Agile + DevOps West 2022 Concurrent Session : Leadership: From Monolith to Pebbles


Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Leadership: From Monolith to Pebbles

When working with medical products, the verification process can be a real pain – especially when dealing with completely new QA team, complex hardware/software setup and collaboration of multiple scattered teams. My first release as a System Test Manager was a real struggle – stress, overtime, exceeding deadlines and a lot of uncertainty. But I’ve learned my lesson and focused on preparing and building the team with the right skill set and competencies. Now each team member is a leader in his own field, with set of responsibilities and me acting as a glue to hold them all together. Motivation, focus on details of the tasks and team velocity have increased tremendously. Work is less stressful and management more happy with the results. I want to tell the story of fall and rise of a team in complex project and environment. I will show my framework for building teams in complex projects and organizations. The talk will tackle the issue of building a Rock Star QA team by the right distribution of leadership.


Adam Matłacz have spent his whole professional life in the IT in different roles - tester, consultant, pre-sales engineer, business analyst, scrum master and Agile Coach. Now he works as full-time Senior Project Leader at Demant. Outside the office, he passionately shares his experience with community by giving talks and organizing workshops on software testing, Leadership and Agile processes. He develops the test community within the MeetCast group ( A world-class experts are invited for a meetup to share knowledge and experiences. Passionate about building teams, shaping culture, exploratory tests and power of human factor in software development.   Privately foodie, traveler and book lover.