The QA manager was great. Not only did the boss understand and support your drive to learn more by attending conferences, but he or she even allowed you to read articles and interact with the testing community on company time. When someone sought a scapegoat when a bug slipped into production, the manager fought back and left the team out of the political maneuvering. Of course, you only recognize this acutely now that someone else noticed and has hired or promoted your mentor away from you. Things are going to change, and you’re afraid not for the better. Although things are going to be different, you can follow certain steps to ease your own transition. Your organization might hire, transfer, or promote someone to lead. (The Powers That Be might even promote you, but if that’s the case, you’ve got other things to worry about than learning to work with a new manager.) This article describes some things to consider when facing this situation.