The Challenge of a Lightning Talk

I'm at Belgium Testing Days, and in about 90 minutes, I'll be giving a lightning talk as part of a keynote. I  love lightning talks because I love to talk and I love the challenge of a 5-minute, go-for-broke, get-it-organized, and do-it. And, it's an excuse to drink a lot of cold caffeine in preparation.

The problem I'm having today is this: the topic. I can't decide between: the manager's role in the agile organization (this isn't an agile conference); how we got to think that 100% utilization is reasonable and how to change people's minds (could be boring since I haven't written a lot yet); acknowledging technical debt at all levels (a possibility); why chocolate is like testing (because you never know what you'll find inside). I'm not sure I can carry off enough humor for the chocolate one.

If you comment or tweet quickly enough, I'll be able to listen to you in time to take your comments and tweets into consideration!

5 Replies to “The Challenge of a Lightning Talk”

  1. technical debt: Intriguing! I want to hear/see more on this one. I wonder if it resonates (and think it may do so) with my long held notions about two very closely intertwined things:

    1, The nature of all s/w (and h/w, also, I think) development work is —-creative—-.
    The entire purpose and practice is inventing things that have never existed before — approaches, designs, products, solutions to problems.

    2, The nature of —-managing—- creativity. How does a hierarchy of managers manage the productive accomplishment of people who are doing the inventing?

    If there’s no relationship between your idea and mine, I hope “no harm no foul” applies, but I’m still intrigued about your ideas.


  2. I vote for 100% utilization first and chocolate second.

    Other ways chocolate is like testing: it’s trendy, lots of different names for something that really isn’t that distinct (except maybe fanatics?), it’s not just for the end of the meal, it’s healthy (in moderation?), it’s a limited resource (?), everyone has different tastes, which may change with education (but maybe less so with experience).

  3. I vote for technical debt. I think that too few organizations really get how important this is in decision making at all levels.

    I love the analogy of the car that is in need or repairs because we didn’t keep up on the regular maintenance, and when is it better to just scrap it and buy a new one, because getting the old one back into tolerable condition is too expensive.

  4. I’m way to late to help you with the content of this Lightning Talk … but … an interesting question came up at Steve Berczuk’s presentation on the role of QA on Agile projects for SQGNE. Since JR is the next speaker, Steve told the audience to ask her the question – it appears that there’s no need for a QA Manager in an Agile organization. Is this true? Then there was a discussion about an Agile Manager vs. a Scrum Master, with either being a Development Manager who acted as a project manager. Thoughts???

    1. Carol, actually I’ll be talking about what the QA Manager will do in the Agile organization. It’s different! (Didn’t I give Steve R my abstract?)

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