STARWEST 2024 Tutorial: Agile Test & Transformation Leadership in Action


Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Agile Test & Transformation Leadership in Action

Leading and driving change in our companies, organizations, and teams can be as difficult as pushing a wet rope uphill! Even with the best processes and tools, we may not achieve our business and customer satisfaction goals when our environment is stuck in the status quo. Ultimately, transforming an organization is about changing culture. Our values, beliefs, goals, assumptions, purpose, priorities, and other factors influence culture. Test managers and leaders are critical players in driving cultural change. Mike Sowers will explore the key attributes of being a Test Transformation Leader. He discusses testing agility, how to develop and grow your agility, approaches for developing critical relationships, and leading cultural change in testing and the broader organization. He'll discuss your responsibilities in shaping organizational testing and a quality culture that is; inclusive, safe, empowered, aligned, and results-focused. Being an influential leader and change agent includes vision, communication, trust, feedback, and results. You'll learn how to identify and leverage your strengths as an inspirational leader who truly walks their talk. In this collaborative workshop, you'll have the opportunity to interact with your peers and hear practical examples of driving change. You will secure insights on how to close the gaps on your influential leader and change agent skills. You will leave with an understanding of Transformational Leadership in action from a Test Manager perspective to help you increase your contributions to accelerating change in your company.


Mike Sowers has over forty years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed IT teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their agile software development, testing, and DevOps delivery approaches. Mike is an industry leader regularly speaking and teaching at technology conferences to share his extensive knowledge with leaders at all levels.

Mike has worked with companies—including Fidelity Investments, PepsiCo, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, NorthWestern Mutual Financial, John Deere, Lockheed and the US Army — to improve development approaches, increase software quality, reduce time to market, and decrease costs. With his passion for helping teams deliver software faster, better, and cheaper, Mike has mentored and coached senior software leaders, project teams, and direct contributors worldwide.