STARWEST 2020 Leadership Summit Session: The Six Biggest Test Leadership Mistakes I Made and Still Thrived


Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The Six Biggest Test Leadership Mistakes I Made and Still Thrived

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Ken Johnston has been testing, leading teams, and shipping software at Microsoft for more than twenty years. He even helped write the book, “How We Test Software at Microsoft.” Join Ken as he shares some of his darkest leadership secrets: the big bug he missed and Bill Gates found, the battles he took on and lost, and how those miss-steps didn’t end his career. In fact, sometimes, out of failure, came the greatest growth for him and his teams. Yes, it is possible to step in “it” and still move forward and be successful.

Ken Johnston

Ken Johnston is a frequent keynote presenter, trainer, blogger, and author on software testing and data science. Currently he is the principal data science manager for the Microsoft 360 Business Intelligence Group (M360 BIG). Since joining Microsoft in 1998 Johnston has shipped many products, including Commerce Server, Office 365, Bing Local and Segments, and Windows. For two and a half years he served as the Microsoft director of test excellence. He earned his MBA from the University of Washington, is a coauthor of How We Test Software at Microsoft, and is a contributing author to Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation. You can contact him through Twitter @rkjohnston or read his blogs on data science management on LinkedIn.