STARWEST 2022 Concurrent Session : Software Testing from Individual Contributor to Management


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Software Testing from Individual Contributor to Management

Software testing is a critical role for any organization. When you are a individual contributor you are putting your heart and soul to identifying how the qualify the software and finding edge cases to make sure you find the defects before your customer. So you are adding the value to the bottom line. When you want to excel your career in Software Testing in management role, what does that mean? How you make the difference? How to make that transition from doing it all by yourself to delegate and make it work as a team? What is important for the first time manager? What makes a good manager from a good test engineer?
I will provide the Mindset shift to make the software testing journey from an individual contributor lenses to a management lenses. The Test Manager must understand how testing fits into the organizational structure, in other words, clearly define its role within the organization. In order to be successful as a QA Leader, you need to be an effective communicator, problem-solver, detail orientated, adaptable, and use your time efficiently. You need to be a confident team player who can negotiate for his/her team and unblock any obstacle your team might encounter.

Palo Alto Networks

Dilruba is a Software QA Manager, at Palo Alto Networks leading the IoT Security QA team. Dilruba has extensive experience in hands-on end-to-end software testing as well as leading and managing engineering teams. She has worked for both large and startup companies including Microsoft, Cisco, RetailNext, and Hitachi. Dilruba has graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. She also completed her MS degree in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University. Dilruba is active in Women in Technology networks, speaking at events, and inspiring people. She enjoys acrylic painting and traveling in her free time.