Olga Kuzmin, Soapy’s QA Engineer.
A little about me
I love digging deep, really understanding what it is that I’m doing. I think that in order to be successful in the QA field, you have to dig deeper than anyone else, and that requires being organized as well as creatively messy. It’s a fun balance. I first started working in QA by chance – it was the job I was assigned to when I enlisted in the army, without having ever planned it. I took it from there, continuing to study software and QA. I feel like QA can get a bad reputation sometimes, but I much prefer it compared to developing. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now, and loving every minute of it.
I heard about Soapy from the CTO himself, Alex. I’ve heard of it years ago, when the product was in its earliest stages, and coincidentally we met again when I was looking for a new challenge at the same time Soapy searched for someone to ensure the quality of the product. It’s pure luck, really, because I love working here.
Being a QA Engineer
I feel like being a QA Engineer is a lot of responsibility, whether it be over the software used or the final product itself. You dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s, in a never-ending effort to make the product the best that it can be.
Getting work done
Here at Soapy, I’m in charge of making sure we have a quality end-product, running every test imaginable to make sure that the software is up to the best standard. You can’t succeed in this job if you don’t think outside the box, really put yourself in the user’s shoes and try to make the product as accessible and comfortable to use as you can. I think that’s part of the best things about working here – I have a place to voice my ideas, I feel heard, and that I have a lot of great responsibility towards the product. I think that’s really amazing. I feel like it’s my baby, like I get to hold significant parts of the project in my hands and raise it to be the best that it can be. It’s an incredible experience – I feel like I’m learning every day, that’s the best challenge I could wish for.
Why we wash
I think Soapy gives hand hygiene its rightful place – washing hands is so important, and we tend to neglect it. Soapy highlights that and addresses it in the most direct way possible. Everything about Soapy’s product helps better hand hygiene – collecting the information, dispensing the reagent, etc. I think even the biggest companies can benefit from using the CleanMachine, to help keep their employees safe, and hopefully help kill off a whole lot of viruses.
When I wash my hands I think about my health and those surrounding me. It’s kind of funny, but I think about the same thing when I cough into my elbow like you should.