Testing Conversations - Ali Jaffery - QA Manager

How did you get into testing?


I started my career as a software engineer in the aviation industry making safety critical software. A half A4 page of C that was boot software took 6 months to release due to testing and documentation requirements.

Even as a software developer, I favoured testing as it gave me a wider understanding of how the software would be used. Contrasting the aviation industry with other commercial industries, I realised I had an eye for test and quality. It felt natural to move to testing and not to mention I don't miss the responsibility of having to fix a difficult bug!


Advice for Testers new to the industry?


Don't limit yourself. Testers have the unique privilege to interface with product/BA, developers and end user/customer support team.

Testing is a great way to start within the software industry and pick up skills and understanding of a broad range of disciplines.


What tech are you using at the moment?


We are using remote mobile testing tools like PCloudy and free open-source tools like TestProject for automation


Any predictions on future tech or where you can see it going?


It seems that the roles of developer and tester are merging with developers understanding TDD and testers understanding automation code.

There also seems to a requirement for more technical product owners/BAs. Tools which make remote collaboration easier are definitely the future in this work from home world.