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Community Spotlight Presents Bart Vrenegoor-->
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 Bart Vrenegoor who recently presented at the 2013 EuroSTAR Conference and will be hosting his session How To Solve Testing Problems Without Solving Them again as a webinar in the upcoming ‘Best of EuroSTAR 2013’ webinar series.
My name is Bart Vrenegoor.
2.Where are you from?
I live in Utrecht, Netherlands.
3.Where do you work?
Sogeti Netherlands. I’m stationed in Vianen (near Utrecht), but also travel a lot because of my global role in the alliance between Sogeti and IBM.
4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?
I started at Sogeti as a Young Professional eight years ago. This was my first introduction to software testing and it’s what I’ve been doing ever since. My study really pointed me in the right direction I guess. I learned to program, about types of communication, but also on generic management topics like finance and marketing. It was a mixture of communication, business and IT. When Sogeti contacted me after my study, I got to read more on testing, got interested and decided to go for it.
5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?
Twice, but the first time didn’t really count. I visited The Hague a few years ago, but it was only one single day. This year I had the opportunity to speak at EuroSTAR and enjoy the entire conference. One thing is for sure – more visits will follow!
6. What’s your favourite hobby?
Sports, both active and passive. I like Roadcycling, and Spinning in the winter as Dutch winters can be really harsh. I also visit the local soccer club a few times a month. Besides sports, I enjoy reading or a good movie, especially Fantasy. In my spare time left I don’t hesitate to drink a few beers with friends as well of course.
7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?
I don’t know, but it would definitely be something in IT.
8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?
Tough one, but if I was to give some advice I would give them these two. First one is about learning and continue learning. I believe it’s important to develop yourself in different areas. Not just hard skills, although they’re also important, but also in the more soft-skill related topics. This will help you to understand who you are and how you operate in a team. It will also help you to decide on what to focus on and how to develop yourself in both your professional as private life. The second advice is about connecting to your fellow testers, for example by visiting conferences, joining communities or using social media etcetera. Don’t hesitate to connect to other testers. It’s fun and you will also learn a lot from it.
9. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?
A satellite phone, a beer and my Kindle. ;-) This way I can call for help and relax while waiting. ;-)
10. What is your favourite motivational quote?
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Got it from Tony Robbins, but I heard more people using it.
12. What has been your biggest software testing challenge so far?
Some end-to-end tests that got frustrated due to test environment problems. Because of all these problems, we didn’t really got the change to do some actual testing. It was more problem solving and getting the environment to work. This is ok for some days, but after a few weeks I totally had it. I’ve been advocating Service Virtualization ever since by the way. ;-)
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