Chapter 9. The Triumph of Politics: Organizational Challenges for Test Managers

"Office politics." We all use the phrase, usually to connote something negative about a coworker, department, or company. At one time or another, we've all undoubtedly made a comment such as this: "Oh, you know Jim—he's so political."

To some extent, I hesitate to use the term politics—the euphemisms management considerations or soft skills seem less negative— but the word is apt for three reasons. First, as a manager, you must be sensitive to political realities, some of which are unique to test management. Second, politics in the electoral sense is described as "the art of compromise," and that is certainly an art you must master in a typical hardware or software development organization. Finally, politics is also the art of managing relationships that involve power, authority, and responsibility.

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