Levi Siebens, Vertafore
Organizational change is a hard thing to accomplish and so few people I’ve worked with understand how to do that in a sustainable / impactful way. Typically this leads to members of a team focusing on what’s “good enough” as opposed to what may be possible. This is due to either a lack of understanding on how to influence or frustration with attempts at influencing that have been ineffective.
This talk will walk through the different trials and tribulations I’ve had in impacting organizational wide change as I’ve grown throughout my career and how that uniquely impacts the quality assurance discipline. I’ve had a variety of experiences from small organizations (Mantis / Vertafore) to very large organizations (Amazon, Microsoft) which each had their own unique challenge in impacting change. I will talk through some of the stories of both success stories I’ve had (setting test discipline standards, cross company automation infrastructure development / rollouts) and some of the failures (not influencing correctly and being blocked by management, not convincing others to join in cross team efforts) as a way of highlighting various principles around influencing others.
This talk is not meant to be a “how to become a manager” or “what to do when you have authority” talk. It is meant to share how to create positive change regardless of your role in an organization.