About


I’m a chatty, outgoing and passionate team leader, consultant, software tester and product owner. Communicating with people is my raison d’être. I enjoy working in agile processes and sharing my experiences with others.

Where I come from

My background is in languages and linguistics, but I fell happily into IT and software testing in 2005 when I applied for a summer job translating a software handbook. Since everything about software was new to me, I had a lot to learn – and I loved learning it. I realised pretty quickly that there is a place for people from a non-technical background in this technical world. I now consider myself to be very technical; nevertheless I see my core skills of empathy, communication, listening and ‘translating’ as my most useful strengths in my roles.

Where I’ve been

From starting out writing that handbook (as it turned out, there was no translation source), I moved naturally into software testing since I needed to find out whether the features I was documenting worked as discussed, or at all. In addition, the product I was documenting was/is an automated testing tool, so I started learning about software testing processes and methods very quickly.

Armed with my discoveries, I soon started contributing to the discussions about new features. Eventually, I became the product owner and a consultant for the tool before becoming the head of the quality department at the company. I count myself lucky to have witnessed and participated in the growth of a software product over ten years – it’s a great source of experience and constant source of inspiration and learning opportunities. I’ve expanded on my experience by working as a consultant on customer projects and by talking with other testers, developers and product owners on my travels.

Experience

University

  • 2001 – 2005: University of York: French and German (Language and Linguistics), BA (Hons). Grade received: First Class Degree
  • 2006 – 2007: University of York: Phonetics and Phonology. MA. Grade received: Distinction

Work

I work at a company in Braunschweig, Germany called BREDEX GmbH. We’re a software development and consulting company and also contributors to Jubula, an open source testing tool.

  • November 2016 – ongoing: Head of Software Quality and Test Consulting, BREDEX GmbH
  • June 2014 – November 2016: Head of Test Consulting, BREDEX GmbH
  • August 2009 – January 2017: Product Owner, BREDEX GmbH
  • January 2010 – June 2014: Test Consultant, BREDEX GmbH
  • October 2007 – January 2010: Software Tester, BREDEX GmbH
  • October 2007 – June 2014: Customer communication, marketing and event organisation, BREDEX GmbH
  • August 2005- October 2006: Technical documentation and marketing, BREDEX GmbH

Organisations

  • January 2017: guest on Software Testing Show Podcast
  • April 2015 – ongoing: Mentor with the Speak Easy program
  • August 2014 – ongoing: Co-organiser of the ASQF regional software-testing meetup in Niedersachsen
  • 2011 –  ongoing: Eclipse Committer, co-project lead since 2015

Conference involvement

One of the great things about my job is that I can be involved in conferences about testing, agile and development:

  • Organiser of the Niedersachsen Testing Day 2016 and 2018
  • Track Reviewer for XP2018
  • Program Chair for Romanian Testing Conference 2018
  • Open Space Moderator, Agile Testing Days (Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, USA) 2014 – 2018
  • Program Committee member for Eurostar 2017
  • Organiser of the “Women in Testing” Summit at Eurostar 2017
  • Program Chair and organizer for the Project Quality Day at Eclipse Con Europe in 2014-2017
  • Reviewer, Agile in the City 2018, London
  • Program Committee member for Eclipse Converge 2017
  • Track Chair, Eurostar 2016
  • Member of a group to improve diversity for Eclipse Con Europe 2016
  • Member of the Program Committee for the Heise Developer World at the CeBIT, 2016
  • Advisor for the European Test Conference 2016
  • Track Chair, Eurostar 2014
  • Organiser of the Eclipse Testing Days from 2010 – 2013

Training and coaching

  • Agile coach and trainer
  • ASQF Certified Professional for IoT Quality Engineering Trainer
  • Exploratory testing workshops
  • ISTQB Foundation Level Trainer
  • CMAP Mobile Application Professional Trainer
  • Coach for new speakers
  • Mentor and coach for new testers
  • UI test automation practices workshops
  • Workshops on distributed development
  • Jubula tool trainer

Courses and certificates

  • ASQF Certified Professional for IoT Quality Engineering, February 2018
  • Negotiation and communication seminar, August 2017
  • Team management seminar, January 2016
  • ISTQB Certified Test Manager, February 2015
  • ISQI CMAP certification, September 2014
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner, 2014
  • Basic Java Course
  • Management and communication seminar, November 2013
  • Communication seminar, 2013
  • Writing course at the Akademie für Publistik
  • ISTQB Foundation Level, August 2011

Languages

  • English (native language)
  • German (fluent)
  • French (very good)

Personal

  • I moved from England to Germany in 2005 and became a German citizen in 2014.
  • I’ve played violin since I was nine and now play in a Celtic folk band called Naván. I also sing and play guitar.
  • I keep up with my French language skills by taking conversation classes.
  • I learn standard and Latin-American dancing with my husband – we dance once a week.
  • I’ve been (lacto-ovo) vegetarian since I was sixteen.
  • I’ve been described as a force of nature by multiple people. I take it as a high compliment.
  • I’m highly extroverted. You’ll usually find me in the middle of the crowd. After conferences I have a ‘low’  because I miss the people.
  • I’m an avid World of Warcraft player – I play it in intensive phases then take a break.
  • I enjoy baking – and feeding the results to other people.
  • I have a black belt in karate
  • I enjoy all kinds of sport – pilates, yoga, climbing, swimming, zumba and weights – anything that gets me moving and keeps me busy
  • My favourite animals are ducks and squirrels.
  • I’m terrified of velociraptors.

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