QA or the Highway 2017 – Speaker Spotlight – Matt Eakin


Our fifth “Speaker Spotlight” who will be at QA or the Highway 2017 is Matt Eakin.
1. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?   

Seeing friends that I only seem to see once a year at QA or the Highway.

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

I have recently been developing a cucumber blog series aimed at manual testers who are interested in learning about cucumber. It walks testers through creating a framework, writing Features and Scenarios, some lessons on Gherkin scripting (of course if you know me), and even writing some browser testing code using WATiR and PageObjects. Kickoff is the week before QA or the Highway. Here is the first in the series:

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?

Buy Apple stock, buy Google stock. Seriously, I would have jumped on the Agile bandwagon much sooner and focused more on honing my development skills.

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

I continue to re-read (parts of) Agile Testing and More Agile Testing by Crispin & Gregory. Great books that are full of great knowledge nuggets.

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

Anyone can do it well. It is true that anyone can test software. I have seen Analysts doing testing, Developers, Product Owners, Scrum Master and even Project Managers doing testing. The effectiveness and efficiency of this effort is very low. But some testing does get done. As teams try to move faster, testing needs to follow but usually can’t. Why? Because those doing the testing don’t know how to do it well. The ultimate result of this effort is never good for anyone. It is difficult to get management and teams to overcome this misconception. But it is a worthwhile effort.

Matt will be speaking on the topic of “Defect Triage”.

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

You can find Matt’s session information or more information about QA or the Highway 2017 by going to the following links: