Anna Royzman

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Anna Royzman is the founder of Global Quality Leadership Institute, the non-profit organization, whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs. Test Masters Academy, an initiative that is envisioned and managed by Anna directly, organizes annual Test Leadership Congress (in the Spring) and New Testing Conference (in the Fall).

Anna serves as the Executive At Large on Association for Software Testing’s Board of Directors. She has been a QA Lead and Manager for 14+ years, served as a president of AST Quality Leader SIG (2012-2014) and as a member of STP Community Advisory Board (2014-2015). Anna is co-founder of NYC Testers and founder of TMA's Leadership Series meetup.

Find Anna on:

- Twitter: @QA_nna @TestMastersAcad

- LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2lGcnl4

- Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Test-Masters-Academy-Leadership-Series/

- TestMastersAcademy.org

The Conference starts on May 1st

Conference Talk:  What do Test Managers Really Do

Presenter: Anna Royzman

The role of test manager is evolving.  What do test managers actually do?  What should test managers do?  Why should test managers do it? Is the role of test manager really life cycle dependent?  Does leadership matter?

In Q1 of 2016, in a joint project by Global Quality Leadership Institute and McGill University, a task analysis of test management was conducted by students of Prof. Robert Sabourin.  80 undergraduate students of software engineering interviewed over 40 professionals globally self -identified as being test managers using the critical incident method of task analysis.  Each test manager was asked to share experiences in implementing new requirements, change requests and bug fixes. Students elicited success stories, failure stories and typical stories.  Students created process models and contrasted approaches.

In this presentation Anna will share the research data and provide an analysis on the discoveries.

Wednesday masterclass: Strategic Leadership for Testers: Developing Testing Strategy and Leading by Example

Presenters: Fiona Charles, Anna Royzman

With the widespread shift to agile and Dev Ops methodologies, career test practitioners have had to rethink their place in software development. We can no longer assume a career path of fixed roles from test analyst to test lead to test manager. In some organizations, traditional test managers have become test coaches, while in others there may be no explicit test leadership roles.


Most testers believe there is still a need for leadership in testing, regardless of formally assigned roles. But we may not be sure what that leadership comprises, or what it could and should look like.


In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore the meaning and practice of test leadership in modern software development, through group exercises.


In the first half we will concentrate on leadership itself, examining questions such as:


  • Where does test leadership fit in current software development?
  • How can I use my test leadership/management skills to add optimal value:
    • On agile projects?
    • In the larger agile organization?


  • What further skills do I need to develop/grow to be an effective leader in a collaborative environment?


Strategic thinking is an essential component of effective leadership, and the second half will focus on it: what it is and how to use it in your day-to-day testing; in organizing testing and resources for testing; and in managing your career.


Each exercise will be followed by a debrief that will give participants the opportunity to share their experiences and consolidate and add to what they’ve learned.



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The Conference starts on May 1st