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Speakers’ Spotlight: Amela Teftedarija

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.