Life at Springworks: A day in the life of a QA Engineer

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Santoshi Agarwal joined the Springworks team in March 2019 as a QA Engineer. Prior to Springworks, she worked in the same role at a service-based company in Bangalore.

She started her career journey in 2012 and then took a break for two years in 2016 right after having her newborn. She finds herself to be fortunate enough to have gotten such a good job opportunity at Springworks after a long break.

Let’s dive into it right away and take a peek into the life of a QA Engineer.

Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job as a QA Engineer.

As a QA Engineer, I need to test the features of the product assigned to me. That means, it is my responsibility to take full ownership of the successful testing of that feature entirely and get the project delivered to the client with zero bugs within the given timeline.

What’s your favourite part of your work?

To be able to always do something new. For instance, our team once had to automate a few things on our client’s website

Also, to take care of the functionality of the product while updating a new feature. It is both challenging and fun to let existing features not affect with the introduction of the new ones.

What are the challenges you face being a QA Engineer and how do you try to solve them?

The client that I work for is an Ecommerce company. Once a fraud had hacked their systems and created a script that was running to use real time’s data and ordered high value products to a certain address. Our responsibility was to track that person’s activity and try to block him as soon as we could.

With this experience, we introduced a new feature to our system which drives people into verifying their login process through an OTP.

This made me learn a lot about thinking of product development in accordance with the current scenarios 

Walk us through a day in the life of Santoshi!

  • Wake up at 5.30 am
  • Have breakfast
  • Start work at 9.30 am
  • Attend team standups
  • Lunch at 1 pm
  • Work until 5.30 pm
  • Dinner at 8.30 pm
  • Spend some time with family
  • Watch movies/ YouTube videos
  • Head to sleep.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love to cook for my family and I do henna designs as well (see pictures) 😊

What advice would you give to future QA Engineers?

Think of the negative scenarios such as invalid input data or undesired user behaviors to check for unexpected system errors. To identify negative test cases, start with the positive.

Each positive test case is created by analyzing the business/user requirements, artifacts, and software design documents. Use each positive test case scenario to identify the negative test case by utilizing information not found in the documents.

What keeps you at Springworks?

The facilities such as permanent remote work, work-life balance and WFH allowances such as workstation, headphones and wifi.

When I joined Springworks back in November 2019, Kartik always encouraged me to bring my kid to the office. To be honest, I’ve never seen such a company that supports its employees up to this extent.

I am so glad to be a part of Springworks!

Want to join the team? Check out open roles at Springworks.

Priya Bhatt

I cover Employee stories at Springworks.

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