The Three Facets of Test Management
Let’s face it. Some folks would rather have teeth pulled than be a test manager. A test manager needs to be a manager of people, a communicator, a strategist, a diplomat, a planner, a consultant, a scheduler, an advocate—and a crystal ball gazer. So how can we cover all of these requirements and be effective at each one? Geoff Horne believes the key is to recognize the three main facets of test management: determining the test architecture, and establishing and managing the governance processes around it; strategizing and planning testing to ensure it remains on schedule, and reporting on progress; and managing the day-to-day activity of the test team and its requirements. Geoff explains what each of these is, how to separate and recognize the requirements for each, and how to become as adept as you can at managing each facet. Learn where your current skill set and experience fit in, and explore where you can focus your efforts to enhance your skills and be better prepared for future programs and projects.