Adam Matłacz
System Test Manager/Test Architect
Adam has 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 System Test Manager and Test Architect at Demant. Outside the office, he passionately shares his experience with testing community by giving talks and organizing workshops on software testing, Leadership and Agile processes. His last project and biggest success is his original workshop "Creative Testing Masterclass" where he teaches a creative approach to testing, thinking outside the box and unconventional testing techniques. Passionate about building teams, shaping culture, exploratory tests and power of human factor in software development. Privately foodie, traveler and book lover. Fun fact about Adam? Once he took part in a contest for the best makeup... and took the first place! He promised that he has a photo that he can share... You can follow his activity on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/adammatlacz or contact via email adam@quare.dev.  
Speech title: 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 and creativity increased tremendously. I want to tell the story of fall and rise of a QA team. I will show my framework for building teams in complex projects and organizations. It's been a year since I was telling my story for the first time. Since then my approach evolved and was refined several times. The talk will tackle the issue of building a Rock Star QA team by the right distribution of leadership. Key Takeaways: • You don’t need to have a formal position to make great changes in the way your team works (sometimes it’s even easier if you don’t have formal power). • Transparency and learning on mistakes is the key for building great teams. • Monolith leadership is inefficient and doesn’t scale to complex setups.  
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