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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
Max Saperstone Excavating the Testing Pyramid: An Interview with Max Saperstone

Max Saperstone, director of test and automation at Coveros, discusses the different types of tests that Selenium helps with, as well as why Selenium is very fragile. He also gets into the testing pyramid and how the layers of the pyramid work break down, the distinction between testing and checking, and which tests developers should be responsible for.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Chris Loder An Open Source Framework for Automation: An Interview with Chris Loder

Chris Loder, an automation architect at InGenius Software, talks about his open source framework for automation, as well as why he says he left testing behind and started automating. He also discusses running the Test Lab at STARWEST, where conference attendees can practice their QA skills together to solve puzzles and test code. This year there were new AI features and an Automation Zone, where participants got hands-on experience with automation.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Talia Nassi Testing in Production: An Interview with Talia Nassi

Talia Nassi, a software engineer at WeWork, discusses why testing in production is such a controversial topic. She talks about why people fear the process and how a change with intention would increase confidence in your team. Talia also shares how the Women Who Test community supported her and helped constitute the life and career she has today. 

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Shachar Schiff Communication Is Everything: A Conversation with Shachar Schiff

Shachar Schiff, founder and principal consultant at BadTesting, chats with TechWell community manager Owen Gotimer about the recent rebrand of BadTesting, the four archetypes he uses to help customers, and the universal importance of communication.

Continue the conversation with Shachar (@Shak) and Owen (@owen) on the TechWell Hub (http://hub.techwell.com/)!

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Isabel Evans Shift Your Mindset with Your Testing: An Interview with Isabel Evans

Quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans discusses shifting testing left. She says shifting your mindset along with your testing activities will make all the difference in embracing this change, because how you think about testing is more important than when you do it. Isabel also talks about constantly testing and observing in order to make sure we are delivering the right thing to our customers.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Kristoffer Nordström Improving Productivity by Having Fun: A Conversation with Kristoffer Nordström

Kristoffer Nordström, test developer at Northern Test Consulting AB, chats with TechWell Community Manager Owen Gotimer about the rise in popularity of Python as a programming language, the importance of being authentic online and off, and how having fun at work can help increase productivity.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Janna Loeffler Applying Test Strategy in the Real World: An Interview with Janna Loeffler

Janna Loeffler, manager of quality engineering at Ultimate Software, discusses the new and upcoming technology Carnival Cruise Line is working on. She talks about how she keeps herself current and relevant in testing by using new tools in the industry, and shares her knowledge on test strategy and how we as a community can apply it in the real world.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Hans Buwalda Circular Testing: An Interview with Hans Buwalda

Hans Buwalda, CTO at LogiGear, discusses shifting the paradigm from not moving testing left or right along the software development lifecycle, but testing in a continuous circle to find unexpected problems. He talks about how testing is a mindset, not just a skill, and shares his insight into helping customers get further with Selenium.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

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