My Role at Testbirds is a series of blog posts that gives insights into the daily life at the office. Every so often, one of our employees will introduce you to his or her line of work and share some helpful tips.
This week features our team member David, who is a project manager at Testbirds for over a year now.
I’m one of the rare “Münchner Kindl” here at Testbirds. I was born in Munich and have lived here ever since. I also finished school in Munich and started studying architecture (in Munich of course ). During my studies I decided to learn more about design (that was also a big part of architecture) and started with an internship at an eLearning company. During the internship I had my first projects as a project manager and I decided to go deeper into it. So I started studying to be a digital media designer (both design and technical). After a while I noticed that I was more interested in the technical part than the design part, and so my projects ran more and more into a technical direction. After a few years with the eLearning company where I learned a lot about design, technology and the development of bigger web applications I came to Testbirds where I’m focusing on the Quality Assurance part of software development.
(To all non-germans: “Münchner Kindl” means born and raised in Munich, something like “Child of Munich”)
What you do at Testbirds:
Basically it is project management. This includes discussing the test setup with clients, helping the testers if they have problems and evaluating test results.
My favorite projects contain functional testing, so I’m doing a lot of bug tests and testcase tests.
Current Computer: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge
Current mobile device: iPhone 5S and iPad 4
One word that best describes how you work: Strictly
A typical work day consists of:
Starting up my notebook, and meanwhile I’m making an espresso. When my notebook is running I have to check my mails first, looking for tester problems or some news from my clients regarding the next tests. After that I always open our Nest to see what is happening in the current tests, followed by checking bugs, setting up new tests and so on.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without (and why)?
Evernote! That’s my second brain where I put in everything I’m thinking about but have to work on it later.
What’s your workspace setup like?
As clean as possible, I don’t like chaos on my desk. When I go home in the evening there should only be the telephone, the monitor and the notebook, because I want to start the next day with a clean desk.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut?
I don’t have only one best time-saving shortcut. I try to use my keyboard as often as possible because the input of a keyboard is very precise, e.g. using “Pos1” is more precise and faster than trying to hit the position with the mouse. When I’m working with Excel I’m only using my keyboard (maybe here I have my favorite shortcut: “Alt”, “R”, “L”, “arrows” to change the format of a cell very quickly).
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without (and why)?
Headphones/music. I always use them if I have to concentrate on complex tasks and for relaxing.
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?
I think I don’t panic easily. I try to keep quiet every time my work is very stressful.
What do you like to do outside work?
First of all, after work I want to see my wife. She is the person who makes me smile after a stressful day . In my free time I try to do some sports, meet friends, learn new things or watch a good movie.
What’s the best advice/life motto you’ve ever heard?
“Es ist nicht zu wenig Zeit, die wir haben, sondern es ist zu viel Zeit, die wir nicht nutzen.“ (Lucius Annaeus Seneca). It always remembers me to use time efficiently.
(Free translation: “It’s not that we have too little time, but that there is a lot of time that we do not use”)
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Hm… I would like to meet a person from the far future, who can tell me how the (technical) world looks like in hundreds of years.