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Community Spotlight Presents Rob van Steenbergen-->
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 Rob van Steenbergen, Rob is an independent tester with his own company called Chicken Wings Test Consultancy and he also runs the website Test Events.
My name is Rob van Steenbergen
2.Where are you from?
I’m from The Netherlands, living in a polder as we call it, on the old ‘Suyderzee’ sea bottom in the city of Lelystad. It’s somewhere in the middle of the Netherlands, in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam.
3.Where do you work?
I’m an independent tester, and have my own company called “Chickenwings Test Consultancy” for five years now. At this moment I’m working on a project at a book publisher which makes boos for the public education sector. They are currently going digital with their learning environment. The project ends this month. After that I’m available for a new project, but first some weeks of Holiday.
4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?
I found a job advertorial at a job agency: “Testers wanted. Including free study”. I was working at a warehouse moving boxes at that moment and thought that this was the job for me. (No more bugs in software!) In my free time I just finished a helpdesk study, so that helped me getting a basic knowledge of IT. I was hired and studied testing for a few months and got to work on my first project.
5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?
Two times, both in the Netherlands in The Hague and Amsterdam.
6. What’s your favourite hobby?
Through the years I change my interests and my hobbies. Still love listening music, watching movies and I’m waiting (while I’m typing this) for my new robot building kit that I ordered. Also I see testing as a hobby, writing articles, talking about and tracking test events over the world and sharing information about them via testevents.com. Maybe I should call testing my favourite hobby but that maybe sounds a bit too nerdy, doesn’t it?
7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?
That’s very difficult to say. In the past I wanted to be a novel writer, sing-a-song writer, guitar player, comic drawing artist. Very creative stuff. So maybe if one of those things would have happened… I couldn’t make any money with that, so I wasn’t lucky or not really good at it.
8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?
One advice that I give when people ask (or without even them asking), that a great idea is start to read at least every day for about 30 minutes about testing. Doesn’t have to be a book, but can be blogs or articles that you can find on the internet. Read at least for 30 minutes every day and you will know awfully lot after a few years. You’ll be the expert!
9. If you could do a project with one other tester/developer/programmer who would it be?
There are a lot of people with whom I’d like to work. I guess I would like to work with a developer who is really thinking about testing and doing it next to his daily job. I could learn a lot about the developer’s viewpoint in that respect. And for a tester I would like to work with test people that have a clear vision, viewpoint and experience in the context driven testing way of work. Lot to learn there too.
10. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?
• It would depend on what you mean by a desert island?
• Is there already any food or something I could eat there?
• Is there a house or some kind of shelter already?
• Has it great beaches or is the shore rocky?
• Are there any snakes or other dangerous animals?
I could continue with questions, but really: It depends on the island I’m stranded on.
Thank you for the interview,
Rob van Steenbergen