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Community Spotlight Presents Mauri Edo-->
The Community Spotlight is a brand new 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 Mauri Edo, a frequent blogger for the EuroSTAR Community.
My name is Mauri Edo, nice to meet you!
2. Where are you from?
3. Where do you work?
I work in a small to medium sized online market research firm called Netquest. It’s the perfect company for testers, as we develop market research related software that is used by the different branches we have in real market research projects, so testers can easily talk to the end users, as well as the rest of the stakeholders, to better understand their needs and problems. I’ve been involved in this company since almost its beginnings, which were my professional beginnings as well, 10 years ago.
4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?
The official version is that my domain knowledge and field experience got me the job, but the real thing is that I was “discovered” by my current boss 8 years ago. I have a background in market research and, at that time, my job consisted in managing market research projects that required some technical abilities, which made them funnier. I also volunteered for beta testing new features of our software that were under development, a task that I enjoyed a lot. The development team was growing in size and professionality and recruited me as a lone wolf tester, until now, that I have the pleasure to lead a team with 3 wonderful fellow testers.
5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?
Ok, I confess, I’ve never been to EuroSTAR. In my defense I can say that I am new into testing conferences, with only three of them behind in the last 2 years. EuroSTAR is on my future conferences wishlist, of course :)
6. What’s your favourite hobby?
Music, music and music. I’d like to tell that I am a musician, but I barely play something once or twice per month. To comfort myself on this, I say that I am evolving to be an allaround creator, as I enjoy writing, painting, drawing… and all creative activities and arts.
7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?
For a while, I’d try to consolidate myself as a musician, and from that, I’d love to run a small record label, making music happen around me.
8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?
In my opinion, testing is not a career you can master, so you have to be ready to stay forever in square one. This fact requires a huge amount of humility but it is also the magic of the craft, as it never ends.
9. If you could do a project with one other tester/developer/programmer who would it be?
I have a motto that says “you can always learn something”, so give me anyone, testers, developers, programmers, CEOs, business analysts, designers, architects… of any level, novices, amateurs or superexperts. Surely I can take a piece of learning from it (or even two).
10. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?
My acoustic guitar, a pencil and an endless notebook. It only takes your brain to amuse yourself,and I’ll have an island for myself and plenty of time to explore it, lucky me!
11. What is your favourite motivational quote?
I once attended a talk by Lynn Mckee where she said “Be the change you seek”, which is a version of a similar quote allegedly pronounced by Gandhi. I think I will remember that moment forever, it still thrills me. It’s not only the quote, but the moment you hear it and the person who says it to you.
12. What has been your biggest software testing challenge so far?
Every day is a testing challenge, delivering testing value is really hard sometimes, but you also have to care about making others notice this value, so that they perceive testing as valuable as well and, ultimately, request this value to you. This is what I stand for, my daily fight.