Everyone is talking about diversity, but how does it apply to testing, and does it really matter? I would argue that diversity always matters, but especially in testing where we act as user advocates. Diversity also drives innovation, and by surrounding ourselves with people who are not like us, we tend to ask more and better questions.
An organization can mandate a diverse workforce, but for diversity to be sustainable we need an inclusive environment, which in turn requires inclusive leadership. Inclusive leaders realize that diversity is multi-faceted, and they don’t focus on just focus on one aspect of diversity, e.g. gender or ethnicity. Inclusive leaders also understand that each individual is a conglomerate of identities and that we cannot address a lack of diversity by viewing people as “building blocks” that each adds one dimension, or unit, of diversity.
Let’s talk about what diversity means, why it matters and why software testing is a good place to start when trying to make the technology industry more diverse. In an interactive discussion, we will create our own definition of diversity in testing and develop a toolkit for growing as inclusive leaders, whether formally in a leadership role or not.