Mike Lyles

Director of IT, Maxwell Leadership

Mike Lyles is the Director of IT with Maxwell Leadership. He has over 25 years of experience in IT, coaching, mentoring, and building successful teams with multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies.

As a Maxwell Leadership Certified Team coach, speaker, and trainer, Mike’s goal is to inspire others with value-based leadership and growth principles and to serve others in their journey toward significance and success.

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. He is the author of the motivational book, “The Drive-Thru Is Not Always Faster”.

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 TheDriveThruBook.com .

My Sessions

Wed, September 21, 2022

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

KEYNOTE #2: Discussions Testers Should No Longer Be Having

How many times have you heard statements like, “How did we miss this in test”, “This defect doesn’t happen on my machine”, “We do not need automation”, or “We are waiting on testing to give us the green light”?

Far too often, teams are spending a lot of time diving into discussions that they no longer need to have. This builds frustration, affects team alignment, and can potentially impact the quality and milestones of the project.

Through the years, we have seen a need for processes, tools, and old-school approaches to change. Discussions we needed to have years ago are no longer the same now. There is a need for strategic changes in how we operate within a project and how we communicate across teams.

In this HIGHLY INTERACTIVE presentation, we will discuss many of the well-known phrases, philosophies, and theories around testing of years past, and how that we must overcome the obstacles and be successful today. We will discuss how the dynamics within the teams must change, and most importantly, how you, as a tester, can influence across the organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • Evaluate previous successes in our SDLC and testing processes that now must evolve

  • Group discussion on challenges YOU are facing & suggestions for how to overcome them

  • Suggestions for how we can drive DIFFICULT discussions into solution focused results

  • How to tell if YOUR team is stuck – and what you must do to address it

  • Tips and guidelines for how to best influence across the team and organization.