Take my Testing Survey today!

If you are in software testing – please take my testing survey. It’s very short – just a few questions and mostly multiple choice!

I am compiling responses to this survey to share in an upcoming conference presentation in a few months.

Please share this blog/link with your friends in testing and ask them to take the survey as well.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

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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

What is the “State of Testing” today?

Have you ever looked back and realized how much IT has progressed in the past 5-10 years?  It seems like we have used ipods for much longer than the October 2001 release of the device.  The iphone didn’t come out until 2007, the Samsung Galaxy until 2009, and the iPad was not a household name until April 2010.

I’m not telling you this because I keep up with Apple history.  What I want you to realize is that while technology has grown so quickly through the years, especially the last 5-10, so has the advances in the testing community.  I, myself, have seen the most changes in the last 2-5 years.  However, we don’t have a good historical view of the advances that we have experienced

If you have been in testing for any amount of time, you know there has been a lot of activity, evolution, and advancement over the last 5-10 years.  However, this information is not centrally stored and recorded.  I recently learned that Lalit Bhamare with Tea-time with Testers., and Joel Montvelisky (his blog is found at QA Intelligence – a QABlog) were creating a survey to review the state of testing, and to attempt to centralized the advances in the testing world over the last 5-10 years.

The survey is in progress, and it is going to run for 10 days.  Don’t miss out to let your voice be heard.  Your input is so greatly crucial to helping this project be as successful and accurate as it possibly can!

Please go out immediately and take this survey.  Hundreds have taken it already, and you can be part of it too!  The link is below:

TAKE-THE-SURVEY-HERE

But there’s more that you can do!  Share this link on all of your social media sites and help these guys get more of the testing community involved.

While I’m not involved in creating this survey, analyzing the results, or compiling the report, I do strongly support this and hope that you can too!

A Day In the Life of a Test Manager

NOTE: Please review the last of this post if you are interested in an upcoming e-book.

During the last 4 months, I conducted a research project for an area I felt would be a great conference presentation on test managers.  My goal was to do the following:

  • Interview experts and practitioners in the field on three discussion questions
  • Create a 50 question survey
  • Initiate discussions on my blog regarding test managers and test management
  • Initiate discussions on multiple LinkedIn sites for test managers and test management

Through the four months, I was able to gather input, quotes, and feedback from over 10 experts and practitioners in the field.  I received an enormous outpouring of support and notes through the blog sites and LinkedIn groups.  I was amazed at the amount of valuable data that was provided throughout the course of this research.

The most awesome part of the research project and data gathering was that my survey resulted in 275 survey takers, and the most revealing part of this was the three discussion questions at the end of my survey which were:

  • Why did you want to be a Test Manager? (173 out of 275 gave detailed responses)
  • What 3 to 5 things would you do differently if you had the authority to choose how your day would look?  (148 out of 275 gave detailed responses)
  • Which topics within your organization do you feel there is a lack of alignment or agreement? (136 out of 275 gave detailed responses)

I was able to condense the overflowing data into a 75 min presentation, which I shared at the Software Test Professionals Conference (STPCon) on April 23, 2013.  You can see the presentation on YouTube (see below)

My next step is to compile all of the interviews, responses, survey notes, and other valuable data into a detailed e-book on the subject, and once published, I will share with everyone for a very affordable price.  If you are interested in this e-book and would like to be notified when it is ready you can do one of the following:

  • Add your email to the blog (over on the right) to be notified when I add new blog updates/posts (least favorable, probably)
  • Post a comment on this post with your email I can use to notify you of updates to the e-book
  • Email me at mikewlyles@gmail.com and let me know you’d like to be notified when the e-book is ready

I want to thank everyone who contributed to the survey, to the experts that gave their time and quotable material, to all those who posted on my blog, to those who joined in on conversations in LinkedIn, and also to Software Test Professionals for giving me the opportunity to share the information with a very large attending group at the conference!  Without you guys, none of this would have been possible!

Best Regards,

Mike

Test Manager Survey – Running Now Through Saturday, March 23

** NOTE ** DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE I AM WRAPPING UP THE SURVEY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 23, TO ALLOW ME TO START COMPILING THE RESULTS AMD START MY PRESENTATION EARLY. IF YOU HAVEN’T TAKEN THE SURVEY YET PLEASE TAKE IT BEFORE END OF DAY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD **

If you’re in the testing profession, especially if you’re a Test Manager, I am reaching out to everyone to get input for a survey that I have created to pull information related to Test Managers and the profession.

I am using this information to review within a presentation that I am preparing for the Software Test Professionals conference in San Diego, CA (STPCon) April 22-25, 2013.

Please go to the following link and take the survey – the questions are very simple and should only take a few mins to go through and respond. Also, please share the link with all that you know that could submit responses as well. Here’s the link!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mike-lyles-test-manager-survey

Thank you so much in advance for your help!

What do YOU know about Test Managers?

Calling all testing professionals, practitioners, and enthusiasts!

I’m working on the material for my STPCon presentation “A Day In The Life of a Test Manager” in San Diego (April 22-25,2013) and I’m soliciting your inputs on specific areas you would like to discuss in the course. As I wrap up my own plans and ideas, I’d like to pull in specific input from this forum to add additional material to the presentation.

The following is the description of the presentation

Test Managers: the world is full of them. But do we really know what they do? Does your organization agree on the core roles and responsibilities? The answer is probably “No” for many organizations. This session will examine the day-to-day life of past and present test managers, case studies on their practices, review results of a survey taken among various test managers, and suggestions on which responsibilities need to be core in a successful quality organization.

I plan to have topics regarding Test Managers and Test management that are common among all organizations as debate items – specific discussions where half the room may feel one way and the other half feel another way.

Some questions that I am currently polling various groups on are:

  1. How would you describe the roles, responsibilities of a Test Manager? What are the skill sets that successful future Test Managers should possess?
  2. What are the challenges of the Test Manager Role in your view? Does the role vary a lot across industry or the core of the role remains same always? How important is People Management as a skill required for a Test Manager role? What weightage (%) would you give it in the role for a TM.
  3. Which are the major conflict zones in a testing organization , internally within themselves and externally with the other teams – PMO, Development , SCM, Release Management team, Maintenance team , Environment teams .

I appreciate any inputs you have or areas where, if you were an attendee to a conference presentation of this title, would want to see discussed.

Thanks in advance for your inputs and help!!  Please add your ideas, notes, suggestions, questions, comical remarks, or just simply your support as comments below!!!

NOTE: Come back in a few days – I will be posting a survey for which I will be putting together questions that both I (and each of YOU!!) have put together, for a survey on Test Managers, which will be used to share the results with conference attendees!