Interview Testing Conversations #4 – Ali Jaffery - QA Manager

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INTROWe had the immense pleasure of interviewing Ali Jaffery for our next Testing Conversati...


We had the immense pleasure of interviewing Ali Jaffery for our next Testing Conversations interview series. Ali has a wealth of knowledge and experience in software testing that will provide valuable insights into the field to benefit readers of all levels.

During our interview, Ali shared his insights on a range of topics, including the latest trends in testing, effective strategies for test automation, best practices for managing testing teams, and much more. His expertise and passion for software testing were truly inspiring, and we're confident that our readers will find his perspectives both informative and thought-provoking. We're grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with Ali and are excited to share his valuable insights with our audience.

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.