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The Faces of HackSoft - Deian Ivanov

Iveta Petrova
Apr 11, 2024
Categories:Company Culture

This is The Faces of HackSoft, our blog series where we introduce you to our talented team members.

In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Deian Ivanov. ✨

Dido currently serves as one of our Manual QA Engineers, driven by a strong motivation to transition into automation. With a fascinating story and diverse hobbies, he's a valued member of our team.

Let's dive into what he shared with us. πŸ‘€

The Faces of HackSoft - Deian Ivanov

Can you tell us more about yourself?

Hi! My name is Deian Ivanov. πŸ‘‹Here's a bit about my story.

I moved to the San Francisco bay area, immediately after graduating high school. I spent around 8 years there and decided that I prefer the tranquil life in a small village in central Bulgaria.

This decision however, led to a problem - finding work that I enjoyed was not easy. πŸ˜…

So, after a few months of research, I found the solution - I really like testing and troubleshooting stuff, and Quality Assurance looked like it was "my thing".

At the end, the possibility to work remotely as a QA, made me dive into it and I'm happy with that decision. 😊

What have you been working on and for how long? What languages have you been using?

My entire QA experience is around 2 years (excluding courses).

My first job as a QA involved mostly Integration/API testing with Postman.

Currently I'm working as a Manual QA, moving towards automation.

I have some basic knowledge in Java and Selenium, (took a course a while back), but never used it. I've been studying and practicing Python in my free time. 🐍

I also like Playwright more than Selenium, so the natural choice would be Playwright with Python.

Additionally, React is in my learning queue. πŸ“ƒ

What are your favorite technologies and why?

Playwright (Python) - It's easy to learn, read and maintain. 🐍

Recently ChatGPT has become more useful to me, mostly as a learning tool that helps me understand different issues. πŸ€–

I also actually like the the TCMS that we use - Qase. It's simple and gets the job done well enough. This goes as well for the rest of the tools that we use - Trello, Whimsical. βœ…

Why did you decide to join HackSoft?

Mostly because of the clear growth opportunity.

Another reason is the technology I want to progress in - Playwright with Python.

I did some research on the company beforehand and I liked the company values. The team seemed fun and easy to work with, which has proven to be correct. πŸ™Œ

Name three HackSoft values that fit your personality?

  1. Freedom and Responsibility
  2. Growth Mindset
  3. Long Term Thinking

How do you level up your software skills every day?

I actually watch a lot of lectures about testing. πŸ§‘β€πŸ’»

Additionally, I use Codecademy for learning languages and code related stuff. For me, it works really well.

Do you have a morning routine? Can you tell us what you do before work?

I wake up early. Have a coffee or 3, while listening to a podcast/lecture/documentary or simply rock music. β˜•πŸŽ§

Stretch a little bit, and if the weather is nice and it's not winter, I'd go and do some work on my property/garden. 🏑

Take a shower and start working. The physical work, before the intellectual work clears the mind very well. 🧠

What's the motto that motivates you?

Everything can be done better. πŸ”

What are your hobbies/interests?

As every villager, I like gardening. πŸ§‘β€πŸŒΎ

I also like building and repairing stuff around the house by myself, and since this never ends - it's a hobby now. πŸ‘·

Last, but not least - I really enjoy fishing. 🎣

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