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Women in Testing: Celebrating International Women’s Day

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Every day is a great day to celebrate women around the globe, but International Women’s Day gives us an extra reason to do just that! 🚺 Today, International Women’s Day is a strong reminder of women’s achievements throughout the year, while raising awareness about women’s equality. We wanted to celebrate this occasion by shedding some light on 5 magnificent women in testing that are constantly rising to the top, and share with you a series that is full of girl power 💥💪

Thank you to the female role models in our community and especially to these incredible ladies listed here below, that provided such inspirational answers to our questionnaire and shared their voices with test automation articles that we all love 💕 Keep making an impact because there is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish!

Happy International Women’s Day to all the incredible women out there! 👩🏻👩🏾👱🏻‍♀️👩

Without further ado, I’m happy to dive into this Women in Testing series we’ve compiled here, and we encourage you all to also take an active part and share your own individual answers to the questions below:

1️⃣ What can we do to encourage more women to choose the path of software testing?
2️⃣ Name one woman you have learned the most from in this industry?
3️⃣ If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

Women in Testing

Laveena Ramchandani

Laveena Ramchandani

  1. What can we do to encourage more women to choose the path of software testing?
    “What a great question. In my opinion, we need to raise more awareness about testing in general. Also, many women feel that IT is about being very technical, but testing is actually a mix of both technical and business awareness. I remember during my degree testing was recapped quite swiftly, so when I graduated and started on a testing team I was slightly confused. Also back then very few women used to be part of a technical team as a tester. However now it makes me quite happy to see so many women as testers.”
  2. Name one woman you have learned the most from in this industry?
    “I can’t name one woman, I have learned a lot from many women in the testing industry. The testing community is full of amazing individuals who have great skillset. I have been given so many opportunities through so many women and I wish this can continue for everyone else too. Just like everyone else in the community I also give back through my knowledge whether it’s via a blog/podcast or conferences. Therefore I will dedicate this answer to all the lovely ladies in the testing community and around the world too, to keep spreading the knowledge as it is taken very positively.”
  3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
    “I would say I should have been more open to new challenges. I would advise that never feel unsure about things, go and try a new challenge. You cannot make a good decision until you have tried it. There is so much support out there, network, socialize, collaborate with individuals. You never know how a small chat can do wonders for you. There is always something that’s a best fit for you, think of the world as a puzzle, you will fit somewhere and feel good about it.”

👉 Read Laveena Ramchandani’s latest article: The World of Software Development Life Cycle

Sri Priya

Sri Priya

  1. What can we do to encourage more women to choose the path of software testing?
    “By conducting weekly/ monthly chitchat tech talks to discuss all the thoughts & challenges to get an overview of software testing. This removes the misunderstanding people have about software testing.”
  2. Name one woman you have learned the most from in this industry?
    “Angie Jones.”
  3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
    “If I could go back, I was thinking software development is more important. But I would say to myself that both software testing & development take equal priority. Software Testing is one of the best careers when you think like a detective along with patience for finding the defects.”

👉 Read Sri Priya’s latest article: Everything about Exploratory Testing!

Jette Pedersen

Jette Pedersen

  1. What can we do to encourage more women to choose the path of software testing?
    “We need to visualize how rewording a job as software tester can be. How much fun it can be working together as a team ensuring the good quality. The teamwork between the developers and the QA is both fun and you learn a lot from each other.”
  2. Name one woman you have learned the most from in this industry?
    “There is more than one that I would like to mention. The teacher I have learned the most from when I have taken my certifications is Gitte Ottosen (DK). She has so much experience in software testing and is so good at teaching. Because it is so important to be able to communicate with both developers and also the business people, I have found much inspiration in materials from Lyssa Adkins. I have also found that I have benefited from learning how to facilitate. Here my inspiration have come from the facilitator Aino Vonge Corry, who have taught me how to be a good facilitator.”
  3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
    “I would then start by learning to be good at communication and to be good at asking questions. Since we as testers are the ones often bringing bad news to the developer about the quality of their work, it would be so much easier if you master communication and asking clarifying questions.”

👉 Read Jette Pedersen’s article: Quality Assurance – What Is There To Talk About?

Andreea Draniceanu

Andreea Draniceanu

  1. What can we do to encourage more women to choose the path of software testing?
    “I guess it’s important that more women become visible, and this will make the field become more inclusive.”
  2. Name one woman you have learned the most from in this industry?
    “If I have to pick just one, I would say Angie Jones. I love her articles and videos, and her take on testing in general.”
  3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
    “Be bolder! I took a long time transitioning from manual to automation testing (which is what I wanted to do most) because I thought I didn’t know enough. But the best way to learn is to put it into practice. I’ll probably have many things to learn years from now, and that’s actually what makes this field so cool :)”

👉 Read Andreea Draniceanu’s latest article: Launch Appium Automation Tests in Under 10 Minutes


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Meital Matsafi

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Meital Matsafi

As the Head of Community at TestProject and a test automation enthusiast by ❤, I love building and maintaining relationships with our community members, diverse community organizations, and internal entities while learning and sharing my key findings. Assisting with the development of robust engagement plans & activities I’m extremely eager to evolve and grow the community.

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