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STARWEST 2021 - Leadership Summit Sessions

Friday, October 8

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT1

Opening Remarks

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 8:00am to 8:15am

Welcoming remarks from Leadership Summit Moderator, Jeffery Payne to kick the Summit off and discuss the days agenda.

Janna_Loeffler
Equinox Media
SMT2

Do Not Assure Quality, Advocate for it!

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 8:15am to 9:15am

As software testing professionals, we know there is never enough time for testing. There are always going to be those issues and bugs that slip through the cracks and out into production. Many times, this is because there was something that we could just not control in order to assure quality. Even if we could control everything, could we still really assure quality? Exhaustive testing is never possible for large-scale applications meaning we will always have to assume some amount of risk. As testing leaders, it's time to stop trying to assure quality and start advocating for it. Only...

Amy Smidutz
Netflix
SMT4

Perceptive Leadership

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 9:15am to 10:15am

When I was a new leader, I spent a considerable amount of time figuring out what I needed to learn to become the type of leader who created the best experiences possible for my team. Many books, articles, and speakers emphasized having empathy and high emotional intelligence. These were often described as fundamental traits you either had or didn’t have. It took years of practice and experience to fully understand not only why these skills matter for great leaders, but also how to develop them, apply them, and get better using them every day. I learned these skills (and more) were at the...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT3

Think Tank Discussion Part I—Problem Definitions

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30pm

Join with your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that affect you most. Using answers to the question “As a Leader, What is Keeping You Up at Night?”, participants will form small groups to work on finding solutions to pressing test management issues. Discussions will review identified issues, barriers to change, and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank, all feedback will be collected and posted online to encourage further collaboration.

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT4

Think Tank Discussion Part II—Leadership Solutions

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Based upon the problem definitions developed during Part I of the Think Tank, small groups will brainstorm on how to best solve these challenges, leveraging the collective wisdom of peers and Summit speakers. Each group will designate a representative to present its results and practice delivery.

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT5

Think Tank Discussion Part III—Presentation of Results

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Small group representatives will each be given five minutes to present their leadership solutions. Summit participants will vote on which group produced the best solutions.

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT6

Wrap-Up

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 1:45pm to 2:00pm

Wrap-up of the Leadership Summit.