In Meet a Tester, we feature QA experts from our community who share their love for quality and Testlio. Alex is a self-professed esthete and software tester from Kyiv, Ukraine. 

Where are you from?

I was born in Belarus but I’ve lived in Ukraine for most of my life. My native language is Russian but I also speak Ukrainian and English. Besides that, I know several words of German 🙂

What is your educational background? 

I have a mix of specialties actually – I studied Architecture and Construction with a specialty in Programming to become a Systems Analyst.

After graduating, I started working in an architecture studio as a 3D visualizer and since I had to know the 3DsMax app, I also obtained a certificate in 3D modeling using 3DsMax.

How did you end up testing for Testlio? 

So in 2014, I heard about this beta testing program for Windows 10 called Insiders program – I wanted to try the new operating system earlier so I signed up for the testing program not even really knowing what testing actually meant. After six months of testing the builds, I decided to learn more about the testing industry and started taking some courses. 

In parallel, I was looking for a work opportunity in testing and found an article on the web about crowdsourced platforms. In it, there was an overview of several platforms and Testlio immediately stood out to me. To register on Testlio you had to prove that you were worthy. You needed to find a bug and fix it in order to move forward to the platform. At the time, that was a small and interesting challenge that no other platform was providing. I also registered on other platforms to work on different projects and gain more experience. But when I started to get more invitations from Testlio I decided to fully switch to it only. At the same time, I also got an offer from an IT company to become a tester, so this combined with Testlio gave me a good workload.

What do you like about testing at Testlio?

I really like the approach Testlio follows with regard to cycle invitations. It’s not the tester who chooses the project, but the project that chooses the tester. So it’s like having this responsibility that the project is counting on me.

What are your specialties?

At the moment, my specialty is web automation testing. I’m supporting the automation framework and developing automation tests using .Net platform. Manual testing is a part of my daily work as well. In addition to my day-to-day job, Testlio gives me very valuable experience when it comes to mobile testing.

How does Testlio’s pay compare to other crowd testing platforms?

At Testlio, you don’t work under stress or pressure as opposed to the other platforms where you get paid only for bugs found. Testlio values tester’s time and pays for it. So the pay rate is very competitive.

How do you manage the balance between testing and personal life?

My family and friends already know the times I’m generally busy with Testlio’s tasks. On the whole, Testlio provides very flexible time frames so my everyday routine or evening amusements are not impacted. I like to spend time with my wife and son so I try to not mix their free time with my busy time.

Alex and his son

What motivates you professionally?

My motivation is very simple. Learn, learn, learn. 

Whenever I’m faced with something I don’t know, I always try to figure it out myself first. If I ask someone for the answer, I won’t really learn anything – but if I find the solution or answer on my own, I feel really delighted. So yes, learning is my motivation.

What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

I consider myself an esthete. I truly appreciate it when everything I do, use or where I live is beautiful and enjoyable. For example, in my new apartment, I designed my working space to reflect my sense of taste, paying attention to every decor nuances. Now I can enjoy working for Testlio in a perfectly relaxing environment, with a cup of coffee and to the sounds of the birds and children playing.

What are some apps you use that provide a great user experience?

I like to listen to music and being a fan of Android, I use Google Play Music very often. The app makes very accurate music suggestions and there are many music collections based on mood or preferences. Somehow the machine learning just works 🙂

How would you convince a friend to join Testlio?

I would say that Testlio is a community of testers with amazing people from all over the world. It’s a very friendly, family-like atmosphere. You get the best hands-on testing experience and there are opportunities for career growth.

Do you like software testing? You too can join Testlio and be part of our amazing community of testers! 

Josepha is an aspiring polymath, interested in anything and everything.
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