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The Testing Diaries: Confessions of an Application Tester


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Software testing is one of the most critical aspects of the software development life cycle, but it's often poorly understood. Because they're so often the bearers of bad news (highlighting bugs, glitches and areas where user experience is poor), testers are often perceived as bottlenecks, but they are just doing their job to ensure that applications are bug-free and functioning correctly. Testers may feel overwhelmed and frustrated when they are left out of early design and development conversations, have their role denigrated or have to deal with poorly written code and lack of resources. Despite all the frustrations that testers have to deal with, most are happy with their jobs and enjoy their application testing career. Our panel of testers open up about their experiences and talk about:

  • The relationship between developers and testers— are these roles friends or foes?
  • What testers like the most about their job
  • The most frustrating aspects of software testing
  • How software testers provide value to the business
  • Why testers should have a seat at the table early on in the design and development process
Lisette Zounon
Founder - Zsquare Solutions Inc.
Lisette Zounon is a passionate engineering leader with over 18 years of experience helping people and companies improve the quality of their applications, with solid tools, a simple process, and a smart team. She strongly believes that industry best practices including implementing agile methodologies and DevOps practices are invaluable.
Talia Nassi
Lead Developer Advocate - Akamai
Lead Developer Advocate, Akamai
Lead Developer Advocate, Akamai
Lead Developer Advocate, Akamai
Andrew Aleshire
Sr. Software Test Engineer
As a Software Engineer with 20 years of experience, Andrew Aleshire, has worked as a manual test engineer, team lead, and manager.  He is constantly looking for opportunities to grow as an individual and teammate and to share his experiences with others.  He loves analyzing processes and teams to help them become efficient and data-driven, which improves the quality of work and products.
Alan Shimel
Founder & CEO - Techstrong Group

Alan is founder, CEO & editor-in-chief of Techstrong Group, the company behind DevOps.com, Container Journal, Security Boulevard and Digital Anarchist, as well as co-founder of the DevOps Institute. As such, he is attuned to the world of technology, particularly cloud, DevOps, security and open source. With almost 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Alan has been instrumental in the success of several organizations. He is an often-cited personality in the security and technology community and is a sought-after speaker at industry and government conferences and events. In addition to his writing, his DevOps Chats podcast, DevOps TV and Digital Anarchist audio and videos are widely followed. Alan attributes his success to a combination of a strong business background and a deep knowledge of technology. His legal background, long experience in the field and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality. He is a graduate of St. John's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and holds a JD degree from NY Law School.

CTO, Techstrong Group, Principal - Techstrong Research
Mitchell Ashley is a renowned strategist and technology executive. Mitchell has led successful IT, SaaS, and cybersecurity transformations. He’s led multiple teams in developing and bringing to market successful online services, cybersecurity, and networking products and services. Mitch serves as Principal of Techstrong Research where he leads a team of preeminent experts in digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native, and cybersecurity. In this role, Mitch works with companies to align digital transformation and technology strategies to achieve disruptive goals and high impact results. Mitch is in high demand as a speaker at conferences the world over, and his popular DevOps Chats podcast engaging with digital leaders is one of the most widely followed in the field.

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