STARWEST 2021 Concurrent Session : The Human Side to Testing


Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Human Side to Testing

We’re known for breaking things and testing the limits, and patience of our team and our systems. We advocate for quality in all things and we advocate for the end user. But, none of us actually think about how our varied backgrounds influence what we do and how we test. In this session we’ll explore how our previous (and current) experiences subconsciously affect our testing and how to bring those experiences to the forefront in order to be better testers all around. We’ll show how our experiences with tech and outside of tech influence how, what, and why we test the way we do. We’ll also show that the multitude of experiences can create a better testing team. Attendees will be able to embrace their experiences and look for new experiences that can build upon their testing abilities.

Rocket Homes

Amanda Perkins is a Sr SQA for Rocket Homes. She has been in the quality field for 8 years and uses her vast array of job skills to help improve not only the quality of software but the quality of interactions between team members. With a background in customer service, retail sales, music and leadership, she uses these skills to help her to think outside of the box when it comes to quality. With a passion for software quality and strengthening soft skills for members in IT, she is a speaker and has given conference talks on building more inclusive teams, tips and tricks on how to give better demos, and is working toward giving other talks on automation frameworks and the human side of software testing. Amanda lives near Kansas City, MO with her husband, 2 kids, cat and dog.