Mike Lyles

Director of QA and Project Management, Bridgetree

Mike Lyles is a Director of QA and Project Management with over 25 years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, software configuration management, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization.

Mike has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring of IT & QA professionals. Mike has been an international keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events, and is regularly published in testing publications and magazines. His first published motivational book, “The Drive-Thru is Not Always Faster”, was released in 2019.

You can learn more about Mike at www.MikeWLyles.com where you can also find his social media links and connect with him there also. His book site is at www.TheDriveThruBook.com .

My Sessions

Mon, September 20, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

KEYNOTE: Testing is Not a 9 to 5 Job


In the past Olympics, we watched as Michael Phelps did something that no other Olympian had ever managed to accomplish. He won more gold medals than ever before. We spent weeks watching as he won gold medals time after time.

It’s easy for someone to imagine that athletes such as Phelps are born winners. It’s easy to think that it’s in their DNA to experience such greatness. What many fail to realize is that while Phelps showed us his master skills in swimming for a few weeks, he prepared for these events for many months and years. He spent day after day practicing, refining his techniques, modifying his strategies, and improving his results.

Being an expert tester is no different. While the art and craft of testing and being a thinking tester is something that is built within you, simply going to work every day and being a tester is not always enough. Each of us has the opportunity to become “gold medal testers” by practicing, studying, refining our skills, and building our craft.

In this presentation, we will evaluate extracurricular activities and practices that will enable you to grow from a good tester to a great tester.

Key Takeaways:

  • Inputs from the testing community on how they improve their skills.

  • Suggestions for online training and materials which should be studied.

  • How to leverage social media to interact with the testing community.

  • Contributions you can make to the testing community to build your brand.