The team, RT Pest Control, is comprised of Nick Bitzer (DevOps engineer), Alex Abbott (software development engineer in test), Zala Habibi (senior quality assurance engineer) and Sam Yacobucci (former quality assurance engineer). The foursome beat out 20 other teams from across the U.S. and Canada in a 3-hour online competition during which the teams tested a sports betting website for everything from usability to security, wrote detailed bug reports, and compiled a final test report consisting of a high-level overview of all discovered issues.
As a result, ReadyTalk's team will move on to face winners from Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania at the STWC Finals, taking place in-person on December 5 during the Agile Testing Days 2016 conference in Potsdam, Germany.
"I had an absolute blast participating in the competition. It was fun putting my skills to the test against the best in North America," said Nick Bitzer, DevOps engineer and STWC participant, ReadyTalk. "We're so grateful to the judges for recognizing our efforts and awarding us the win. Now we're laser-focused on preparing for the finals."
"We are extremely proud of Zala, Alex, Nick and Sam, not only for the technical expertise displayed in winning, but also for all of the hard work and dedication that went into preparing," said Santino Vialpando, director of engineering operations, ReadyTalk. "These individuals exhibit that same expertise, commitment and tenacity on a daily basis and I'm happy that they get the opportunity to show off those traits in front of the world. We could not be more excited to have this talented team represent not only our company, but the entire country and continent at the World Cup finals."
Now in its second installment (the previous tournament having been held in 2014), the STWC aims to bring the testing craft into the spotlight and give the profession a competitive event on a global scale. Read more on the organization here: http://www.softwaretestingworldcup.com/.
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