TestFlix 2021 - Suman Bala - The Test Tribe

TestFlix 2021 – Suman Bala

'TestFlix 2021' - Esteemed Speaker​

Suman Bala

QA Lead at Sky

Atomic Talk Title: Managing Up: Are you a good or bad manager?

Quite a common saying, people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their managers. Throughout my career, I have seen people talking about their managers. Some share how their manager supported them, whereas some said they couldn’t cope up because their manager gave them hard time. I have also seen people progressing through the career ladder because of their tech skills and were given managerial responsibilities without giving any leadership training. I have been fortunate enough to have supporting managers. I feel the role of a leader/manager is to be there for their line reports and give a platform where they can be honest and transparent with their managers so the individuals can grow. So, as a manager, are you tailoring your line management responsibilities according to individuals?


  1. What are the responsibilities of a manager?
  2. Why prioritising your line reports accordingly matters?
  3. How can you support the individuals?


Speaker Bio

Suman Bala is an award-winning QA advocate with a passion for improvement in quality processes and is a strong believer in Test Automation. She feels proud of how people’s perspective has changed regarding testing throughout her career. She is striving to instill the idea that quality is everyone’s responsibility as opposed to merely laying it at the feet of QA. She is a co-organizer for the Ministry of Testing Leeds meet-up. She is a mentor and coach at work and within the wider testing community. She is co-designing and delivering the “Software Testing Bootcamp” sponsored by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.


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