INSP4 – Learning Culture: Adapt or Die

November 8, 2023 from 13:50 to 14:30

Speaker: Phil Royston, Tesena (CZ)

Having wandered reluctantly into IT about 30 years ago, Phil’s first contact with formal testing came unexpectedly in 2002 when he was told that he would become the Test Manager on the project he was working on. Maybe it was fate, but it seems he found his true calling. He eventually became the guy they called when there was a “problem in testing”. But after a few years of fire-fighting on those troubled projects, he began to tire and wonder if there wasn’t a better way. So ten years ago he co-founded a software testing start-up Tesena in Prague with a mission to change the testing world.

Does this sound familiar to you? You are facing ever bigger and more complicated challenges in your IT transformation. You are missing both the people and the skills that you need. Your current team seems to lack the motivation to learn new skills. Your top talents are leaving, and your HR department is pulling their hair out because they cannot even find replacements for the people who left. In his talk „Learning Culture: Adapt or Die“, Phil will share his personal experience about finding the solution to this problem in his company. They have tried to focus on people’s development from the beginning. Eight years ago, their first employees were hired through a junior talent recruitment program with a 4-day training program. This junior program now takes six weeks of intensive study and experience-building. They have been forced to constantly update and experiment with how to support the learning culture. Sometimes they have succeeded, sometimes they have, unfortunately, failed.