Wither the test manager?

[ Paul Gerrard | Will The Test Leaders Stand Up | The Testing Planet issue 10, Page 4, March 2013 , Paywall] paraphrased:

There are five broad choices for you to take if you are a test lead or test manager:

  1. Provide advice to the business leaders, as an independent agent cajole project leadership and review performance
  2. Take control of the knowledge required to define and build systems. Demand clarity and precision in requirements
  3. Help agile projects to recognise and react to risks, coach and mentor and manage testing
  4. Manage the information flow between the key groups and continuous integration system, control change and delivery
  5. Manage outsourced and offshore teams, manage relationships

It’s probably 6) All of the above


5 thoughts on “Wither the test manager?

  1. So put another way:
    1) measure productivity (and improve, I presume)
    2) Quality Control
    3) reduce risk uncertainty iteratively
    4) communication conduit
    5) manage people/teams towards goals.

    I agree… mostly. I don’t think there’s much of a future in #2 anymore. Command and control systems aren’t scaling like they used to.

    I might offer an alternative to #2, though. Something around Understanding the Customer and Quality through telemetric capabilities.


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