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Know your TestBash Speakers: Elizabeth Zagroba

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This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work. Our previous speakers interviews can be read here: Alan Page, Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Dan Ashby and Stephen JanawayNancy Kelln and Angie Jones.

Today, we introduce you to Elizabeth Zagroba. For those who have not heard of Elizabeth, here is a brief introduction about her from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Elizabeth Zagroba is a context-driven software tester at Huge in Brooklyn. She’s tested innovative user interfaces for iOS and Android apps, responsive websites, content management systems, and streaming and on-demand audio. Before Huge, Elizabeth worked on the digital team at a public radio station in Manhattan.

Her session is titled: Succeeding as an Introvert

Sahi Pro: When do introverts give their best?
Elizabeth:
Introverts give their best when they have time on their own to prepare. Introverts process information more deeply and make more connections, but that can take longer. Brainstorming sessions, meetings without an agenda, or putting people on the spot won’t get the best out of an introvert.

Sahi Pro: What are few misconceptions about introverts?
Elizabeth: 
I think the biggest misconception about introverts is that they’re just shy. Shyness is a social anxiety that stops people from doing the things they want to do: chairing the committee, speaking up. Introverts don’t want to be doing those things in the first place. I think introverts can also be seen as boring or not knowing how to have fun. Introverts recharge when they’re alone, so they might be less eager to go out for lunch or a drink after work.

Sahi Pro: “Innovative user interfaces for iOS and Android apps”, Sounds interesting, tell us more.
Elizabeth: 
I love working on projects where the expected behavior is unknown. I worked on the Radiolab app at New York Public Radio. The show is an immersive sound and psychological experience, so we tried to mirror that in the app. The navigation travelled from a room, to a field outside, and up into space, with stops along the way for different pieces of information and Easter eggs. At Huge, I worked on an app for EA Sports that took a 3D scan of your face so you could play alongside your favorite basketball players in the NBA Live 2016 video game. With the camera activated, you held your phone in place and turned your head from side to side. In both apps, the onboarding and coaching was the most important part. We wanted people to use their devices in ways they weren’t expecting. I enjoyed figuring out what people assumed and finding ways to reorient them.

Thank you for your time, Elizabeth Zagroba. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to Elizabeth speak on “Succeeding as an Introvert” session. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

About Sahi Pro:
We  are one of the micro sponsors of TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Sahi Pro, the flagship product of Tyto Software, is a simple yet powerful test automation tool that enables Quality Assurance and Testing teams achieve high efficiency and productivity in their test automation
process. Features like multi browser support, good recorder, automatic waits, inbuilt frameworks, and automatic reporting reduce the team’s effort and technical expertise required, ensuring faster delivery cycles, especially in Agile environments. Over 400 enterprise customers across diverse industry verticals like Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, IT Services, IT Products, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Telecom and Government are achieving high ROI with Sahi Pro.

Visit sahipro.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Know your TestBash Speakers: Angie Jones

Posted by | Conferences, Speakers, TestBash Philadelphia | No Comments

This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work. Our previous speakers interviews can be read here: Alan Page, Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Dan Ashby and Stephen Janaway and Nancy Kelln.

Today, we introduce you to Angie Jones. For those who have not heard of Angie, here is a brief introduction about her from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Angie Jones is a Consulting Automation Engineer at LexisNexis. Angie advises several scrum teams on QA Automation strategies and best practices and has developed automation frameworks for countless software products. Angie is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions in the US and China. Angie is also an Adjunct Instructor of Computer Programming at Durham Technical Community College. Angie is a strong advocate for diversity in Technology and volunteers with organizations who champion this cause such as TechGirlz and Black Girls Code. She can be found on Twitter at @techgirl1908.

Her session is titled: How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done

Sahi Pro: How do you use automation to assist testing activities?
Angie Jones: 
As quality initiatives are shifting left, long extensive regression testing periods are a thing of the past. I automate scenarios so that not only are they covered during scheduled regression testing windows, but they are also run on a continuous basis – every time there is a development change in the code. This frees testers up to focus on new tests, exploration, and more complex user journeys. It also gives developers fast feedback about the state of the system after the deployment of their changes.

Sahi Pro: What kind of problems do you face trying to automate the regression tests in organizations?
Angie Jones: 
The biggest challenge is probably not the coding itself, but educating and convincing others of what the purpose of automation is. It’s very typical for managers and executives to want to automate everything. I don’t feel this is the right approach. One reason is because the return on investment (ROI) is not always great enough to warrant automation of every single scenario. A lot of times, businesses get caught up on numbers instead of focusing on ensuring their teams are automating the right things.

Sahi Pro: What is your first question to anyone who wants to use automation in their organization?
Angie Jones: 
Who will lead your automation strategy? This is so very critical, as it often determines whether an automation effort will succeed or fail.
Sometimes managers or executives try to lay the entire strategy out themselves with a very basic high-level understanding of automation. They then hire people to implement their flawed strategy, ultimately resulting in a flawed solution that is destined to fail.
Fortunately, I have only encountered a few organizations like that. But many managers, still try to work with what they have, so they entrust a developer or a tester to lead the automation strategy. This also is not ideal, as the developer may lack the testing mindset and in-depth knowledge of practical automation practices; and the tester may lack the technical skills to be able to architect a sustainable automation solution.
I encourage organizations to invest in an automation engineer – someone who is a hybrid of developer and tester and who has experience in building automation solutions. Sometimes, an org lucks up and has a manager, developer, or tester who either used to be an automation engineer, or currently studies the craft very closely. In cases like those, these people can definitely be successful in leading the strategy.

Thank you for your time, Angie Jones. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to Angie speak on “How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done” session. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

About Sahi Pro:
We  are one of the micro sponsors of TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Sahi Pro, the flagship product of Tyto Software, is a simple yet powerful test automation tool that enables Quality Assurance and Testing teams achieve high efficiency and productivity in their test automation
process. Features like multi browser support, good recorder, automatic waits, inbuilt frameworks, and automatic reporting reduce the team’s effort and technical expertise required, ensuring faster delivery cycles, especially in Agile environments. Over 400 enterprise customers across diverse industry verticals like Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, IT Services, IT Products, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Telecom and Government are achieving high ROI with Sahi Pro.

Visit sahipro.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

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