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Community Spotlight Presents Radek Smilgin

  • 21/06/2013
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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 Radek Smilgin, Radek is the first Community Spotlight interviewee from Poland we have featured and he is also one of the 2013 EuroSTAR Community Leaders.

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Radek Smilgin.

2.Where are you from?


3.Where do you work?

I’m self-employed. I’m a trainer and testing consultant at

4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?

I would say it is a story like many others. When I have graduated from my studies in 2002 there was not many people working in the field of testing. My first IT job after graduation was as a C programmer at Bombardier Transportation, where I got to know more about what software testing actually is. And that’s how the love started…

5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?

I really regret it was only once. I knew about the event but there was no occasion for me to go. I will not miss the next one, I promise.

7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?

Testing is my hobby – I would probably die unhappy looking for a desired job.

8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?

Learn, learn, learn. The Internet is full of testing hints, tips and ideas that will make you a better tester every day.

9. If you could do a project with one other tester/developer/programmer who would it be?

I would gladly work with Rex Black. Since I know him only from his books and webinars I wonder how he is able to implement ISTQB standards on a daily basis.

10. What is your favourite motivational quote?

I’m not sure you can call it a motivational quote. It is a title of Michael Hunter’s checklist – “You are not done yet”.

11. What has been your biggest software testing challenge so far?

The biggest challenge is still in front of me. I want to convince Polish Project Managers, people responsible for public procurement, developers and business representatives that testing is important and worth every penny.

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