I want to start the story by presenting myself. I am Peter and I’ve been a tester for about three years. I want to point out that successful testing runs through my family as my father was a professional tester for the Soviet Union and the most successful Agile project that he worked on was Laika. The initial project was an autonomous device for dog walking. After numerous visits to the Kremlin’s stakeholders, the project was a “Good to go”. For the next step, he “borrowed” the neighborhood’s dog and then went back to the team to prepare for the end of the sprint. After a careful planning, proactive communication with the team and successful tests, the dog ended up in space… failing the “Dad, I promise if you buy me a dog I am going to take care of it” feature but creating and passing the “What can we send into space, before the Americans” feature. After this amazing result, he was part of more successful projects such as the “First Soviet on the moon”.
I started my career as a tester in the gaming industry and it was my first contact with this amazing job of “How can I break things” while working with a dynamic team. The story between me and Simplity goes back four months ago on a cozy spring day. I was walking down the boulevard when a black Cadillac stops near me. From the car, two guys got out and head towards me while I was thinking that maybe they were lost. They approached me and said that they have an offer I couldn’t refuse (Seriously, they had a coupon for McDonald’s and if I bought one burger I could get two more) and also that their boss would like to talk to me.
Time has passed and I am proud to say that I am part of an amazing team called Simplity. Why is it amazing? Because everyone can have an active role in the concept, there are no hierarchies when it comes to socializing or when someone is in need of help. World, here we come!
Why testing? Wait… who are you guys?
This is one of the jobs you get to opportunity to “break” the logic of something designed. It is like a puzzle for which you need to find the right combination and further the application is developed, more difficult is to find crucial bugs – but not impossible. Sure, there are steps to follow but greater achievements come with patience and sometimes by thinking out of the box.
My colleague Petra wrote in a previous article about a passion for perfection. Well, that is true and a tester will sometimes try to do that but we must know when and what to prioritize. Here in Simplity, we set the bar higher and higher every time we are close to our goal so that in the future we can achieve even greater things.
How is life in Simplity?
Well, as I mentioned before, we are a team that is set to achieve greater things and that is a common goal. We are in a constant desire for improvement and that is why, we are given the opportunity to take part in workshops, attend to different classes or acquire needed certifications. Besides this, there are the people. We love to travel, to have board games, to go out for a beer or to go to the movies…hmm…. If I think for a sec, I think I am the only one that is in to horror movies.
So that being said, this is the end of the first part and I will be writing more soon about Brno and my adventures as for now after I have to search this text for bugs.