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Friday, June 4 • 10:30 - 11:10
Focusing on People Skills: My Journey into Leadership

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There is a big focus in the market on testers learning how to code and becoming more ‘technical’. But what about the other skills that allow us to be successful? Specifically, our people skills. When I started out as a software tester, my main focus was on developing my coding abilities. I watched tutorial after tutorial and constantly pushed myself towards being able to write automated tests. Something didn’t feel right. This didn’t motivate me on its own. My alternative? Alongside improving my technical skills, I was going to work on developing my people skills. Building great software is always about solving people problems. By reading books such as ‘Radical Candor’ and ‘Becoming a Technical Leader’, gathering feedback from managers and colleagues and reflecting on my own behaviours, I was able to progress into a leadership role. I would like to share how I’ve progressed from being a junior tester to a test lead by displaying values such as empathy, honesty and humility, and how you can too.

Key takeaways:
  • Ways to improve your people skills - including reading, gathering feedback and self-reflection.
  • What values to display to your team to gain their trust - including humility, honesty and empathy.
  • How focusing on people skills, alongside tech, can advance your career in testing.

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Ali Hill

Continuous Delivery Consultant, ECS Digital
Ali is a Continuous Delivery Consultant currently working for digital transformation consultancy ECS. He began his career as a software tester and went on to spend five years in various software testing roles. Passionate about quality, he has always focused on how to improve his teams... Read More →

Friday June 4, 2021 10:30 - 11:10 EEST