STARWEST 2020 Concurrent Session : Building the QA Team of the 2020s


Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Building the QA Team of the 2020s

This past decade, the QA profession saw incredible, positive growth. As we look into this new decade, the landscape for the role of testers will continue to evolve. QA leaders must continue to learn and employ new strategies to ensure we are building the best teams possible for our organizations. Join tapQA Vice President Kirk Walton for an important look at building an optimal testing/QA team for your organization in the 2020s. He will detail the current and future testing landscape and specific skills that will define the QA professional, including the balance between end-user empathy and technical acumen, and strategies to ensure your team is positioned for success. Kirk will focus on areas to upskill your current team (both business- and technical-focused), and strategies for attracting talent from outside the organization to build the best team possible. You’ll receive a complete list of interview questions, processes, and techniques to identify the right fit for your organization, resulting in much better hires for your team. Learn how to position your organization as the irresistible choice for candidates in today’s unpredictable market, along with actionable ideas for how to set up the current members of your team for maximum success.


Kirk Walton 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time. Kirk established the recruiting practice at tap|QA, a national consulting firm exclusively focused on QA, Test Automation and DevOps. Kirk has a highly successful track record of building strategies to attract, build and retain high-performing teams. Kirk has trained many teams and hiring managers how to seek out “the right fit” for their teams, based on both hard and soft skills, and how to stand out in a “candidate’s market.” Kirk will successfully train hiring managers to have a competitive edge when seeking out the very best talent for their organizations.