QA Role in Scrum: Leveraging Agile for Defect Prevention

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Update February 19, 2014...  Another great evening presenting on Agile Quality!  This time at AgilePDX in Portland.  Many thanks to Diana Larsen for the invite, and to everyone who attended for the great conversation!

Links to the white-paper and slides here (or slides with animation here.)

East coast Agile enthusiasts: Hope to see you in April at QUEST 2014 in Baltimore!

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Managing Idiosyncratic Talent – HBR blog

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One of my favorite aspects of management is finding the core brilliance in each person, and figuring out how to help that brilliance take center stage in his or her work.  In addition to not trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, sometimes this also means helping people get out of their own way.

This is highlighted in an interesting interview with Robert D. Austin on managing “idiosyncratic talent”.  He suggests that we can avoid “leaving good talent on the table” by rethinking our ideas of how people need to “fit in” in order to be employable, and uses software testers in a successful Danish company as a prime example.