Testing Leads To Self-Discovery
- Location: United States
- Specialty: Functional; Web, Desktop, Mobile
- Experience: 9 years
- Languages: English, Russian
Being a software tester was Elena Houser’s destiny. After working in fields like international business, finance, the federal government and software development she stumbled into testing and continues to lead a serendipitous testing life.
“I worked for UUNet back in the day as a junior web developer. We had a shortage of testers so everyone on the team chipped in to help test,” she said. “During one of the system integration tests I found a serious design bug that had been in the system since the beginning. My development lead got upset at me and said I was cursed to be a tester. So I switched.”
From there she eventually fell in with testing guru James Bach, participated in one of his famous testing puzzles and reading his Testing the Limits interview on the uTest blog. She hasn’t looked back since.
“These were a turning point and a so-called sign from above that helped jumpstart my testing journey and to give uTest a shot,” she said. “It’s been a long journey of self-discovery for me but I now consider testing as both a job and a hobby. It is something that I cannot seem to get enough of doing.”
Elena joined uTest because it helps feed her ever constant desire to learn. Since joining in 2010 she’s added Android and iOS testing to her skills and has achieved gold tester and Test Team Lead statuses. She was also named the Top Android Tester in the 2011 uTester of the Year Awards.
“You really do get every conceivable type of testing experience here,” Elena said. “I have broadened my testing horizons to an unimaginable extent. I have participated in a wide variety of cycles and each of them has given me something I can use in my everyday testing. I have become quicker at finding bugs, more confident and see the bigger picture.”