QA or the Highway 2017 – Speaker Spotlight – Joe Beale


Our second “Speaker Spotlight” who will be at QA or the Highway 2017 on February 7, 2017, is Joe Beale.

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

Being one of the organizers of the conference, my perspective on this might be a bit different from other speakers. This year we’re in a new venue with some unique spaces and so I’m interested in seeing how everyone likes it and how it works out for our talks. Also, covered parking. I repeat: COVERED PARKING. This is winter in Columbus, after all.

Content-wise I am very much looking forward to the two keynote speakers: Louise Elliott and Jess Lancaster.

2. Would you like to tell us about anything interesting that you’ve been involved in recently?

I’m experimenting with some nifty automation software but I can’t share the details at the moment because it’s top secret. Maybe at the conference. In other news, I’m coaching basketball this year (7-9th grade boys) at my church. They gave me a real whistle and everything.

3. If you could go back in time knowing what you do now, what career advice would you give to yourself when you first started your professional career?

Always be looking for new opportunities and never burn bridges with the people you meet in your profession. It’s a small world within the industry/practice/specialization in which you work so make sure that every person you work with (even in the smallest of circumstances) gains something from you or profits from knowing you. It will pay endless dividends going forward.

4. What has been some of your favorite reading references (books/blogs/magazines) from the last year?

The Ministry of Testing feed has introduced me to a great variety of bloggers within the testing field such as: Colin Cherry, Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Angie Jones, Alister Scott, Alexey Himself, MelTheTester, and many more. Don’t believe me? Go to my twitter feed @JosephBealeQA and you’ll see me posting their articles all over the place. Also, I have thoroughly enjoyed all the writings of Liz Ryan on the subject of HR, hiring, interviewing, etc.

5. What do you think is a common misconception about testing?

There are many, but one of the most pervasive is the idea that testing must take place at the end of the development cycle. It can be easily demonstrated that the most efficient way to build something is to get early and frequent feedback from testing of the product against the standards agreed upon by all parties. Testing needs to be an early and continuous process, not a late and one-time event.

Joseph will be speaking on the topic of “Page Object from the Ground Up”.

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