Learnings from 17 Years in Software Testing - Part 2

Learnings from 17 Years in Software Testing - Part 2

May 28, 2024

Welcome to the test automation zone expert talk!
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In this episode, host Tobias talks with the highly experienced software testing expert Leonardo Lanni!

Leonardo has been in testing for 17 years and has summarized what he has learned for you in this expert talk! So, it's an excellent opportunity to pick up some tips from this senior and apply them for yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After discussing in Part 1 of the Expert Talk with Leonardo about

  • AI
  • the responsibility for quality
  • the secret ingredient for outstanding products
  • the big question of software quality has improved compared to the past

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In this episode, the two experts delve deep into shift left testing and discuss when one should truly begin testing.

They also explore the merits of test automation and share a laugh about Tobias' emotional roller coaster in his relationship with his laptop.

The conversation then veers toward tools, why certain companies use tools differently than intended, and what Leonardo looks for when evaluating new tools.

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Finally, Leonardo shares the ultimate tip on how you, as a software tester, can not only survive but thrive.

It's an advice every senior QA engineer wishes they'd heard as a junior!

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Episode Highlights:

  • Shift left: start testing as early as possible and keep the costs down
  • E2E Testing, where to start
  • Emotions of machines
  • How Leonardo got better in the last 3 years
  • Keep on learning, experimenting with continuous improvements on the way of working, and have a lean approach
  • It is not about the specific tool; it is about picking a tool that supports your process and not vice versa
  • How Leonardo evaluates a new tool
  • Leonardo's golden advice to everyone in software testing

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The Expert:

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Leonardo Lanni

QALead ยท Test Manager ยท Test Automation Expert (Freelancer)

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Leonardo, an experienced QA Lead, Test Manager, and Test Automation Expert, lives and works as a freelancer in Barcelona.

With over 17 years of experience in the IT industry, he has excelled as a Software Engineer, Test Architect, and Head of Quality Assurance.

Leonardo has served as a QA Mentor, Coach, and Agile People & Project Manager across various sectors such as eCommerce, Banking, and eHealth.

His core skills include Leadership, changing the Culture and Mindset of QA Teams, Stakeholder Management, IT Strategy and Planning, Test Automation, and Process Improvement.

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Have you seen Part 1, where Leonardo starts with these 3 learnings from 17 years in software testing:

  • Quality belongs to the entire team
  • Think of what can go wrong and anticipate it
  • Think and advocate from the end customer perspective and be involved constantly and as early as possible your client

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