QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Matthew Eakin

Our seventh featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Matthew Eakin.

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

The conference has a lot of really enthusiastic testers. Sessions are always packed and a lot of great questions are asked.

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

Attending the sessions. QA or the Highway always attracts great speakers with interesting topics.

3. Since last year, what has been some of your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your grow as a testing professional?

Other than reading the weekly blogs in Testing Curator, I read ATDD by Example: A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development by Markus Garner. Highly recommended for Analysts, Developers and Testers.

4. What do you enjoy about the testing “field”/what keeps you in testing?

Being a testing professional requires knowledge of the business, knowledge of requirement gathering, technical knowledge (web services, databases, networking, web, etc.), knowledge of environments and continuous integration. And, of course, knowledge of testing. With all of these constantly evolving, a good testers learning is on-going. To me that’s challenging and a lot of fun.

5. What do you think is the most important skill(s) software testers should have?

Jedi mind control to get unit tested code delivered on time. Ha ha. Seriously, an open, creative mind. Testing solutions aren’t always obvious and developers aren’t always straight-forward about what is going on. A  little creativity will almost always be needed to come up with solid solutions. You need to keep an open mind to allow yourself to grow professionally. There are a lot of ways to test something; as you will see at this conference. Opening your mind to all solutions will ultimately make you a better tester.

6. What advice would you give to new testers or to those looking to find their “testing spark” for reigniting their passion for testing?

To new testers: keep an open mind to everything about testing. Learn everything you can about testing. Embrace it and be proud to call yourself a tester.

To testers looking to find a “spark”: Coach/Teach/Mentor other testers. I think you will be surprised how much you really know about testing. And the energy & enthusiasm of people first catching that testing spark is contagious.

Matthew will be speaking on a session entitled “(Almost) Everything I know about testing I learned playing poker”.

You can find Matthew’s session information or more information about QA or the Highway 2016 by going to the following links:

You can follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewEakin and find his blog at

Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series:

Matt Heusser 
Bhupesh Dahal
Erik Davis
Karen Johnson
Pradeepa Narayanaswamy
Stan Jónsson