So you want to be a software test manager and are wondering about your decision?
There are plenty of ways to become a software test manager. If you ask current test managers how they got there, these are some of the answers you may get:
- Traditional: They started as a tester; became a test lead and ultimately a manager.
- They were a lead in some other area and a managerial role opened up which they took.
- They have no background at all in any sort of role but were seconded to a Test Manger Role.
- It is part of the career path (particularly applicable to larger organisations).
Regardless of which path you used to get to Software Test Manager there are several common aspects once you are there:
- Metrics are crucial at both the department and project level.
- Much of the management is similar to other management roles.
- Be prepared to communicate a lot and to explain over and over again why things are being done in a particular way.
There is a lot of conferences, user groups or LinkedIn groups that cater to Test Management. One of the better known ones is the QUEST Test Manager’s Workshop.
Due to ongoing evolution, it is critical not to lose your technical edge even as a manager. If you find yourself looking for a job later, it is helpful to be current with at least some aspects of technology. While it may not be an immediate concern it will certainly help..
Some companies will provide career paths for personal and technical development and improvement.
Make sure to join LinkedIn Groups and your local Quality Assurance group. These are great options for networking and finding out other information. Take a look also at straight management groups whether related to testing or not. They have lots of information for you.
So you want to be a software test automator and don't know how to start. There are plenty of ways to become a software test automator and we've talked to a number of people curious about how to break into the field. If you ask current test automators what their...read more
So you want to be a Test Lead and don't know how to start? A Test Lead usually manages the testing for a project or a subset of a projects depending on how big it is and what's required overall. A test lead role is not typically a managerial role but in some cases it...read more
So you want to be a software tester and don't know how to start. There are plenty of ways to become a software tester and we've talked to a number of people curious about how to break into the field. If you ask current testers what their background is here are some...read more
Anticipate the worst and plan for the best The press has been full of the Mars probe crash over the past week. A sensor malfunction caused the onboard computer to think the probe was much closer to the surface than it actually was and triggered a series of actions...read more
NVP Software Solutions will be participating in the following software testing and quality assurance events happening this November in Ontario, Canada. The events are located in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and London in the coming two weeks. Check out the...read more
Getting Value From Quality Management Two weeks ago we provided A How to on Quality Management? This week we want to look how you get Value from Quality Management. We often hear people questioning the value of Quality Management, and rarely hear the same question on...read more
Stress Testing Think of stress testing in software testing as the confirmation that any sudden increase in transactions per unit time can be accommodated by the program being tested and won't cause the program to stop working or degrade its operation in any manner....read more
Quality Management - A How To Three weeks ago we asked Quality Management - Why Bother? This week we want to look at How Quality Management is tackled. A Quality Assurance Manager typically manages the Testing Process of a particular project with a company. This...read more
NVP Software Solutions will be participating in the following two software testing and quality assurance events happening this October in Ontario, Canada. The events are located in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and London in the coming two weeks. Check out the...read more
Volume Testing Volume testing confirms that any values that may become large over time (such as accumulated counts, logs, and data files) can be accommodated by the program and won't cause the program to stop working or degrade its operation in any manner. Risk if not...read more