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Community Spotlight Presents Craig Hodgson-->
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 Craig Hodgson who his head of Automation Practice at Centre4 Testing.
2.Where are you from?
Originally from Edinburgh and now living In Farnham, Surrey
3.Where do you work?
I work for Centre4 Testing heading up the Automation Practice, helping our clients and team get the best out of Test Automation.
4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?
My first job post graduation was with Microsoft on a very busy help desk which certainly helped me develop skills for debugging. From there I built Education offerings for a couple of software vendors and then joined Mercury (acquired by HP) in their EMEA Professional Services team. It was here that I got hands on with Test Automation and testing as a whole and have continued to deliver solutions to a number of organisations – initially as a freelancer and for the last four years with Centre4 Testing.
5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?
2014 will be my first year – I am hoping to get an opportunity to speak on the subject I am passionate about, maximising the benefits of Test Automation.
6. What’s your favourite hobby?
Family is hugely important to me, spending time with my wife and kids is my way of relaxing away from work. I also enjoy a game of golf every now and again.
7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?
I am very much a ‘people’ person and have a Masters in Social Anthropology so I like to think I would be working in a developing community somewhere in the world.
8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?
By all means read the ‘testing’ books, sit the exams, listen to peers and read as many online resources as you can but also try to develop your skills by getting ‘hands on’ – especially with test tools!
9. If you could do a project with one other tester/developer/programmer who would it be?
Good question, there is no specific person that springs to mind but I would love to be involved with the project (Internet.org) to take the Internet to the other two thirds of the global population that don’t currently have it.
10. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?
My family, my Macbook and a boat.
11. What is your favourite motivational quote?
“Never give up – find the solution that works” Anon.
12. What has been your biggest software testing challenge so far?
The biggest challenge is happening right now – mobile! Staying abreast of continuous development and customer demand while at the same time evaluating the tools and techniques and helping organisations test ‘mobile’ is a growing focus for us at the moment.
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