OPEN TALK: Being A Tester: Being a Superman.

Mesut Durukal
Rapyuta Robotics, Test Automation Lead

Mesut has BSc and MSc degrees from Bogazici University Electrical & Electronics Engineering. He worked in Defense Industry for 7 years and managed the testing activities in a multinational project. He has a proficiency in CMMI and PMP with a broad range of experiences under his belt.

After that, he worked for Siemens A.G in system testing team for 4 years. He had the technical lead position in Istanbul QA office where he managed 18 people and represented the site in the global organization. He took the responsibility for V&V activities for a cloud-based open IoT platform containing lots of microservices and acted as a Product Owner.

Currently, he has been working for Rapyuta Robotics, Tokyo. In the robotics domain, his expertise is focused on test automation.

His certificates are: PMP, PSPO, PSM, ISTQB CTAL TM and he is a frequent international speaker with a wide range of various talks: 

Software testing requires development skills in terms of automation and CI/CD. Social skills as well. There are though responsibilities like release management. It looks like we have to be supermen holding all these qualifications. But we are human beings. It is okay to make mistakes. It is okay not to be okay.

When I refresh my memory and consider my whole testing life, I again realize that life is full of lessons. Whenever I think about this, I come up with a saying by John W. Gardner: “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” We are all making mistakes and it is not possible to manage each single piece of processes perfectly. Still; what we can remember is, with additional brush strokes, those mistakes can evolve into nice colors inside the big picture. Besides, in the next run, we may take precautions against possible mistakes.

In short, after the quick review of my career, I decided that I can collect the required soft skills for a tester. Of course, I do not claim to be the super person who carries all those, but at least they are the ones which I realized to be the most prominent from my experiences.

What I will talk about is:
• What I learnt from my very early testing time: As a junior tester, what I faced? Which ways to act I learnt from those experiences.
• What I learnt from switching projects/products frequently.
• How did I survive in different environments?
• What other aspects did I experience after I was a team leader?
• What were the difficulties stemming from working in global studies?

Sometimes testing is underestimated and the responsibility is not understood well. To be able to survive in the next generation testing positions, we as testers have to hold both technical and social skills.

In this talk, I collected 25 soft skills that I decided a tester should have from my personal story. But I am pretty sure all testers face these situations. The presentation aims to wrap several skills from different perspectives like communication, agility, problem solving, efficiency and others.