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Davar Ardalan From NPR to AI: An Interview with Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan, founder and storyteller-in-chief of IVOW, talks about how her experience working at NPR helped her launch an AI and storytelling startup. She also discusses how testers, QA analysts, and software engineers are on the front lines of working with users and understanding user engagement, and she explains the importance of finding ways to collaborate with them.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Adam Auerbach A Testing Culture in DevOps: An Interview with Adam Auerbach

Adam Auerbach, head of testing at EPAM Systems, discusses testing in DevOps and why it’s important we instill a testing culture in DevOps organizations. He says DevOps is about enabling teams to do things on their own, and he gives recommendations for some general metrics that teams can start with to measure speed and efficiency.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Seretta Gamba Universal Test Automation Patterns: An Interview with Seretta Gamba

Seretta Gamba, test manager at Steria Mummert ISS GmbH, discusses how she has been working on assembling test automation patterns—solutions that experienced practitioners have already found. She talks about her developmental background and why she is so interested in these patterns, which don't include any code or tools because those will eventually change, while the patterns will remain universal.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Max Saperstone The Future of Test Automation: A Conversation with Max Saperstone

Max Saperstone, director of test and automation at Coveros, chats with TechWell community manager Owen Gotimer about codeless automation, using ROI to drive test automation decisions, and why manual testing is here to stay. Continue the conversation with Max (@max) and Owen (@owen) on the TechWell Hub (hub.techwell.com)!

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Rick Faulise Changing Mindsets around AI: An Interview with Rick Faulise

Rick Faulise, COO at PinkLion, talks about how to get involved in AI and how your company can highly benefit from it. AI has been around for a long time, but he says people need to change their mindsets about it in order to start implanting AI strategies. Rick explains how the bot software works and how it can be extremely useful in gathering information so that testers can look at the data for any program.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Melissa Tondi The Pendulum Swing of Testing: An Interview with Melissa Tondi

Melissa Tondi, QA professional services manager at Rainforest, talks about how fast the role of the tester is changing. She describes it as a pendulum, saying when she first started, everything was very user-focused, and now it is all about the technical teams. Melissa explains why it’s important to have a distribution of both technical and user-focused roles, then gives some strategies to find the right balance.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Kevin Pyles The Joy AI Brings: An Interview with Kevin Pyles

Kevin Pyles, director of QA at Domo Inc., discusses his keynote presentation, “From Zero to AI Hero.” He advises to start small with automation and Python, expanding as you discover how AI can add value to your job. He also talks about getting his hands dirty with AI and building internal tools without being afraid, saying that as a tester, you cannot be fearful of technology—you need to embrace the fun in it.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Stacy Kirk From QA Champion to Testing Hero: An Interview with Stacy Kirk

Stacy Kirk, CEO at QualityWorks Consulting Group, discusses how testers can go from champions of quality to true QA heroes. She says people in testing are the unspoken heroes of software, and details what needs to change so they can find their voices to step up and lead. Stacy also talks about how far women in tech have come and how much value they bring, as well as discusses the challenges she has faced as a female CEO and how much it has taught her, both in and out of the tech world.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Janna Loeffler Getting Testers Out of Their Comfort Zone: An Interview with Janna Loeffler

Janna Loeffler, manager of quality engineering at Ultimate Software, discusses the importance of detailing a test strategy, along with the most crucial aspect: communication. She talks about how testers are often not comfortable saying “I don’t know,” and about how they should get out of their comfort zone to ask for help. She also gives insight into strategies people can take to admit they don’t know without fear, and seeking answers and conversations from others in the testing community.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Melissa Benua Continuous Integration and Process Management: An Interview with Melissa Benua

Melissa Benua, a senior technical lead at mParticle, discusses the wide range of topics she will present at the STARWEST conference, including continuous integration, containers, and process management. She also shares details of the projects her team is working on with deep back-end core features, qualities, and dev tools. Melissa also talks about her involvement with Women Who Test, why she made sure to expose her kids to the events at a young age, and how it reinforces the importance of a work-life balance.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

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