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Making sense of software quality... that’s what testers aim to do and that’s what this podcast is all about. Join Abstracta COO, Federico Toledo, PhD as he dares to interview some of his role models and industry leaders who are awesome at what they do to get advice that can help us be better testers and enable our teams to create higher quality software.

Expect insights on today’s most pressing topics and good practices from the creators and collaborators of your favorite software testing tools, methodologies, conferences, etc. An Uruguayan in Silicon Valley, you’ll also hear Federico share his views from over 15 years of training testers and working with clients like CA Technologies and Shutterfly.

Quality Sense Podcast Federico Toledo

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Making sense of software quality... that’s what testers aim to do and that’s what this podcast is all about. Join Abstracta COO, Federico Toledo, PhD as he dares to interview some of his role models and industry leaders who are awesome at what they do to get advice that can help us be better testers and enable our teams to create higher quality software.

Expect insights on today’s most pressing topics and good practices from the creators and collaborators of your favorite software testing tools, methodologies, conferences, etc. An Uruguayan in Silicon Valley, you’ll also hear Federico share his views from over 15 years of training testers and working with clients like CA Technologies and Shutterfly.

    S3E10 - Ash Coleman - Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace

    S3E10 - Ash Coleman - Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace

    As the New York Times best-selling author, Brené Brown says, "Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage."

    In today's cultural and work environment, we're no longer capable of avoiding sensitive and pressing issues, but many leaders are paralyzed by the fear of making mistakes in the way they address them. This is especially true when it comes to addressing concerns around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    That's why, in this final episode of season 3 of Quality Sense, I'm so pleased to share my recent conversation with a leader in the DEI space. Ash Coleman has had a very unique and interesting career path that has led her to her current role as the Head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Credit Karma. Before that, she was a professional chef and then later, she got into testing. These professional experiences have led her to understand what goes into making amazing experiences and products that meet the requirements for a diverse population.

    What I enjoy about this conversation is that Ash breaks down some of the most simple things you can do as a colleague, leader, and just as a human being in your daily life to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion that will make a positive impact.

    Episode highlights:

    - Why the role of quality engineering helps companies be more inclusive
    - Pros and cons of having a distributed team and its impact on diversity
    - Reverse discrimination, racial and gender equity in the workplace
    - How important representation is at work and its impact on employee retention
    - Three simple ways individuals can help promote DEI

    For the episode transcript and relevant links, check here: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/ash-coleman-diversity-equity-inclusion/

    • 38 min
    S3E9 - Simon Prior - #MakeATester

    S3E9 - Simon Prior - #MakeATester

    Simon Prior is a co-host of the Testing Peers podcast (https://testingpeers.com/) as well as an advocate for bridging the gap between academia and industry. Having been a university professor myself, I found we had quite a lot in common! Simon Prior is a senior test manager at Easy Jet, with many years of experience in testing and management. Not only that, but he helps run a meetup group, Ministry of Testing Buckinghamshire and started the hashtag, #MakeATester to increase awareness outside the testing bubble about careers in our field.

    In this episode, we discussed how to form more people in STEM with the skills needed to become great testers and how to make our profession more well known to those who have yet to graduate from university!

    • 27 min
    S3E8 - Ashley Hunsberger - Leading agile transformation at Blackboard

    S3E8 - Ashley Hunsberger - Leading agile transformation at Blackboard

    Ashley Hunsberger started as a manual tester at Blackboard 16 years ago and today, she’s the Director of DevOps Engineering, creating their Developer and Agile Advocacy program. She focuses on the ways they can advance the work their teams are doing, as well as the way in which they do it.

    Listen to this fascinating conversation about how she managed to evolve her career and all of her eye-opening, real world insights on leadership that apply for anyone.

    Key highlights:

    - The need for innovation, experimentation, and learning in a DevOps and agile culture and methods to promote them within your team
    - Our challenges in adopting OKRs and lessons learned
    - Developing psychological safety in the workplace and why its essential for leading through change
    - How testers can safely innovate by testing out a series of hypotheses
    - The benefits of practicing reflection to improve your ability to cope with change and find a way to do the work you love

    Relevant links and a transcript of this episode can be found here: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/leading-agile-transformation-ashley-hunsberger/

    • 46 min
    S3E7 - Andrey Momot - The "holy trinity" of software quality

    S3E7 - Andrey Momot - The "holy trinity" of software quality

    Today’s guest is an inspiration for any test engineer out there who wants to drive their organization’s quality engineering and shift-left testing practices, working in a way that devs and testers can best collaborate. Get to know Andrey Momot, a QA Lead at WalkMe, the company that pioneered the Digital Adoption Platform to simplify user experiences by combining insights, engagement, guidance and automation capabilities. In our conversation, Andrey shares his keys to success in a team where developers are in charge of manual testing and the QA lead owns the overall test and automation strategy.

    Episode highlights:

    - Collaborating with developers when you are the team’s sole QA
    - How to sell the idea to developers to manually test their own code
    - The test automation solution that WalkMe has success with
    - What Andrey calls the “holy trinity of quality” and how teams can achieve it

    Find relevant links and a transcript of the episode here: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/andrey-momot-software-quality-holy-trinity/

    • 29 min
    S3E6 - Sumit Agarwal - DevOps and testing

    S3E6 - Sumit Agarwal - DevOps and testing

    My guest today, Sumit Agarwal, has over 20 years of professional experience in the technology field. Today he is the Lead Cloud Architect at a global fintech company, with experience in performance testing, DevOps and agile methodologies. Listen to today’s episode where we discuss the origin of DevOps, testing and dealing with legacy code, making the necessary culture shifts to successfully implement modern software delivery practices and more!

    For relevant links and a transcription of this episode: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/devops-and-testing/

    • 37 min
    S3E5 Tristan Lombard - Building community and lifting others up

    S3E5 Tristan Lombard - Building community and lifting others up

    A self-proclaimed "stage mom" and "recovering social worker" Tristan fell into test automation and community management a few years ago by taking a new role at Sauce Labs and hasn't looked back. In our conversation, we talked about the meaning of community, how testers can take more advantage of their network, overcoming imposter syndrome, and much more.

    Episode Highlights:

    - Tristan's story of falling into software testing after his career in social work and how he brings his non-profit skills to the B2B world
    - Why all the hype around communities and how professionals can enhance their careers by getting involved with them
    - Why Testim bets on developing community and its potential to amplify value for all
    - Tristan's top 5 recommended reads for software testers

    Episode transcript and relevant links: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/tristan-lombard-building-community/

    • 41 min

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