Testing is an important stage of software and web development processes that should not be overlooked. Test manager is a key person bearing responsibility for the testing performance. Thus, he should possess some trait essential for executing tests effectively.
Here are the 7 features we see as key traits for any test manager to have.
Test managers have to effectively communicate the information to developers, project managers, business stakeholders and other people with different needs. Since test managers operate with data a lot, they should ensure that the data is delivered to and understand by every person involved in the testing process.
- Political Agility
Since you job as a test manager is to organize the testing team’s work and see that the project meets its deadline, you have to influence and motivate people to work somehow. You key features here should be a politically astute manner, tactfulness, sticking to the facts and authority.
- Time Management
As testing is often pressed for time, stressful and hectic, you should exercise wise time management so that to acutely respond to such situations like a critical failure to the test system, some changes to the test plan in the last minutes, emergent staffing issue and weekly reporting on the process status altogether.
- Technical Ability
No matter what your background is like, if you want to succeed at your post as a test manager, you should have sufficient technical ability in order to get credit with test developers and engineers.
- Attention to Detail
To ensure the test team has a proper test coverage test managers are required to know details of test cases and requirements as well as the overall testing status, the reasons planned test cases failed to be executed, the major defects’ exact status etc.
- Analytical Ability
A must for a test manager is to truly understand what stands beyond each number in test statistics and be able to teach this knowledge to other members in your team.
- Testing Discipline
If you want to lead the team of testers, you have to be really good at testing yourself and know such things like building a test strategy and plan, writing and planning test cases, effective usage of testing tools, conducting exploratory testing and many others to provide help when the staff needs it.
Possessing the features given above will ensure that you are a professional test manager.