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!