Ash, a former chef, put recipes aside when she moved to New York City back in 2010. She soon after began her career in software development, falling back on her skills in engineering she acquired when she was a child, building computers with her brother. A progressive type, Ash has focused her efforts within technology on the mission to bring awareness to inclusion within the tech space culture of women and people of color, especially in the Context Driven Testing and Agile communities.
Conference Talk: The Language of Culture
Presenter: Ash Coleman
There is an overall idea that a workplace is a environment built on principles and ideas that define its culture. However, have you ever considered what these words are really saying about your business? Culture is often framed by what you DON’T say, not necessarily by what you do say.
The idea that advertising your business and running it according to crafted language that is meant to capture the nature of your “culture" and attract likemindedness can be an example of well-intentioned efforts that in fact may potentially be limiting statements. This language may impose discrete limits on the organizations ability to adapt and grow based on past success instead of future opportunities.
As leaders in the testing community, how are we “attracting the right fit?” In this talk, we will discuss how our language around culture and opportunities at our organizations can either impose discrete limits on our development or can foster an environment for growth and agility.