We are back at presenting our manual testing team to you! This time, we talked to Alex Boda. With an exciting background in special wedding effects and even managing the event planning team, Alex embarked on the opportunity to switch careers to the software testing industry when one of his friends suggested our company.

Find out about his dream of becoming a chief or about his favorite place in the world below!

What is your role at BetterQA?

I’m a QA Engineer currently specializing in manual testing. I also coordinate small teams of testers.

Before BetterQA, what previous jobs did you have?

During high school, I worked at wedding venues. The job was to provide dry ice smoke during the first dance of the bride and groom. It’s a bit hard to explain, but here is one event I took part in https://www.Mirage Romania.Dansul mirilor, 30.08.2015youtube.com/watch?v=xtMQjdXWIbk

I did it consistently for six years, and it was a great experience. I got the chance to build a team, onboard each individual, improve my management skills by planning each weekend (as we had multiple weddings at a time), and deal with stressful situations.

But the job that I loved the most was working as a chef. After learning the process, it felt like a dance, especially when we had a lot of orders, and this “controlled chaos” was setting in. Cooking multiple dishes at a time, switching from one table to another in the kitchen. Everyone was moving fast, but no one bumped into another.

Also, the team played a huge role; the vibe was awesome all the time, even in those days when the order flow seemed endless.

If you’re looking for the greatest pizza ever in Cluj–Napoca, definitely check out Pizza Acrobatica. Cheers!

Why did you join BetterQA, and what has kept you here?

BetterQA was an opportunity that came out of nowhere. One of my friends was working here and told me that I should apply. So, here I am, not regretting the decision at all!

Initially, I got into software development, but testing software rather than building it seemed more fun, especially the moments of: “okay, this seems to be working, now how can I break it?”

I enjoy the projects I’m working on. BetterQA gave me the opportunity to collaborate and learn from professionals and big names in the industry.

What do you find the most challenging, and what do you like most at BetterQA?

What I admire most about working at BetterQA is that they really care about their employees. It’s always the employee’s happiness first, and it’s a very good place for someone to grow. I also like that there is always a teammate who will reply to you in no time when you feel stuck.

What I find most challenging, in a positive way, is keeping each individual on a project up to date. As a Tester, you interact with everyone – Content team, Design Team, UX, Devs, Project Managers, and external teams. You need to know the status of the project at all times.

What career path would you follow if you weren’t doing this?

I would probably go back to being a chef. Travel the world and learn as many cuisines as possible, then choose the dishes I like most and open a restaurant. This would be the safer route, but to be honest, I always wanted to write and produce music. Unfortunately, as I do not have a musical background, this ended up becoming a hobby.

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

I practice and play the guitar, spend time with family and friends, work out, or learn something new.

What’s a fun fact about you that not many people know?

When I walk on a checkered sidewalk, I step only on the same type of tiles.

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

For me, it’s more about the people. I don’t have a specific place I can never say no to visiting it. You could be in a small village or a metropolis, but if you are not with the right people, you won’t enjoy it as much.

What is the weirdest fact you know?

The most expensive coffee on Earth is made of animal feces.

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