• Test Engineer
  • 28 years old
  • Avid social media protagonist who presented her CV in the form of a mind map

Testing: a suitable career move

“A friend of mine had recently started a job in testing, so I began to wonder if testing could also be an interesting career choice for me. I noticed there was an opening at Itineris for the position of Test Engineer during a job fair in Brussels and that’s how it all started… after talking to the Test Manager at the job fair I decided to apply.”

“Friends sometimes find it odd that I’m working at an IT company…but I don’t share their opinion. Despite my studying Communication Sciences, a career in testing isn’t all that far-fetched for me. I have a natural urge to try out new things. For example, while looking for a job, I was testing apps for a research study conducted by the University of Ghent and that’s how I came into touch with IT software testing. Testing UMAX however, Itineris’ software solution for utilities, is much more challenging and complex. You cannot take apps to the same depths or run into a brick wall with them like you can with UMAX!”

Quickly learning the UMAX lingo

“In the beginning, some of the daily conversations here sounded like Chinese to me. Luckily, everyone is very open and willing to help, which lowers the threshold to ask questions. I immediately felt part of the team. The coach and buddy system is also a big support. On my first day, an experienced tester was assigned to me as a coach and he introduced me to the testing tools & methodologies. My buddy, on the other hand, is a developer and helps me out with the practical stuff. It can be a jungle of unfamiliar faces, obscure abbreviations and technical terms at the start, so having one particular person to rely on, who can tell you who to approach depending on the kind of question you have, is really helpful.”

What my job really entails, every day

Itineris uses Scrum methodology, a flexible development strategy in which progress is made via a series of ‘sprints’. During a ‘monthly’ sprint, the different scrum teams develop and test software functionality. As a tester, Phyline is also part of one of those scrum teams.

“My job consists of writing test cases based on the requested functionality and executing those test cases. It is crucial to communicate adequately during this process. Each morning, we have a short stand-up meeting with the whole scrum team to discuss process and possible blocking factors. In addition, there are biweekly test team meetings and one-on-one sessions with our Test Manager.”

“Finishing a sprint and knowing that you played an important part in fixing issues feels very rewarding. In the next sprint, parts of the functionality of the previous sprint may re-emerge and then people drop by to ask you questions about that particular issue. The fact that I can answer those questions, that other people can also rely on me and that I do not only depend on other people really encourages me.”