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Community Spotlight Presents Anna Hoff-->
The Community Spotlight is a feature on the EuroSTAR Blog which brings to focus those who matter in software testing industry in Europe – you, the members of the EuroSTAR Community!
We want to give you the chance to get to know more about your peers throughout Europe and share your own experiences, career highlights and some fun facts with the testing community by taking our Community Spotlight interview.
This Community Spotlight features Anna Hoff, Anna recently presented at the EuroSTARonline Software Testing Summit, her presentation was Experiences from 10 years of testing – A couple of interesting cases.
1. Name: Anna Hoff
2. Where are you from?
3. Where do you work?
Knowit Quality Services South AB
4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?
By an accident. When I got my masters degree in 2002 the ammount of available jobs were not exactly overwhelming. But I got two offers: tester and store manager. I had never thought about becoming a tester but I knew for sure that I would not have any use of my education working as a store manager (It was not an IT/computer related store), so I took the job as a tester. After a while I discovered that it was not as bad after all :-)
5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?
Two times. Both as a speaker (www.thesupertester.com) . (2009 & 2010)
6. What’s your favourite hobby?
I have more hobbies that time :-) Currently there have been a lot of baking. I love creating really fancy and creative cakes. This weekend I am going to create a raspberry/vanilla cake in the shape of a hobbit-house for my brother in law. Now, that is going to be a challenge!
7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?
I have had many career-plans over the years. Pilot, architect, movie director, actress, hacker, developer, project manager and as just mentioned I was close to take a job as a store manager. So I guess that is some of the options on where I would have been. Though I have always said that farmer is my backup career :-) The only thing stopping me is the fack that I don’t have a farm and that you need to get up way to early in the morning.
8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?
Go to free seminars and other test gatherings. Socialize with other testers and have fun. Try out new ideas for yourself and be creative!
Most testers are very generous and love talking about anything when it comes to testing. So just grab someone at a gathering and you will be filld with new ideas in seconds. Let the ideas settle and try them on your self.
9. If you could do a project with one other tester/developer/programmer who would it be?
no way I can pick just one person. But I can pick just one team! I would pick the team (and a few hangarounds) I worked with in Gävle. They were awesome in skill, attitude and friendship. Malin Hansson, David Pers, Åke Jennehag, Magnus Östlin, Henrik Jaakkola, Pontus Liljegren, Daniel Edberg. I still compare everything I do to the way we worked. We were a mean team!
10. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?
Assuming it is a sunny island with lots of edible stuff and no predators, I would bring sunscreen, spotify and a lamp with a generous genie inside as backup.
11. What is your favourite motivational quote?
“Are you prepared to, during 5 years, do what 95% of the population will never do,to, in 5 years, achieve what 95% will never achieve?” – Charlie Söderberg (Economy expert)
“The only way to do great work is to love the work you do” – Steve Jobs