QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series – Featuring Dmitry Sharkov

QA or the Highway

Our fifth featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Dmitry Sharkov.
Dmitry Sharkov
1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway?

QA or the Highway is a great conference to talk at because it’s focused enough that I have a good feel for what topics will start valuable and engaging conversations.

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

As always I am most looking forward to learning from others. I meet very experienced, very smart people at conferences like QAotHW and I always end up changing my mind on something or thinking about it differently.

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

As an attendee, I would go to at least one session on a topic that I feel I know well, as I am likely to hear something I already have an opinion about, and that will force me to reevaluate my experience and ideas and lead to growth. I would also go to at least on session on a topic I know very little about so that I become aware of another tool or idea that may later be useful.

4. How did you become involved in testing?

I’ve been writing software since my sophomore year in high school, and developing software immediately gets one involved in testing it. More formal, more rigorous testing became a part of my day-to-day work just as my development experience grew. I never focused on testing software without also writing software, or vice versa.

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

I like test frameworks that focus on behavior — RSpec, Jasmine, Spock. I also like Cucumber with watir-webdriver for driving web applications and use it quite a bit. I also can’t do without Chrome’s developer tools for testing logic, performance, memory use, responsiveness, and so forth.

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

I’ve always been a big fan of Alister Scott’s blog Watirmelon. Richard Bradshaw’s blog “thefriendlytester” is also great. I like blogs that are less about technical tips and tricks and more about broader, philosophical questions and both of these blogs deliver on the latter while still being strong technically. They make me really think about why I do what I do, whether it’s testing or implementation or other work.

Dmitry will be speaking on “WE are Doing it Wrong.”

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Twitter: @DmitrySharkov

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

Jim Holmes
Raj Subramanian
Joseph Beale
Kelli Searfos