Speakers’ Spotlight: Amela Teftedarija

Eager to hear what Amela has to say about her topic “Would you like to be a Supertester?”? In this interview you will find out who is Amela, what is her definition of QA and what are the inputs from her talk for all participants of #Q4Q2018.


Who is Amela Teftedarija? 🙂

Amela is QA engineer with 10+ years of professional experience in software development industry and proficiency in test automation. I am co-organizing meetups for ShareIT Sarajevo meetup group, and I am active in Bosnia Agile community as well, since I am a big fan of Agile practices. Besides software testing, I feel passionate about spending time in nature and traveling with my family. I am a very active and dynamic person by nature and that has always lead me toward new challenges in life.

What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?

Difficult question. I think that QA is going through a lot of changes and that QA engineers face more and more challenges. They need technical awareness, to be more flexible, dynamic, included in every phase of a project, constantly collaborating with developers, product owners and customers…always focusing on business value.

How was the last 12 months? What worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

Last year was busy and productive. Besides working on my current project I was engaged in few conferences as a speaker, met great people from testing community and learned a lot of new things as well.

Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?

We’ll see what future brings, I am QA engineer by heart, but I would definitely like to try myself out in other fields as well, like test consulting and project management. This is the next big challenge for me.

What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?

My topic is called “Would you like to be a Supertester?”. Working as a test automation engineer for over 10 years, I have crossed paths with many testers. A lot of people, for some reason, often do what they are told to and not much more than that. They don’t seem to have an energy or will to do something extra. But, is it really enough? In this presentation, I will share with you what I consider helpful for achieving more in software testing profession, what qualities make a good tester today, the importance of continuously improving your skills, seek out a mentor, or become one to other fellow testers, define your own road map for the future career…

What inspired you to attend?

I was part of the Quest for Quality conference last year, and it was an amazing experience. In short time it became one of the “must attend” conferences in the testing world. In my opinion, it is a great opportunity to hear more about hot topics in software testing world, meet other fellow testers and to share the knowledge. Being invited as a speaker for such an inspiring event was really challenging, so I am very happy and proud because of that opportunity.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

I am very active on social networks, Twitter, and LinkedIn. A lot of great stuff can be found on the internet, and most of that content is free and available to us. Some of the pages that I follow:

  • https://www.ministryoftesting.com/
  • https://huddle.eurostarsoftwaretesting.com/blog/
  • https://dzone.com/

As I already mentioned I try to be active in local communities as well.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

The best way is to reach out on social networks, Twitter: https://twitter.com/ATeftedarija and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/amela-teftedarija-7b62094/

Anything else you would like to add?

I want to thank Comtrade Digital Services for organizing this great conference, and invite you all to join us in Dublin. It will be a great opportunity for networking and to expand your knowledge about software testing.


Speakers’ Spotlight: Marie Kress and Klemen Koželj

Let us represent you this keynote tandem, made of two young enthusiasts, innovators and leaders, Marie and Klemen. In October, they will give a keynote speech and the topic is quite hot. Let’s hear what these two have to say. 🙂


Interviewer: Hi Marie, hi Klemen, welcome to Quest for Quality conference. Firstly, we would like to know who is Marie and who is Klemen.

Marie: Well, Marie is a cheerful and energetic person who loves to meet new people, spend quality time with her friends and a lot of other things reaching from dogs & basically all other animals over ice cream to spontaneous adventure trips as well as her fast-paced job in the IT world. I like to travel and am therefore very grateful to have a job which is allowing meto explore new places when attending conferences or meetings abroad. Coming from an economical background, I am constantly on a quest to gain new knowledge and experiences in the IT field and find more interesting business and use cases for new technologies, especially in the field of the future of urban transportation. Apart from work, I like to explore new places in my adopted home Ljubljana and the surrounding – and still sometimes I am surprised by all the beautiful places Slovenia has to offer.

Interviewer: How about you Klemen?

Klemen: A rebellious geek who listens to punk rock, loves clean code, readable documentation, working examples and cherish unconventional innovative thinking.
Mostly everything I do revolves around software, but when I need to escape from the IT zone you can find me in a local dojo where I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Interviewer: We would like to know what is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?

Marie: As I am not deeply involved in QA, I don’t have a specifically strong opinion, but I can say that much: in nowadays’ fast moving environment in IT with iterative development and shifting targets in projects, QA is essential for every successful project in my eyes. It’s crucial for building a stable foundation for every solution even in the MVP phase and lays the grounds for scaling in more mature phases.

Klemen: In my eyes, engineering consists of two units. The first is development and second one quality assurance, both of them are equal, tightly intertwined and can not exist without each other. If development is about planning, designing and building, QA is about ensuring customers satisfaction, damage prevention and in worst case damage control.

Interviewer: And how was the last 12 months for you? What worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

Marie: The past year has been very eventful and interesting for me both in my professional and private life. I finished my studies in Germany and decided to keep living and working in Slovenia, where I am really passionate about all new challenges which are brought up to me at my job and allow me to grow with them. I was involved in several different projects throughout the year and recently took over the product ownership for a new project which is a great new opportunity for me. At the same time I organized and attended several interesting Meetups, Hackathons and other events which never fail to give me new inspiration.

Klemen: Busy! Time truly flies faster in a digital world and if you want to stay on the edge, you simply cannot “rest”. Working constantly with new technologies means a lot of learning and embracing “move fast, break things” mentality meaning that in every project there are certain challenges which we need to overcome.

Interviewer: Tell us where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?

Marie: I see myself continuously digging deeper into the area of Mobility and Urban transportation and actively driving innovation in this sector with the help of all the new technologies available. I would like to foster the continuous advancement of our innovation activities within the Mobility and Travel Innovation Lab which I am a part of and seeing our projects grow and mature.

Klemen: Well, I was in core development team for our Mobility Platform, which is currently used in production as car sharing system in Ljubljana. Since I am living in Ljubljana, I find it truly satisfying to work on a project that brings positive change to the environment and everyday lives of my friends and other citizens. I think everyone should be searching for his or her own chance to help and make a positive impact, this should be inspirational enough.

Interviewer: Good plans guys! So, this leads us to our next question – what will you be talking about at Quest for Quality? You will hold a keynote speech.

Marie: We will be speaking about the ups and downs you can experience when working at the forefront of innovation in this fast-paced environment. Also, what are the key factors for steering innovation efforts into the bright Wonderland of innovation instead of realizing you’ve been wandering around in a Promiseland all the way, which won’t lead you to the aspired success.

Klemen: Exactly. We are really honored to introduce our view on a Comtrade Digital Services Innovation Lab, where we are building crazy patents and testing new technologies.

Interviewer: And what exactly inspired you to attend?

Marie: This year’s Quest for Quality topic is very much future oriented and focuses on Innovation and the next era of IT, which is very much in line with the topics I am dealing with on a daily basis. Therefore, I am looking forward to share my experiences and insights and hear the stories from all the other inspiring and interesting speakers and attendees.

Klemen: I visited first Q4Q conference as a guest, it was hosted in Ljubljana. I simply loved the event and that was the main driver. I’m delighted to participate this year as a speaker.

Interviewer: Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

Marie: I like reading different startup newspapers and newsletters from the startup scene in Germany and international. I also love to attend Meetups whenever I travel to meet people from the local tech scene and see what is the most discussed topic or trend at the moment.

Klemen: I really like podcast from Jeff Meyerson called Software Engineering Daily; they are always covering relevant topics with interesting guests.  I am also reading engineering/technology blogs from Uber, Facebook, Netflix… and attending local Meetups.

Interviewer: How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Marie: The best way to reach out to me is over LinkedIn, you can connect or DM me, I’m not very active on Twitter.

Klemen: Honestly, I am quite lazy when it comes to using social media, but you can read our CDS blog.

Interviewer: For the end, anything else you would like to add?

Marie: I’m very much looking forward to the conference as I believe the topics are very relevant and interesting and I’m happy to be part of the event. Let’s see what the new Era of IT will really bring us in the end, we have to stay curious and open-minded.


Speakers’ Spotlight: Thomas Haver

Good Afternoon everybody!

We wish warm welcome to our speaker Thomas. Coming form Ohio, currently working at Huntington National Bank, Thomas is, besides in quality assurance, passionately interested in baking and playing board games. His last 12 months went challenging, with different obstacles to overcome along with his team. At Quest for Quality he will share lessons learned from a career in research science and how they can be applied to QA.

Enjoy this interview!

Who is Thomas?


Thomas is presently serving as a Senior Application Architect for Huntington National Bank. He is responsible for the conversion from manual testing to Ruby/Cucumber automation for the entire enterprise. Previously, Thomas worked as a Research Fellow courtesy of the American Heart Association focused on fluorescence microscopy & spectroscopy. Thomas is passionate about cooking and gaming. On the weekends, he works as a baker for a local bakery and organizes events for a local non-profit gaming society. His love of board games has taken him around the globe, playing the game “Diplomacy” in Europe and Asia.


What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?

I view QA as a set of guiding principles to help define the processes associated with investigations into a product. I view testing as an experiment to obtain empirical evidence about a product.

How was the last 12 months? What worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

The last 12 months have become a busy period for my team, as we have expanded the depth and breadth of our activities. We support the enterprise with test & task automation, and we’re learning just how challenging it is change direction within a large organization. Both the training and technical implementation have been successful, but altering existing processes takes patience. Making incremental, positive change to the quality practice definitely reinforces our motivation.


Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?

I see myself involved in the Quality practice in some capacity, but don’t know yet what I’ll be doing. My involvement in test automation arose from a specific need in the industry, and I prefer to stay flexible in my approach. Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence are hot topics, but we’re yet to see how they’ll integrate with existing practices long-term. I believe foundational concepts of testing will always be in demand, because any tool built on shaky testing principles will ultimately fail. However, the responsibility of testing within a team/organization will expand in scope.

What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?

Lessons learned from a career in research science can be applied to QA, with parallels to industry product quality models. Testing techniques and product delivery processes from research science will aid not just testers but the entire team in delivering quality software.

What inspired you to attend?

The diverse experiences from the assembled speakers is not an opportunity to be missed. Given our field is dynamic, to survive it’s essential to maintain a culture of learning. I’m always interested in learning about new techniques, tools, and foundational knowledge to help improve. My entire team attends many professional groups & conferences throughout the year; we’re always searching for ways to improve our practice. I can’t wait for Quest for Quality.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

I follow quite a few people online, whom I look to for industry developments: Martin Fowler, George Dinwiddie, Michael Bolton, James Bach, Damian Synadinos, Anna Royzman, Elisabeth Hendrickson, Mike Cohn. Jeff Patton, Eran Kinsbruner, Dan North and many more.

For organizations, I follow Software Test Professionals, Cucumber Ltd., Methods & Tools, Software Testing Magazine, Tech Beacon, StickyMinds, and others.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Connect with me on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/thomas-haver). I’m consistent with keeping my network updated on our community activities and internal developments. My team tries to stay engaged in the community as both attendees and presenters. We strongly believe in knowledge sharing, which comes in the form of professional groups, conferences, webinars, books clubs, internal training, articles, etc.

Anything else you would like to add?

I’m excited for this opportunity to participate in an international event. Dublin has grown into a world tech hub, and events such as Quest for Quality further cement that status. Feel free to approach me at the conference; I’m glad to make new friends in the industry and establish collaborations. Thanks!


Speakers’ Spotlight: Saga Davidsdottir and Lene Navdal

No words needed to introduce you to our two awesome speakers – Saga and Lene from Sopra Steria. Shortly, they will talk about how to test mixed reality.

You heard for Microsoft HoloLens? You watched the movie “Ready Player One”?

Then take a look at their video! 🙂


And of course, if you want to meet Saga and Lene at Quest for Quality, you should… 🙂

[Test Management] 4 Sessions Every Testing & QA Expert Needs to Hear

By listening these talks, you will get an insight of how to manage the computer software testing process. Some say that Test Management is the discipline of controlling and tracking the process of testing from the development of test cases through to the reporting on execution status. But as you can imagine, it’s not as easy to come up with a simple definition.


I Let us start from Michael Stahl from Intel and his topic:

The Fab Experience: How I stopped whining and started to appreciate Process

According to Michael’s words, for R&D people “adhering to process”, “copy exactly” and “strong discipline” are a complete turn-off. R&D people have images of poor souls toiling in a miserable work environment that stifles innovation, discourage originality and demands military-style conformance. Yet, there is also a place of thriving engineering community with amazing innovations and ample self-fulfillment.

Michael asks all of you who are from this are – Is it possible that you are wrong and that discipline and proper process can actually benefit you more than you can imagine?


II The next topic is based on experience from AB-Test driven company and Antonia Landi. Antonia will speak about:

Quality Assurance in an AB-Test driven company – Why companies of tomorrow need QA Superstars, and how to become one

So how and where does a tester fit into this? How can you maintain a high level of quality if there are several versions of your product, all of which interact with one another and change the user experience at crucial points? How should you structure your QA department within an organisation that is focused on constant delivery and iteration of AB tests?

Different questions will be covered at this talk, where you will find out why test plans no longer make sense, why the role of QA needs to grow beyond finding technical faults, and how to stay on top of the chaos.


III Aaron Fox from SmartBear will rock the stage, with his topic:

End-to-End Testing: Looking Down

Every day, Aaron speaks with people from a wide range of industries, all with very different testing requirements across web, desktop or mobile but ultimately all with one goal – to perform the most accurate tests they can. Everybody wants that extra feature in their quest for test coverage and accuracy.

The audience will leave this session aware of the benefits of end-to-end testing with an insight into how to successfully implement an end-to-end approach and the common pitfalls to avoid.


IV Amela Teftedarija from Comtrade Digital Services has also an interesting question for you:

Would you like to be a Supertester?

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Working as a test automation engineer and a team lead, Amela has crossed paths with a lot of testers. She noted that, despite completing successfully their testing tasks, only a small number of testers grow into what she’d consider the Supertester.

So, what it really takes to earn this prestigious title? To start with, the Supertester makes a difference! The difference is achieved by doing much more than just finishing your testing tasks. Curiosity, adaptability, seeing the bigger picture and willingness to learn new things are just some of the characteristics that can guide in your quest for becoming a Supertester. To summarize, using every opportunity to grow professionally.


Great talks to be heard and learned at Quest for Quality conference, so stop waiting and:

Speakers’ Spotlight: Igor Goldshmidt

At #Q4Q2018, you will have the opportunity to listen Igor Goldshmidt from Gett, who will explain why the main power of tester is information.

And, who is Igor? 🙂


This is an excellent question. Short answer is: testing geek, quality freak, leader, innovator, researcher, father and head of the family. It is very important for me to enjoy everything that I do in my work and life, to bring benefit and create something new. The same principles I use in my talks, which should be useful, interesting and fun. Now add to all this the love to tell stories and you will get a good speaker. 🙂


What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?

My personal definition of QA is analysis, control and influence. We must constantly analyze and monitor what is happening and, if necessary, influent on it.

How was the last 12 months? What worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

My last year was very productive and effective, thanks to the support of my family, the company I work in, my colleagues and friends. I grew up in a senior QA engineer, became an international speaker and even a blogger to some extent.

Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?

In the coming years I will continue to develop in professionally. Now I’m studying automation “testing” development. There are also a couple of ideas that I really want to put into practice, and then we’ll see.

What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?

I will talk about one very important source of QA influence – information. Today this is particularly relevant and important in the world of Agile development.

What inspired you to attend?

Good Irish whiskey. But seriously, it is sharing experience and learning something new. For me this is the first English-speaking European conference. So I’m going to talk a lot here and learn a lot about the local realities of the QA community.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

Maybe it’s a little old school, but I’ll start with the books of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Lisa Crispin) and Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks.. (James A Whittaker). Then blogs of James Bach, Michael Bolton, Jeff Numan and Ilari Henrik Aegerter talks,

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Just write my name in Google or in Linkedin. You can also go to my blog: www.iggmaster.com

Anything else you would like to add?

Everything else i will tell during the report. See you, friends.