Speakers’ Spotlight: Aaron Fox
Meet Aaron, our speaker at Quest for Quality , who will speak about End-to-End Testing.
And, who is Aaron? 🙂
Aaron Fox is Technical Sales Engineer at SmartBear Software. Previously, he was Technical Project Lead at DXC Technology. He began his career working with SAP in Galway, Ireland as a .NET developer focusing on enhancing functionality and correcting issues on internal systems. He then became Support Engineer at HP working in the SAP space. During the HP separation, he was mapped to the HPE, given the opportunity to lead the SAP EMEA support team as a technical lead. He was responsible for all test related activities involving the SAP space and sat on the code review board for code standards and quality for the EMEA region. Now working in a services company where peers and colleagues became the customer, Aaron became Test Manager for Fiscal Year End, one of the most important financial projects on the HPE account where he was responsible for all the testing activities. Aaron has a bachelor’s degree from National University of Ireland, Galway and a higher diploma in software development from the University of Limerick.
What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?
I will be speaking about End-to-End Testing. I will speak about the advantages and disadvantages of a horizontal approach versus a vertical approach and how in fact we often use a combination of both. I will touch on the role of the modern Tester and how the attitude towards a Tester’s role has changed in past number of years with the introduction of new methodologies and a shift in mindset.
What inspired you to attend?
Quest for Quality has always been on my radar and an opportunity I could not have passed on given the experience and knowledge in attendance and its proximity to home was a massive bonus. I wanted to share my experiences and get valuable feedback from some of the best people in the industry.
What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?
For me QA and testing is the continuous challenge of trying to simulate the most realistic real-world scenarios to ensure the best possible products for customers.
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 been crazy. In this time, I have gone from being the Tester to managing the testing as a Test Manager to now working in a more advisory type role to customers, looking for testing tools and solutions which best fit their needs. Although hectic the path I have been on could not have worked out better for me. A big part of testing is understanding people and their mindset, I love the psychological side of testing and being able to speak with testers of all levels across all industries, it is like having your own personal supply of knowledge and ideas. I don’t think things could have moved quicker for me in this time!
Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?
Who knows! QA and testing is continually growing, it has never been so dynamic and changeable which makes it so exciting and interesting. I think from a career perspective I am in the perfect place for me now. Every day I help customers realize better, more efficient and accurate solutions and this is what I love. My aspirations will always be in the test space helping people implement the best test solution. I am really excited to see where QA and testing will be in 5-10 years’ time and you can be sure I will be in the middle of it!
Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
Andrew Fullen of Sogeti is an authority on all things testing and someone who I have been lucky enough speak with and turn to for advice. His experiences and insights have been very valuable for me.
How can people find out more about what you are working on?
I am always active on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronfoxirl , be sure to connect and reach out to me anytime about anything! You can also find me on SmartBear Academy where I regularly host our webinars where we discuss the hottest topics in testing.
Anything else you would like to add?
I love QA and testing and while it is my career there so much more going on away from here. I love sports, and I am deeply involved in the GAA, Ireland’s national sport, where I coach youth teams and play. In my spare time I like to completely detach myself of all things technology and get outdoors and explore. I qualified as a Geologist before I ever knew what a Junit test was!