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Just curious about the size of the teams you manage, and what you do day to day, besides chat on here. I have 1 direct report right now, which is not much of a challenge, though I am trying to get another tester in here. I do hands on when needed, looking over auto tools that may help us, but not much else. Like I said, not much to manage with one person.
At the moment, I directly manage a team of 4, and have additional responsibilities for another team of 4 and another team of 5.
And besides posting here, I mostly prepare for and attend meetings:
We have a project meeting like once a week. I run a Kanban meeting everyday so everyone is on the same page as to where we are with the latest release, but other than that, not too many meetings. We do have a new President starting next week, so we'll be meeting with him. Should be interesting. My last Manager job I had 10 Direct reports. Was always hopping!!
It obviously depends on the corporate structure and maturity of the processes. I am am IT Director over our Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE) which is just forming. The goal is in the next 6 months to bring everyone that does software testing full time under this one organization; formalize and mature our processes as the goal. Day to day right now is all about the QA (vs. QC) reviewing what we are doing and why and trying to become more efficient and trying to make sure we keep the yard sticks moving on executing change, while keeping the team motivated (not to mention keeping the wheels on the bus for the day to day project testing - in the current non-efficient methods).
We have a total IT shop size of about 220 people but only 11 dedicated to testing...the ratio is way off and need to get more hands to help so we can produce better quality.
It will be big deal if you start managing multiple project teams. You need to prepare different kind of plans, reports etc.. Will be fully occupied, if you didn't identify next level leaders..
I am the VP of Software Quality Assurance for a large financial institution. I have 4 direct report managers, who each have 2 to 3 direct report managers with many people under each of them. I have a total rollup of about 185 people including FTE (about 50 FTEs) and contractors. Our development shop is roughly 1,000 people including FTE and contractors. My current teams comprise the Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE - typical testing groups), Test Management (i.e. Testing Project Managers for large strategic projects), Test Environments Management, Test Data Management, Performance Testing/Engineering, and Test Automation.
Like Joe S. I spend 90% of my time in meetings, mostly with other senior management staff to make sure our QA and Testing strategies align with the rest of the organization such as development, operations and engineering. I spend most of my "non-meeting" time working with my managers on strategies and roadmap activities for my teams.