Maryam Umar


I work in London as a Quality Engineering Manager of a travel-tech firm. I started my career over 16 years ago as a QA test engineer in the finance and mobile industry. After transitioning to the eCommerce sector, I performed QA in various capacities for online restaurant and travel services. I continue to work in QA as a manager now with special focus on sustainable delivery practices. I pay special attention to team dynamics and ensuring engineers are in roles which give them a sense of purpose. In addition to this, I have been a keen advocate of creating and sustaining diverse teams by speaking at schools and universities to educate students about what a creative space the technology sector can be.

About the Presentation

Engineering Manager in Test
Session Speech


When I started in a leadership role, I was advised to look into finding mentors who I can work with to help chalk out a good direction for my professional growth. At the time, I did not understand the difference between mentoring and coaching. Conversations with a few noted mentors revealed that some of the tools I needed already existed but I did not know how to use them.

In this talk, I will discuss my journey through personal and professional coaching. Both aspects of coaching help in understanding your potential and discovering what’s the best way to exercise that potential. Coaching has proved to be highly useful especially in the world of leading technical testers and engineers. I will also mention some techniques on combating stress and balancing demand for delivery in this high-paced environment.