Speakers’ Spotlight: Marco Andrade
Meet our speaker Marco, coming from Brazil and working for Toptal as QA automation engineer.
Who is Marco Andrade?
Marco is an easy going person who loves to travel and get to know new cultures. He would love to visit more countries in Asia, especially Japan, since he has only visited India. He is passionate about quality, not only as a QA but with everything in his life. This was the main reason he transitioned from developer to quality assurance and started to evangelize to companies and people to put quality first. And last but not least, be surrounded by family and friends.
1. What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?
For me, QA has a role similar to a teacher, where you not only maintain the bar high but also teach others to keep it high. Including, but not restricted to, the product, programming (code), process, software architecture, security, performance, methodology, and UI/UX.
2. 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 amazing. With Toptal I was able to travel and work, and because of that, I could attend three different conferences in Europe and also spend a month in Florida, USA. During this time, I was offered the opportunity to become Team Lead. I decided not to go in that direction, instead I chose to become an Agile coach- and I’m really happy about that.
3. Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?
For the following years, I want to keep improving my technical and soft skills. My final goal is to be in a manager position. This way I’ll be able to apply my knowledge regarding software quality in a more efficient way at a company level. Leveling up companies quality bar to a whole new level.
4. What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?
I’ll be talking about the QA role and the importance of QA in a decentralized platform, showing some examples and challenges.
5. What inspired you to attend?
I attended the conference last year and I loved the format and the audience, so I started following the conference social networks. This year’s topic inspired me to build two talks and submit to the CFP!
6. Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
At Toptal we have a strong community in our Slack channel with multiple channels and topics to follow. I keep up to date reading from there, articles on Medium, and from my connections at LinkedIn.
7. How can people find out more about what you are working on?
Currently I do not have any specific page to share my work, but you can find me at LinkedIn and add me there.
8. Anything else you would like to add?
A message for those who do not know about the conference. Last year I went as a spectator and was very impressed with an event so rich in content, with great speakers and impeccable organization.