QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series – Featuring Kelli Searfos

QA or the Highway

Our fourth featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Kelli Searfos.

Kelli Searfos
1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway?

I have worked as both a developer and a tester, and this has helped me gain a different perspective on what testing is about and how to improve quality in software.  I wanted to be able to share some of these experiences with other people, so that they can both learn from my mistakes and bring some new ideas to their own software testing practices.

2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?

I have never been to QA or the Highway before, so I am looking forward to the whole thing!

3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway?

I can’t give much advice, since I have not attended previously, but I would encourage people to go to many diverse presentations, and hopefully come away with a deeper understanding of what QA is all about!

4. How did you become involved in testing?

Ironically, I became a tester because I enjoy writing code.  There was an opening for someone with a ruby background to be a tester with a focus on setting up automation.  Also, I really like breaking things, and thought it would be fun.

5. What are some of you favorite tools in your “testing toolbox”?

The internet is the best tool there is!  Never underestimate the value of being able to learn from other people’s experiences and view a wide range of answers to a question.  I have learned so much by exploring answers to questions that I didn’t ask.  And for the beginning automator, the Selenium IDE is just fantastic.

6. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your testing efforts?

I have really enjoyed How Google Tests Software.  Other than that, I am not sure — most of my knowledge was gained through first-hand experience, or even blog posts, rather than books.  I am, however, taking suggestions!

7. Would you like to add any advice for testers?

My best advice would be: always push the Big Red Button — especially if it says “don’t touch”!

Kelli will be speaking with Benjamin Winkler on “Eight Bad Testing Ideas”.

You can find Kelli’s speaker bio, session information, or more information about QA or the Highway 2015 by going to any of the following links:

Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series:

Jim Holmes
Raj Subramanian
Joseph Beale