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  • Anne-Marie Charrett

    Anne-Marie Charrett - 2020 Vision:: Leadership

    45 Mins

    It’s 2020 and a new decade awaits us. 100 years ago, our world was famous for the Russian Revolution and World War 1.

    In our century, we are also facing tremendous upheaval. The bushfires in Australia, floods in Indonesia. We are seeing the impact of climate change before our eyes.

    Technology-wise, agile has become mainstream. Hardware is cheap, CI and CD are commonplace. Robotics and Machine Learning is a reality. This is the age we live in. This is the now.

    How do we begin to plan for such a reality? How do we test software in such an ecosystem? Should we even try? How do we maintain skills, when frameworks change as rapidly as nail varnish on a teenager?

    As leaders in software testing, these are the questions we need to be able to answer. We need leadership now more than ever. We can’t predict the future, but we can prepare ourselves to be able to deal with change, to develop strategies that facilitate rapid learning and rapid change.

    We can upskill our people to be able to handle inconsistency and complexity. To know when technology is beneficial and when to rely on our ability to think critically.

    We must create environments where talent can grow and thrive. We learning (and failure) are embraced. Today is the day, we become the test leaders of the future. Are you with me?

1. What got you started/interested in Testing?

Software Testing chose me when I started testing L2 & L3 Telco protocols against European standards.I was fascinated that while systems could meet requirements they still failed to be able to communicate to each other. They were not fit for purpose. At that point I was hooked. 

2. What has been your best moment/highlight working with Selenium?

The selenium folks are genuine in their desire to promote great software testing. As I understand it their volunteers. To see people dedicated to their craft in this way is something many people in IT understand. I appreciate how they want to work to get the best outcome for attendees. 

3. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by Software Testers today?

There are many challenges. A rapidly changing technology means we are facing consistent change and increasing complexity. Couple that with the need from any business to respond rapidly to market demand. But these are changes everyone in tech has to deal with. From a software testing perspective, there is the need to understand that testing is a skilled activity that demands careful and considered strategies. Developers know that writing code involves a lot more than typing. Software Testing is no different. 

4. What is your advice to testers, who are new to automation?

We all have the capability to learn new things. And to learn new things, sometimes we have to unlearn old things. Be open to learning new ideas and concepts. Be also open to treating any learning as an experiment. The outcome is not fixed. As Margaret Drabble says "When nothing is sure, everything is possible" 

5. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

With rapid change comes uncertainty. How as testers can we personally handle the uncertainty. But also how can we help out teams deal with uncertainty. This is hard for our role, as software testers are seen to provide certainty and confidence. 
I feel the answer lies in our ability to be leaders. Leaders in our ideas, leaders in quality and leaders at a team level. In my keynote I will show you some ways I've worked to create a team that is built to face uncertainty. 

6. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s)?

Uncertainty is the future. Lets Learn how to deal with it. 

7. Any personal message/remarks you want to share with the Testing community in Asia?

You are doing an amazing job! Keep the faith. This conference will be as much a celebration of how the human spirit can overcome black swans that we could never have anticipated.