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The Faces of HackSoft - Dessy Ilieva

Iveta Petrova
Mar 12, 2024
Categories:Company Culture

This is The Faces of HackSoft - our blog series, where every month we introduce you to one of our team members. 💫

This month, in the spotlight is one of our experienced QA engineers - Dessy Ilieva. She has 7 years of experience in the field, loves reading and playing video games. 🙌

But what has she done before joining HackSoft and what made her change the corporate environment she was in? 👀 Let's find out!

Meet Dessy! 🤗

Can you tell us more about yourself?

Hi, I am Dessy and I work as a software quality assurance engineer. 👋

I consider curiosity and a passion for learning to be my two defining traits. And they did turn out to be a good fit for a QA. 🧐

Why did you decide to join HackSoft?

Coming from a more corporate environment, this time I wanted to work for a smaller company where things tend to be more dynamic.

Working as part of a small team gives more freedom, as well as more responsibility and I enjoy the variety of the work and the different roles you have to sometimes step into. 🦸‍♀️

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

I've been a QA for about 7 years now. During that time, I've had the opportunity to learn from and work with quite a few different teams, on various projects. 🙌

As for languages, I currently use Python for automating tests. 🐍

What's your favorite tool that you use daily?

Trello, which is Jira's minimalist cousin. 😄

It gives me a visual way to keep track of tasks, and makes it much easier to prioritize them. I've grown so fond of it, I use it outside of work as well - for tracking personal goals.

How do you level up your software skills every day?

For technical skills, I usually find a good course on Udemy or YouTube.

However, I think that once you've got the basics, a lot of the learning comes from communicating with your team, and the client and overcoming challenges together. 💪

What do you like most about your daily tasks?

The variety.

Functional or exploratory testing and logging bugs are usually the activities associated with QAs. However, I enjoy being part of the entire process and doing things like gathering and writing requirements, or discussing alternative solutions with the team. ✍️

What are your hobbies/interests?

If I had to choose top 3, they would be:

  1. Reading - mostly fiction, although I've started to quite enjoy autobiographies lately 📖
  2. Video games - anything with a good story, which is mostly RPGs 🎮
  3. Travelling - whether visiting a new place, or just going for a hike, I enjoy the change in perspective that often comes with it 🚶‍♀️🚞

Tell us 3 fun facts about you.

Before becoming a QA, I worked as an English Teacher, a Graphic Designer and Video Editor. 💫

I used to ride motorcycles in my early twenties. Maybe I will again in my 50s. 🏍️😄

To this day, I can still recite the first 10 minutes of the first Lord of the Rings movie. 🧙

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