Last week, I attended the virtual conTEST conference in New York. At the conference I gave my talk about my journey from software testing to product management. You can find the slides here.
Some weeks ago, I was interviewed on the same topic on our corporate product medium blog. In the interview I am talking about my career change from a lead test engineer to a senior product manager. Read the complete interview here.
Every product company wants to deliver great products with high quality to its customers. The delivery or development speed at the same time must get faster without losing the quality of the product. Therefore, companies and especially product managers always try to optimize the software development process to get faster without losing the quality of the product and to be ahead of their competitors.
Well Defined Product Development Strategy
The basis for every company and software development team should be a product strategy. With the help of the strategy a team can derive its own necessary steps, that will help to speed up the development of the product. As a first step, a company or team must identify the market and the target audience the product will be developed for. If this knowledge is available it’s much easier to focus on the needs of the customers and to get into the details. Based on the target audience a development team and especially the product manager in collaboration with UX/ UI colleagues can start with early prototyping.
The early prototypes can be used to talk to the target customers to get first insights about the potential of the new product. This early user involvement will help the team again to focus on the features that really matter to the customers.
However, there are things to improve within a software development team. In my latest article, that I wrote for Applause you can get full insights. The article covers more topics like
Today, I am writing to you – the software testing community – with a special request. I bet you all are affected by the current virus situation as well. If you are active participants at testing meetups and conferences, you might have seen tweets or emails like the following, in the last days.
I am extremely sad for the whole Ministry of Testing family, that they had to cancel already 2 big events this year, TestBash Detroit and TestBash Brighton. If you have ever attended one of the Ministry of Testing events, you know how loving, caring and engaging those events are. In order to support the Ministry of Testing family, I hereby ask you to purchase a pro membership, to support them in what they are doing – creating a lovely and engaging software testing community.
The pro membership is only £249.99/year and is worth it. You get access to 17 expert online courses, 43 Dojo Masterclass recordings and to more than 450 TestBash conference talks. Especially in times where traveling is not allowed by companies, this is the best way to stay connected to the community and to learn more about software testing and other topics.
So I want you, to get to your people manager by today and ask him or her to get the pro membership from your training budget. Keep in mind, that the price for the pro membership is far less than attending ONE conference.
If you have questions around the pro membership, please let me know. I can tell you more about it!
Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post without getting paid by the Ministry of Testing. The Ministry of Testing family did also not ask me to write this blog post! I wrote this blog post on my own initiative to help and support everybody around the Ministry of Testing.