A QA testing tools expert specializing in JIRA test case management, Rachel Kramer currently supervises a wide range of business operations in her role as business development representative for QASymphony. Rachel’s company is responsible for creating software testing and test management tools capable of performing remarkably well at an Agile pace, making it possible for developers to quickly deliver exceptional software regardless of the industry in which they are operating. Rachel, a graduate of Emory University who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia, now splits time between the United States and Sydney, Australia.
1. What do you do for work?
I’m the business development representative for QASymphony.
2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
Software development was always an interest of mine, and I immediately recognized the potential associated with QASymphony and the many projects it has since undertaken.
3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
The tools we provide to development teams increases efficiency in so many respects, which results in the delivery of quality software at an Agile pace. This is great for the individual development teams and the company they are working for.
4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, Australia?
The people have been so kind and welcoming that it already feels like home.
5. What do you do for recreation?
I like to go for long walks through the city, but hiking has always been my preferred recreational activity. Fortunately, there are plenty of trails just outside the city and the beach is also quite close to where I live.
6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I love the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington, British Columbia. It is just so lush and verdant, and there are so many mountains to climb.
7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
I’ve become a big fan of rugby since I’ve been here, but my sport of choice is Ultimate Frisbee.
8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
Andrew Morton. He was one of the principal developers of the Linux kernel that is used on a worldwide basis.
9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
You can do all the touristy stuff, but make sure you make time to really get to know the locals.
10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
I have been asked some really strange questions during my relatively brief time in Australia, but the oddest exchange I ever had with a tourist involved a perfectly reasonable question about directions. After telling this gentleman how to get where he wanted to go, he turned to his travel companion and said he couldn’t understand my Australian accent! Of course, being from Atlanta, I don’t have anything resembling an Australian accent, so I just laughed it off.