Meet the Speaker UKSTAR 2018 | Hristo Gergov

Next up in our ‘Meet the Speaker’ Series for UKSTAR 2018 is Hristo Gergov.


Hristo Gergov is a Test Manager at Musala Soft with 6 years of experience at Software Testing and Quality Assurance for innovative products of IBM, VMware and Deutsche Telekom.

Working with the latest cutting-edge technologies, Hristo maintains and expands his expertise in Quality Assurance, Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things. This allows him to implement and introduce creative testing approaches and stay tuned with the latest QA trends.

Currently, Hristo Gergov coordinates a team of 20 people in Bulgaria and Macedonia at a leading European SmartHome platform – Qivicon.


Hristo will present his session ‘Quality of Things‘ at UKSTAR 2018 in London.


1. What is your favourite testing book/blog? Why is this your favourite?

There are many of them and it is  really hard to choose just one and call it my favourite book or blog. Since I attended the EuroSTAR conference last year, I am regularly checking the EuroSTAR huddle as it is very active and provides regular updates on diverse topics. The last technical book that I read is not specifically in the testing area, but still I would highly recommend it to every QA professional. It is called “Release It! Design and Deploy Production-ready Software” by Michael T. Nygard and it gives a lot of valuable insights on how to build a production ready software.


2. How do you keep up to date with the software testing industry?

My main source of information on the latest trends in the software testing area  is the attendance of professional conferences and workshops.

The IT and QA communities in Sofia are quite  big,  well established and organized. There are  a lot of knowledge and experience sharing events with presentations on different technical topics. Besides, the fact that companies from different domains are based in Sofia, provides great  opportunities to attend  talks on diverse topics and be able to exchange thoughts with other colleagues from the QA/Testing area.


3. What is the biggest misconception about testing that you’ve heard?

The biggest misconception I have heard about testing is that Automated testing could completely eliminate Manual testing at some point. I generally see Manual testing as a task that requires a lot of out-of-the box thinking and flexibility from the person executing the tests. In  case that the product is small and the tests are straightforward you can say that Automation is your silver bullet. On the other hand, highly complex and comprehensive products require testing scenarios that are much more sophisticated. Those are the scenarios where you can expect a lot of different outcomes and react based on those outcomes, which is something that cannot be automated in a test or would require significant amount of effort for implementation and support.


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