questions about Leadership, from our attendees live on the Main Stage.

    To learn more about Toby's story and career, check out his website here.

    Speaker

    Toby Sinclair
    Toby Sinclair
    Coach, Teacher, Advisor
    I help tech leaders gain clarity and confidence in how to coach their teams.
  • Joep Schuurkes
  • Book Clubs Are The Best
    Joep Schuurkes
    Book Suggestion

    Book Clubs Are The Best

    What

    Book Suggestion

    Description

    At my previous job I felt we could support people more in developing their leadership skills.   So I started a leadership book club, where we discuss two chapters of a book every other week. And very deliberately I made the first book we read Jerry Weinberg's "Becoming a Technical Leader." Because it's a great book, but more importantly because I wanted to start the book club off with his definition of leadership: creating an environment where everyone can contribute. So leadership is for anyone, not just for a "leadership team".

    In this talk I'll tell the story of how I started and ran the book club. Of what changed once we were a few books in. And of what value the book club brought.

    Takeaways

    • How to start and run a book club
    • Book clubs are a good way to connect with more people at work
    • Book clubs can be a place where you practice leadership

    Speaker

    Joep Schuurkes
    Joep Schuurkes
    quality engineer
    Joep wandered into software testing in 2006. After a decade in which he learned (and practiced) exploratory testing and test automation, his focus shifted to a bigger question. How can teams and organizations build and deliver good software? To answer that question, he has been exploring topics such as technical leadership, agile coaching, and software methodologies. Currently Joep is working as a consultant for Quality Accelerators. He has given talks and workshops at conferences throughout Europe. He's also one of the organizers of the Friends of Good Software unconference.
  • Eva Podbrdská
  • Managing People with Autism
    Eva Podbrdská
    Talk

    Managing People with Autism

    What

    Talk

    Description

    You might be managing people who are on the autism spectrum.  You might be a manager who is on the spectrum. You might be on the spectrum and managed by somebody. Or you just want to learn a bit about autism. In any case, this talk is for you.

    The incidence of ASD in the software industry is many times higher than in the general population. But so often we're not aware that the people we are dealing with on a daily basis are different. It's very hard to spot autism - even in ourselves! Our work environment and the way we communicate with each other are in most cases suited for neurotypical people but autistic people might struggle with it. In most cases it's just a few very simple changes that will allow autistic brains to thrive. And it's not just about being nice - teams that include different types of people with different ways of thinking are stronger and better performing.

    As a late diagnosed autistic person, I will try to dispel common myths and misperceptions around the signs and symptoms of the autism spectrum disorder, share my own personal experience and provide tips and guidelines for creating a neurodiversity-friendly environment, be it for your team or for yourself. 
     

    Takeaways

    • What is autism - diagnostic criteria and symptoms
    • The experience of an autistic person - what life feels like, what are common strengths and difficulties
    • How to create an autism-friendly work environment and tackle common communication challenges
    • How to advocate for yourself

    Speaker

    Eva Podbrdská
    Eva Podbrdská
    QA (Question Asker)
    I work as a tester on the backend team of Showmax - a VoD platform operating in sub-saharan Africa. I switched my career into IT in 2019 after my parental leave and it was the best decision in my life so far. I love figuring out how things work, I love playing with APIs, microservices and databases and most of all I love asking questions. I love dogs and sometimes torture my violin. I am autistic (and probably also ADHD)
  • Marta Woźniak-Semeniuk
  • What's Hiding in Our Minds? Eye-opening Book by Nobel-prize Winner
    Marta Woźniak-Semeniuk
    Book Suggestion

    What's Hiding in Our Minds? Eye-opening Book by Nobel-prize Winner

    What

    Book Suggestion

    Description

    I'd like to talk about how "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman inspired me. This book made me gain more perspective on how the human mind works - which helped me in my work and inspired a few workshops and talks I did.

    Speaker

    Marta Woźniak-Semeniuk
    Marta Woźniak-Semeniuk
    Agile Coach
    Agile Coach and BA, with QA background. Speaker at ATD2019 and TU2019, meetups in Wrocław and Rzeszów, mentor and UWr. Regularly working with people to help them grow and develop themselves in daily work and on workshops. Cat-loving bookworm with never-ending curiosity.
  • Ajay Balamurugadas
  • Rahul Parwal
  • Can You Do 'Better Than Richard'?
    Ajay Balamurugadas, Rahul Parwal
    Role Play Scenarios

    Can You Do 'Better Than Richard'?

    What

    Role Play Scenarios

    Description

    In this session, Rahul Parwal and Ajay Balamurugadas will 'Do Better Than Richard' in this fun, but serious take on bad leadership situations. 

    For the past weeks, Richard Bradshaw has shared some videos on Twitter, using the #DoBetterThanRichard

    Join this session to see how these situations could have had a better leadership outcome and why not, try your own outcome?

    Takeaways

    • Learn how to be a better leader
    • Discuss good and bad leadership scenarios

    Speakers

    Ajay Balamurugadas
    Ajay Balamurugadas
    Senior Director - QE, GSPANN Technologies
    Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously re-inventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored multiple books available at bit.ly/booksaj and bit.ly/ajleanpub. His friends associate the terms - ‘Change Agent, Idea Man, Motivational’ to him. He tweets under @ajay184f and loves to have long conversations on software testing and life in general. He is currently working at GSPANN Technologies, Inc. as Senior Director - QE. When not testing, he spends time with his wife and two children.
    Rahul Parwal
    Rahul Parwal
    Senior Software Engineer
    Rahul is a Software Engineer by education and works as a Senior Software Engineer with ifm engineering pvt. ltd., India. He is a Software Tester by trade, Programmer by practice, and a Mythology lover by heart. His latest e-book is available at https://leanpub.com/productivitytoolkit
  • Christian Kram
  • Decision Making for Teams
    Christian Kram
    Talk

    Decision Making for Teams

    What

    Talk

    Description

    In recent years we have put the focus on teams. Things like the whole team approach to testing have become a well known commodity and self-organizing team in scrum are something seen in many companies. One of the major parts of leadership is decision making. But have we adapted our decision making strategies going from a classic one person decides to the team decides?
    My company has taken the team approach even further and we don't have any kind of bosses or leadership positions anymore.
    In this talk, I will present situations where groups need to decide and what strategies and methods there are to make different kinds of decisions as a group. I will also talk about where at my company our ideas went wrong and where we had to adapt to come to decisions involving everyone without slowing down the decision process. 

    Takeaways

    • Decision making for teams
    • Types of decisions: consensus vs. consent, veto incorporation
    • Methods for decision making: voting, fist to five, systemic consensing
    • Typical pitfalls to avoid: how not to slow down and getting into stalls

    Speaker

    Christian Kram
    Christian Kram
    Trainer and Coach
    My core areas as a coach and consultant are quality assurance and software testing. I helped getting customers the quality they need for over 15 years in different roles, ranging from manual tester in comparative product evaluation over automotive test manager to head of testing for ERP software. My main topics are in the field of agile testing, exploratory testing and establishing quality in the whole software development cycle.In addition to software I have been testing real world objects like chairs and mattresses in the past.
  • Dave Harrison
  • Next Level Leadership
    Dave Harrison
    Talk

    Next Level Leadership

    What

    Talk

    Description

    This talk will take the 25 years of prior experiences with being promoted into different leadership levels and roles and communicate the lessons learned, things to watch out for, and how leadership 'scope' can expand or contract given the leadership opportunity that one find themselves. 
    This talk will be structured for multiple takeaway ideas, targeted at people who are in different stages of their careers:  (recent college grads/new testers, management-track-not-yet-promoted, first-time-managers-leaders, ready-to-advance-managers-leaders, established managers-leaders)

    Takeaways

    • Considerations for first-time leaders and managers and what are the most important priorities to take on starting out
    • Once you are promoted within the leadership/management path, how can responsibilities vary, especially if you find yourself in a leadership role and not a management role
    • The differences between leadership and management that I've learned over the years, and the various outcomes from what I've learned
    • Career path considerations for testers regarding leadership, management, organisational structure and other aspects

    Speaker

    Dave Harrison
    Dave Harrison
    Sr Director, Quality
    Dave Harrison has been working in software testing since the early 1990's. Early projects in his career involved working on the first macintosh laptops along with products that facilitated 'telecommuting' and early versions of web browsers from Netscape and Microsoft. He then grew his career by pursuing opportunities with e-Commerce at Disney, Fortune 500 companies, some government contracting and six successful startups. For the past seven years, he has led testing and quality related programs for one of the largest Fintechs in the world. Dave has attended Test Bash conferences since 2016, giving 99 second talks and helping with onsite discussion groups. TestBash leadership will be his first opportunity to present to a global audience.
  • Niranjani Manoharan
  • The Paradox of Leadership
    Niranjani Manoharan
    Talk

    The Paradox of Leadership

    What

    Talk

    Description

    We, very often, consciously or unconsciously live life linearly, solving problems through logical processes while prodding our intellect to understand life through reducing it to its parts and then trying to put them together in different patterns to try and make sense of it all. But life is a paradox.

     

    Similarly, when you’re leading a team, everything is not black and white. Certain aspects are part of the grey area and you’ll have to read between lines to comprehend them. It is not always straightforward to incorporate a quality strategy as there are multitude of factors that can influence them like size of the QA team, ratio of QA:developers, organizational culture, and communication: between your peers, between you and your leadership team, between you and your direct reports. Sometimes in order to move forward, you need to take a few steps back. This isn’t necessarily slowing down but will help you move faster eventually.

    Takeaways

    • Focus on simplicity
    • Don’t let operational issues hinder your strategic work
    • Importance of communication (which when realised early on, could help you enable your team by breaking these invisible barriers)

    Speaker

    Niranjani Manoharan
    Niranjani Manoharan
    Engineering Manager, Hippo Insurance

    An accomplished software engineering leader in building tools, test infrastructure and improving quality and developer productivity for industry pioneers like Lyft, Pinterest, eBay, Twitter and now at Hippo Insurance.

  • Niranjani Manoharan
  • Farah Chabchoub
  • Jim Holmes
  • Discussion: Becoming a Better Leader
    Niranjani Manoharan, Farah Chabchoub, Jim Holmes
    Panel Discussion

    Discussion: Becoming a Better Leader

    What

    Panel Discussion

    Description

    In this session, our host Laveena Ramchandani, a Software Testing Leader herself, will be joined by three other leaders to discuss ways to become a better leader.

    Niranjani Manoharan, born in India and now living in California, is an accomplished software engineering leader in building tools, test infrastructure and improving quality and developer productivity for industry leaders. Check out Niranjani's blog to find out a bit more about her.

    Jim Holmes, a leasdership expert in many ways, Jim has experience working with teams across many disciplines (sports, IT, community organizations), which led him to write The Leadership Journey, a practical handbook meant to help you learn how to find a leadership style that works for you. Find out more about Jim by checking out his blog.

    Farah Chabchoub an active speaker and member of several tech communities, Farah is also an experienced head of QA and a strategic productivity driver. Learn more about Farah by reading and signing up to her newsletter here.

    Speakers

    Niranjani Manoharan
    Niranjani Manoharan
    Engineering Manager, Hippo Insurance

    An accomplished software engineering leader in building tools, test infrastructure and improving quality and developer productivity for industry pioneers like Lyft, Pinterest, eBay, Twitter and now at Hippo Insurance.

    Farah Chabchoub
    Farah Chabchoub
    Strategic Quality Driver
    Strategic quality manager, with a background in engineering, Farah has been particularly interested in innovation and service quality improvement since her first career steps. After an experience of creating from scratch division, scaling it up, and being a member of the management committee within MANGOPAY, since 2021 Farah has been sharing her expertise by advising managers to create excellent products for customer satisfaction. Her diverse experiences as a service quality expert in startups, scale-ups, and large corporations have sparked her passion for product excellence, business risk impact, and productivity. Farah is a critical thinker, solution-oriented with a coaching and continuous improvement approach, and frequently enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with the product and technical communities as a speaker.
    Jim Holmes
    Jim Holmes
    Director of QA and Performance
    Single Dad. Widower. Geek. Veteran. Noobie firearms enthusiast. Around 35 years IT experience. Author of The Leadership Journey. Coffee Roaster. Former Microsoft MVP for ALM. Past President of CodeMash Conference. Diabetic. Liked 5th grade so much he did it twice. One-time setter, middle blocker, and weakside hitter. Blogger (http://FrazzledDad.com). Big fan of naps.
  • Scott Kenyon
  • What is “Deconstructing Feedback”?
    Scott Kenyon
    Talk

    What is “Deconstructing Feedback”?

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Give an overview of what we mean by communication, showing how we can deconstruct communication into simple components.

    Showing examples of different feedback models giving the impacts and use cases for them.

    How we then tailor our communication to different audiences.

    Takeaways

    • Understand how Feedback can be deconstructed into simple components
    • Become aware of different feedback models
    • How different feedback models can impact communication

    Speaker

    Scott Kenyon
    Scott Kenyon
    QA & Release Manager
    Passionate about communciation and neurodiversity in testing. being diverse myself i bring a difrerent perspective on my own testing I strongly believe in collaborative methods and using different thought techniques and people perspectives to look at things from many angles. communication is about influence and impact we can have on others through testing and how we talk about it. i have moved onto a leadership and mangement role now in addtion I have also taught, coached and mentored people throughout my career. Getting more talented people to come into testing and showcasing there skills.
  • Scott Kenyon
  • Deconstructing Feedback from Old School to New School
    Scott Kenyon
    Interactive Session

    Deconstructing Feedback from Old School to New School

    What

    Interactive Session

    Description

    This session will happen during a break for everyone interested in knowing more about how to give feedback.

    A session where we take real work examples of things going wrong and give feedback.

    Build the feedback live with contributions from the audience to understand how the feedback is built up from components.

    Utilising multiple feedback models such as AID(Action/Impact/Do)

    Speaker

    Scott Kenyon
    Scott Kenyon
    QA & Release Manager
    Passionate about communciation and neurodiversity in testing. being diverse myself i bring a difrerent perspective on my own testing I strongly believe in collaborative methods and using different thought techniques and people perspectives to look at things from many angles. communication is about influence and impact we can have on others through testing and how we talk about it. i have moved onto a leadership and mangement role now in addtion I have also taught, coached and mentored people throughout my career. Getting more talented people to come into testing and showcasing there skills.
  • Kiruthika Ganesan
  • Taking the Leap to Leadership!
    Kiruthika Ganesan
    Talk

    Taking the Leap to Leadership!

    What

    Talk

    Description

    This talk is about my experience in leadership. I am someone who didn't want to take this leap for a long time. Reason was to stay technical and not lose those core testing and programming skills. But as I evolved as a tester to someone who wanted to influence Quality in an organisation, being just a tester felt like Stagnant waters. So, I ventured into the running waters taking up the challenge to change the culture.
     
    Now that I have made the leap, I can share my insights on this side of the spectrum. The challenges, the victories and the prep involved. Still consider myself quite a technical person who tests, codes, learns and teaches on a daily basis along with driving the strategic vision from a quality perspective.

    Takeaways

    • Getting ready to be leader as it means to rise above your own needs
    • Convincing others and finding your first follower
    • Staying relevant and motivating your team

    Speaker

    Kiruthika Ganesan
    Kiruthika Ganesan
    Head of Quality Assurance
    I am someone who is passionate about testing and approaches testing with a holistic view. I have over 17 years of experience in the IT industry, working as a tester, developer and a trainer. I believe in the power of people and collaborating to build a safe environment where the teams can thrive and work on creating great software. I enjoy teaching and getting involved in community activities like speaking at conferences, delivering workshops. I am one of the tutors in the Coders Guild and a core member of Synapse QA-a testing community. Also, a keen advocate of Women in Tech initiatives and a global ambassador! When I am not working, I love spending time with my kids and enjoy writing short stories.
  • Jesper Ottosen
  • Staff Testing Roles - As Inspired By The "Staff Engineer" Book
    Jesper Ottosen
    Book Suggestion

    Staff Testing Roles - As Inspired By The "Staff Engineer" Book

    What

    Book Suggestion

    Description

    This book has made a huge impact on the understanding of my own role - I am not a manager, but a high-level individual contributor.

    A Staff role - in the terms of the book. With the lessons and stories from the book, I understand better a leadership career path besides the management track.

    A staff-level testing role is often leading delivery teams, critical projects, or internal improvements activities without having formal leadership.

    From the stories of similar staff engineers, I can understand elements of leading change around alignment with corporate strategy and presenting to management, among other things.

    Speaker

    Jesper Ottosen
    Jesper Ottosen
    Senior Advisory Consultant
    Jesper primarily works with programs and projects that change the IT landscape of the organization, either by transitioning complete IT services or by transforming the IT solutions for the business to more up-to-date approaches and technologies. Jesper believes that aligning the business drivers and management needs is key to establishing a relevant test strategy. Jesper has recently used Wardley mapping to understand the business needs. He has found it key to create test activities that support organizational needs and business goals to scale. In addition, he has authored multiple leadership resources to help professionals see how making test strategy visible can deepen understanding of the ever-evolving systems landscape.
  • Jim Holmes
  • What Weightlifting Taught me About Leadership
    Jim Holmes
    Talk

    What Weightlifting Taught me About Leadership

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Sometimes we find fascinating, useful lessons while working at two dramatically different things. Some years ago I started working with a trainer to learn technical Olympic-style weight lifting. Very quickly I found connections between that work and my "day job" helping software delivery teams improve how they created complex systems.
     
    This talk walks through a few parallels and how I found being coached helped me improve my own skill at coaching others. You'll (re)learn concepts such as the importance of having goals, breaking complex tasks into small pieces, getting repetitions in, and remembering that even smart, accomplished people make dumb mistakes.

    Takeaways

    • Leadership lessons come from many sources. Be open to finding gems in odd places
    • Goals matter. Setting them in one part of life impacts others
    • Lessons in one walk of life apply to others

    Speaker

    Jim Holmes
    Jim Holmes
    Director of QA and Performance
    Single Dad. Widower. Geek. Veteran. Noobie firearms enthusiast. Around 35 years IT experience. Author of The Leadership Journey. Coffee Roaster. Former Microsoft MVP for ALM. Past President of CodeMash Conference. Diabetic. Liked 5th grade so much he did it twice. One-time setter, middle blocker, and weakside hitter. Blogger (http://FrazzledDad.com). Big fan of naps.
  • Veena Devi
  • Found My Ikigai
    Veena Devi
    Book Suggestion

    Found My Ikigai

    What

    Book Suggestion

    Description

    In this talk, Veena explains what's an Ikigai and how she found hers via the book 'Ikigai (The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life), by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

    Speaker

    Veena Devi
    Veena Devi
    QA Architect,Developer Relations Lead
    Software Testing Enthusiastic over 18+ yrs Exp.Focusing on Test Automation and Continuous Testing.
  • Leigh Rathbone
  • Ted Lasso Made Me a Better Tech Leader and More Importantly, a Better Person
    Leigh Rathbone
    Talk

    Ted Lasso Made Me a Better Tech Leader and More Importantly, a Better Person

    What

    Talk

    Description

    There are a few things in my journey of being a leader that have helped shape me as a person, and therefore me as a leader.

    In 2016 I saw 'Yes Man' with Jim Carrey and it changed my life regarding saying 'Yes' to challenges instead of shirking away from them. 2021 I saw Ted Lasso in the press for winning awards across the world. I started watching, and realised very quickly that Ted Lasso as a person and leader is what I needed to draw inspiration from, in order to make my next leap in leadershipHere are a few of Ted Lasso leadership principles:

    • "All people are different people" is a catchphrase of his, and adopting this mindset has allowed me to help a tester that has ADHD. I now look at each individual tester I work with and take their career path and tailor it to them, their wants, their needs, based off this principle
    • "Believe in believe" is another that Im using to coach someone with impostor syndrome
    • "See the good in others' ties very closely to the retro prime directive and has helped me go into feisty situations with a different lens

    Ted Lasso also gave me the confidence to take on managing and leading developers. By following his coaching principles I was able to go and lead a craft that within tech leadership circles, is still a bit of a bit of a taboo thing (Thats slowly changing though) and that is Test leaders leading Developers.

    This talk is my leadership journey, tied into the Ted Lasso coaching lessons. Like Ted Lasso, my journey to become a better leader will never end, and I am always learning, seeking improvements. Like Ted, I've failed, and like Ted, I pull learnings from those.

    The pandemic is nearly 2 years old, and what Ted Lasso is, is a feel good factor boxset with key life, coaching lessons weaved in throughout. By sharing my journey of how this programme has impacted me, I hope it will change yours.rath

    Takeaways

    • Putting people at the heart of your leadership ethos is the right thing to do
    • Using some of Ted Lasso's coaching principles will give you confidence to lead people outside of your current comfort zone
    • Taking Ted Lasso's leadership principles means I now have more skills in my leadership toolbox
    • As a leader you will fail, its the learnings from that which are important
    • Being a leader means you are in the spotlight, whether you like that or not. That can have impacts on your health, leaders need to self care as well

    Speaker

    Leigh Rathbone
    Leigh Rathbone
    Head of Quality Engineering
    I’ve been in the craft of testing for 24 years, mostly in leadership roles, and feel as passionate about testing now, as I did in my first year. I’ve had many roles, from testing the world’s first touchscreen smartphone, to heading up Sony PlayStation European Test Operations, to Head of test for a clinical software firm. I’m currently at Gear4music working at bedding in ‘quality first’ mindsets and practices I’m a huge advocate of self-development, and sharing your learnings from that self-development. My own journey has led to me setting up and help run the Liverpool Tester gathering, and following on from that, a lifetime achievement of being the compere at Testbash Manchester October 2017 til present
    Our Famous 99-Second Talks
    99 Second Talks

    Our Famous 99-Second Talks

    What

    99 Second Talks

    Description

    It's not a TestBash without 99-Second Talks!

    The 99-Second Talks is the attendee's stage, a opportunity for you to come on stage and talk for, that's right, 99 seconds. 

    You can talk about anything, a testing topic you want to share, a personal experience, an idea sparked by all the amazing talks you've just listened... the stage is yours, for 99-Seconds!

    The host will introduce you on stage and start the clock. As soon as the time's up, a noise will be heard and that's it: time's up!

     

    Prerequisites

    You will need to give Hopin permissions to allow your camera and microphone. Make sure these are enabled before you go on screen.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How to Attend

    TestBash Leadership as well as all online TestBashes are included in Pro membership which makes it by far the most affordable way to attend. Pro MoT is £249.99 per year with discounts for teams and a monthly option for individual memberships. Alternatively, you can buy a ticket just for the event for £75 - these are now available!

    Sponsorship

    We want this online conference to be all about Leadership and are actively looking for sponsors for the event. Email marketing@ministryoftesting.com to learn more about our sponsorship options.

    Where is the event hosted?

    TestBash Leadership is hosted on Hopin, an excellent platform for events like this. You'll need to create a Hopin account to access the event.  

    How do I join the event?

    1. Double check you're logged into your MoT Account. You'll see your avatar and name in the top right-hand corner.
    2. Visit the Hopin event space at https://hopin.com/events
    3. Enter the password sent to you in an email/or by visiting the top of the event page (Look for the "Join Details" section, on the page you're reading this FAQ) - Available one week before the event!
    4. On the Hopin event space,  select "Join Event"
    5. When prompted to SELECT TICKETS, select "Sign in to join the event" (at this point you can create a Hopin account if you don't have one already)
    6. Close the "CHECKOUT" page
    7. Select "Join Event" again
    8. Congrats, you're now in the reception area of the event 🎉