She joined MakoLab in the second half of 2020, taking on the role of software tester. So, in honour of World Tester’s Day, which falls on 9th September, Insights talked to her about whether testing is pointing out errors and whether it’s possible to avoid unintentionally picking up on mistakes in every field, not only the professional.
Without further ado, we present… Małgorzata Janeczek! 😊
What gave you the idea of going into software testing?
With me, it was more the idea of going back to testing. I’d had the chance to explore it years ago, before I went to university, where my studies took me in the direction of journalism, editing, literature and playwriting. I decided to return to it once I realised that testing and QA, in the wide sense, is also a space for journalistic curiosity, editorial scrupulousness, artistic creativity, in terms of developing test cases, and an empathetic approach to the software users and people in general. Indeed, there are even scenarios to be written… but without dialogue!
Is it easy to point out errors to other people?
In general, I don’t look at it like that. I don’t think a tester’s job is to point out an error, but to share information about it which will help people to fix it quickly and prevent similar issues in the future. We’re playing on the same team as the programmers and we’re jointly responsible for the product that’s being created.
What does the MakoLab team you’re part of do on a daily basis?
We look after the whole process of producing software, from the design, via production from beginning to end, to the release. As an area of QA, we are actively involved in optimising the automatisation of tests, we create our own tools and we look after ongoing development. We use the standard Atlassian and TestRail packages for automatising tests, together with our own framework, which is grounded in the most popular standards.
Have you been afflicted by the kind of professional side-tracking that has you seeing bugs no matter where you look?
I think it’s more often a case of wherever I look, I can see room for improvement!
When you’re not scanning code and the world around you, what do you enjoy doing most of all?
Ice skating or listening to audio books. I love books!
Well, we certainly admire an approach that takes note of potential, rather than errors! And, on World Tester’s Day, we send our best wishes to every tester. May you never be faced with an end to all room for improvement! 😊
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