My Interview with Testing Circus

TestingCircus-Dec2015Through the many years of my career, I have been honored with requests for interviews, articles, and speaking engagements.

In December 2015, I was asked for an interview by Testing Circus.  So many great things have happened throughout my life, and I feel this interview captures not only my work within software testing, but also gives the reader some background on things that have happened to me along the way.  It also gives some insights and suggestions that I have on leadership, interviewing, growing leaders for the future, and many other great topics.

I hope that you get a chance to read it.  You can check it out at the following link:

Testing Circus Magazine – December 2015 – Interview with Mike Lyles

 

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The Best STPCon Ever Is Coming!

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 8.26.08 PMIf you love software testing, a great conference awaits you in October!  STPCon is holding our Fall 2015 conference in Boston this year, October 5-8.  (Make sure you see the bottom of this article for a REGISTRATION DISCOUNT CODE before you leave!)

I began speaking with STPCon back in 2012.  I have been privileged to be part of the sessions, workshops, and even a keynote.  Over the past year, I have been fortunate to be part of a community advisory board (CAB) that has reviewed and selected great presentations for the last three events.

A few months ago, I was honored with being named the Director of Strategy for Software Test Professionals (STP).  I will be involved in building out the future events for this conference, as well as non-conference events that are coming very soon!  I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the conferences that I have been part of over the past couple of years, but there is a special place in my heart for STPCon.

If you are a software tester there is something for you at this conference.  We have tracks for hands on testing, test automation, performance testing, mobile testing, and test management.  Each track is packed full with great topics, great speakers, and a commitment to impress the audiences.

Just take a look at some of the great speakers we have with us in October:

  • James Bach will be giving a keynote on Thursday morning.  But..wait!! There’s MORE!!  James has agreed to spend the day with us at STPCon, conducting four  1-hour sessions across multiple topics.
  • If you’re a fan of test automation, you will not want to miss Jason Huggins, the father of selenium, as well as Elfriede Dustin, who both will be providing keynotes on Wednesday.
  • Workshops take place Monday and Tuesday with the following highlights:
    • The popular test automation track returns with multiple presentations throughout the two days from Joseph Ours, Dave Mamanakis, Benjamin Lamb, Geoff Horne, Ahkil Patel, and Doug Hoffman.
    • STPCon brings back premier speakers to the event once again:
      • Smita Mishra delivers two workshops – her tutorial on “Implementing Business Context to Test Heuristics Model”, and “Who’s Your Data” – a new workshop that covers the topic of Big Data, Enterprise Data Warehouse, and the ETL Process
      • Eric Proegler will give us insights on “Interpreting and Reporting Performance Test Results”
      • Andy Grabner gives us his popular “Applications Performance Clinic”
      • Dawn Haynes returns to STPCon to speak on “10 Things Your Stakeholders Need to Know About Testing (but don’t)”
      • Leonidis Hepis brings back his workshop on “Personality Types: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Others”
    • I will be presenting my latest topic “Visual Testing: It’s Not What You Look At, It’s What you See” as a workshop on Tuesday.
    • We also introduce new STPCon speakers to the workshops: Johanna Rothman, Mary Thorn, Carsten Feilberg, Ilari Henrik, Ben Kelly, and Robin Goldsmith.
  • One-Hour Sessions take place on Wednesday and Thursday.  There are so many great speakers lined up:
    • James Bach, Paul Grizzaffi, Smita Mishra, Damon Synadinos, Mark Tomlinson, Jim Trentadue, Melissa Tondi, Matthew Eakin, Mary Thorn, Andreas Grabner, Doug Hoffman, Michal Stryjak, Carlo Cadet, James Sivak, Wayne Ariola, Joseph Ours, John Ruberto, Manoj Pahuja, Dave Mamanakis, Justin Rohrman, James Pulley, Bradley Baird, Jessica Ingrassellino, Bob Small, Silvia Siquera, Craig Ayres, Terri Chu, Bill Nicholson, Geoff Horne, Anthony Kless, and Alexander Podelko

You must check out each of the presentations and descriptions at: The STPCon Website .

So what are you waiting for?  Have you signed up yet?  Are you ready to come?

Well… let me give you one more incentive…

If you register with my discount code “STPF15LYLES” you get an extra 10%

Early Bird registration ends in August – maximize your savings and we will see you in Boston!

The Joy of Speaking

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I have been speaking at conferences and events for several years now.  But this past week (Aug 4-6, 2015) was an awesome experience.

I was honored to be invited to speak at two conferences during the same week.  At both of the conferences, I shared my topic “Visual Testing: It’s Not What You Look At, It’s What You See”.  In this topic, we reviewed how that our eyes sometimes see something that our brains do not notice.  Many times these things are right in front of your face, yet you don’t see it.  We talked about how the brain works, and how that testers can improve their skills by noticing their “Inattentional Blindness”.

06 - CAST01I started my week in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the CAST 2015 conference.  After speaking there on Wednesday, August 5, I then jumped on a plane and headed to Washington, DC, where I would then speak at the Agile 2015 conference on Thursday, August 6.

If you’re interested in what I was speaking, you can view the slides on slideshare at the following link:

My Visual Testing Slides – at Slideshare

I hope you get a chance to look at pictures that I took from the conference.  They can be found at my Facebook page below:

My Facebook Page – Conference Pictures

Follow my Facebook page at: Mike Lyles Business Facebook Page

Follow me on Twitter at: Mike Lyles on Twitter

What the 80’s Taught Me About Software Testing – the Presentation!

Me in 1987!
Me in 1987!

Back in April 2014, I had the privilege of getting to present a keynote at STPCon in New Orleans, LA called “What the 80’s Taught Me About Software Testing”.  This was one of my most favorite presentations, and the research, the work involved in gathering all of the data to make this come to life was thrilling!  I had so much material that I could have talked for a whole day on the subject, but since it was a one hour presentation, I condensed it.

My question to you, readers, is this….if I were to put all of this into an e-book, would you consider buying it?  If so, please comment and let me know.  I think we could add at ton more material than even was in the presentation.

 

PacMan_GoodBut for now, I wanted to share with you the presentation, which, thanks to the Software Test Professionals team, is housed on their website for you to view the slides and listen to the audio file.  I hope you enjoy listening to it and following along as I did putting it together.  If you were actually THERE, there is still room to learn something new each time you listen to it!

Thanks for following and check out this link for the presentation:

http://www.softwaretestpro.com/Item/5929/Keynote-Address-What-the-80’s-Taught-Me-About-Testing/Testing-Trends

NOTE: You will need an account with STP to view the link.  However, there is a free version if you wanted to try it out first.

I’ll be speaking at the SDLC Acceleration Summit in May 2014!

What a great opportunity and honor.  I have been invited to speak at the SDLC Acceleration Summit in San Francisco, CA on May 13, 2014!

I will be a panelist discussing the following topic “Game Changers: Best Practices for Development, Test, and Release“.

Read more about this conference at the following link:  http://www.sdlcsummit.com/

Read about the agenda for this conference at this link: http://www.sdlcsummit.com/agenda/

Read about our panel discussion at this link: http://www.sdlcsummit.com/schedule/best-practices-for-test-release-and-delivery/

If you’re in the area – please join us!

Don’t Miss these STP Testing Interviews!

STP has two interviews coming this week…..check them out.

 STP Radio Live:  What the 80’s Taught Me About Testing

With: Mike Lyles – Sr QA Manager, Lowe’s Companies, Inc

Get an inside scoop from International Keynote speaker Mike Lyles as he discusses his upcoming keynote presentation: “What the 80’s Taught Me About Testing

Mike is an STP Advisory member, performance tester, and passionate about organizational leadership. Rich Hand will ask him difficult questions like: “Who was you favorite 80’s band?” and other relevant testing questions. It should be fun!

LISTEN LIVE: Tuesday, March 11th – 5pm Eastern

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STP Radio Live:  Interview with Perf Testing Pro Mark Tomlinson!

With: Mark Tomlinson, Independent Performance Engineer, West Evergreen Consulting, LLC

Join STP Conference advisory member, performance tester, speaker, and testing pro as he answers probing and critical questions like: ” what is your favorite brand of scotch?” and other such interesting questions. Rich Hand, host of the upcoming STPCon in New Orleans will interview Perf Bytes host Mark Tomlinson and ask host type questions. It should be fun!

LISTEN LIVE: Monday, March 10th – 3pm Eastern

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Please Take this Quick Test Metrics & Measurement Survey!!

Calling all Testing Professionals and Practitioners……

I need your inputs for a very short survey I am conducting on Test Metrics & Measurement.

Please share this link on your social networks, with all of your friends, and ask them to take this survey!  We will be doing this for the next 3 weeks – with plans to wrap up before end of February and begin tallying the results.

Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MikeLylesMetricsSurvey