Speakers’ Spotlight: Antonia Landi
We are excited to welcome Antonia Landi to the conference! 🙂 In the interview below, you will find out who is Antonia, what she will be talking about at Q4Q Conference and what is her personal definition of QA.
Antonia is an accumulation of experiences, likes, dislikes, wants, and needs. I was born in Switzerland to Italian parents, studied and lived in Scotland for nearly a decade and eventually ended up in the Berlin startup scene, where I currently reside and operate. I was a games tester first, now I’m a Project Manager and Agile Coach. Personally, there are four things I feel very strongly about: Cats, Korean pop music, video games, and anime. If you can find some way to combine all those things there’s a good chance we’re gonna become friends. I also love to sleep, eat and drink tea.
What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?
I see QA and testing as an integral part of any software development process. I don’t think QA is a luxury, I think it’s a necessity and I firmly believe that an engineering team is only complete once testers are involved. At the same time, I also think that testing is becoming less and less of a purely technical discipline. Instead, I see testers at the crossroads between engineering, product and people.
How was the last 12 months? What worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?
The last 12 months were turbulent to say the least. I changed jobs, learned an awful lot of things, got a new job title, learned a bunch more, attended my first conference, and was inspired to contribute to one myself! My husband and I also got a kitten in the past year, and she’s never done keeping us on our toes with her shenanigans.
Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?
I see myself as someone who enables other people to do their best work. I want to be a person who can inspire others, help them on their career journey, and hopefully even teach them a thing of two.
What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?
At Quest for Quality I will be talking about how testing in an AB-test driven company works, the advantages and disadvantages that come with that, and how to approach this relatively little-discussed aspect of testing.
What inspired you to attend?
I came across Quest for Quality when I was looking for new and inspiring conferences to attend. The theme of this year’s conference immediately resonated with me and I really wanted to be a part of it. I think it’s vital that we as QA professionals think about and educate ourselves and each other on what’s to come and Quest for Quality seemed like a great place to do just that.
Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
Apart from the usual tech blogs I love using Twitter and Slack communities to stay up to date on all things testing and exchange ideas with other people in the software development industry! There are so many great people out there with unique and interesting insights, it would be impossible to list them all.
How can people find out more about what you are working on?
The easiest way to find out more about me and what I’m working on is to get in touch! You can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, in various Slack groups and of course at conferences all over the world! I love chatting to all sorts of folk about all sorts of things, so come say hi.
Anything else you would like to add?
I’d like to take this moment to thank the people behind Quest for Quality for organizing the event – I really can’t wait to share my knowledge and gain a bunch at the same time! As a brand new speaker I am very grateful for this opportunity and I intend to make the most of it 🙂