In this edition of our “Getting to know us” series, we are talking with Inna. She started as a tester at spriteCloud in 2021 and quickly became one of our line managers. This was also her first job as a consultant and sees a notable advantage in the role when it comes to learning new skills, but don’t take it from us. Dive into Inna’s interview!
Hi Inna, thanks for having a chat with us. Can you start by introducing yourself?
Hi there! My name is Inna, I’m from Ukraine and I moved to the Netherlands two years ago. Starting my career as a Software Tester was my conscious choice. After completing an offline Software Testing course in Odessa, I got two offers and chose to work for a Dutch company (didn’t ever plan to actually relocate here lol). Since then my professional life is about constantly learning new tools, approaches, frameworks and getting certifications. Really cool!
What’s your role at spriteCloud and what do you like most about it?
Currently, I’m combining a few roles. I am a line manager for a team of seven people and I’m also a test consultant working for one of spriteCloud’s biggest clients. And…here you probably would assume that the list is over but nope! At my client, I am a test engineer and a scrum master. So I’m wearing 3 hats!
What I like the most about spriteCloud is that I can combine roles, coach people and learn from them! It’s never boring. I’m working for one company but have the possibility to switch projects from time to time which makes me learn new skills and be able to apply them immediately in practice. Continuous development is guaranteed.
This is not your first spriteCloud interview, back in 2021 when you joined spriteCloud you told us a bit about your expectations for your new role. Looking back on this first year (of hopefully many more to come), what were your highlights and what challenges did you have to overcome?
Working as a test consultant means that you have some bench time every once in a while. This is my first job as a consultant. Before that, it was always a long employment for a single company and I was positively surprised that you can get paid for learning and getting new skills in between assignments. So I used this time wisely and got two certifications: Salesforce Administrator and PSM 1, Professional Scrum Master. Immediately after, on my next project, I was hired as a Test Engineer (of course) and also a Scrum Master! So this was a challenge, working as a Scrum Master so quickly. Luckily for me, I’m a quick learner and adapt rapidly, so I was soon in my element.
Thinking about your future, what are new skills or interests that you would like to explore? Or more generally where do you see your career going?
I’m interested in developing both parts of my career, so I’ll probably dig deeper into quality assurance, test automation, CI/CD pipelines (basically everything related to software testing), as well as people management. I see myself as a test lead or test manager who actively contributes to test activities and helps the testing team to overcome challenges. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty and test, test, test!
One of your “hats” at spriteCloud is working as a line manager. What do you think are important skills to have to be a good one?
A good line manager is actively listening, able to recognise an issue and is willing to help. The ability to motivate your team and support them in their growth is also crucial.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Is there a topic you could talk about for hours?
I’m pretty outgoing. In my spare time you can often find me cycling (yes, I love exploring this beautiful country), gardening, crocheting, learning Dutch or learning new testing tools 🙂
And of course, I’m a cat person. I love talking about cats, telling funny stories and sharing pictures.