Discussion: "The role of the tester: automator vs manual"

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Is this separation appropriate for you?

Which skills are more important to the automator: testing or programming?

Is it possible to be a Senior (at least for a salary) without the ability to program?

Moderator of the discussion: Oleksii Burdin


  • Sergey Pirogov (EPAM Systems)
  • Mykola Solopii (Alteryx)
  • Ellina Azadova (DataArt)
  • Daria Alimova (Thomas Cook/Skelia)
Sergey Pirogov
EPAM Systems
  • Solution Architect at EPAM Systems
  • Test automation expert, blogger, podcaster
  • Аims to advance automation practices via popularization of knowledge at related technologies
  • Contributes to the community as an active speaker and program committee member
  • Founder of automation-remarks.com, QAGuild Podcast, and QAGuild community
  • Winner of Ukraine IT Award 2018 “Quality Assurance”
  • Linkedin
Mykola Solopii
  • SDET
  • 5+ years of experience in testing web-based and mobile software applications
  • 2+ years of teaching on offline, online courses and conferences "Testing Theory", "JS Test Automation", and "JS for QA"
  • Solid experience in creating test projects from scratch at all test levels using almost all popular js/ts frameworks for test automation
  • Linkedin, Github, Facebook
Oleksii Burdin
Svitla Systems
  • Has been working for more than 10+ years in the field of testing in the following positions: SM / Lead / Senior QA
  • Organizes Kyiv Testers Meetup
  • In his spare time, he likes to write self-tests in Python
Ellina Azadova
  • QA Lead
  • 13 years in IT, 8 in testing, 4 years as a testing lead
  • 10 years of teaching experience and speeches at conferences
  • Specializes in developing test strategies, team management and the development of QA specialists
  • Co-author of courses for testers
  • Facebook
Daria Alimova
Thomas Cook/Skelia
  • Delivery Manager at Thomas Cook/Skelia
  • She have been working in IT for 11 years, worked for a long time as a QA manager in setups for 12-15 teams, last year - PM&DM in small setups for 4-5
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