Meet the Speaker UKSTAR 2018 | Yan Drugalya

Next up in our ‘Meet the Speaker’ Series for UKSTAR 2018 is Yan Drugalya.


Yan is a Professional C#/C++ developer.

Yan has over 15 years of successes and failures.

He occasionally writes code in JavaScript, Perl and Python. As his day job builds tools to enhance QA/R&D productivity.


You can find more from Yan on his blog:

Yan will present his session ‘Unity3d: A Brief History of Automation‘ at UKSTAR 2018 in London.


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

I like to be at the bottom of things or watch someone getting there. That is why I’m a big fan of Robert C. Martin. In his books, videos, and blog posts, he addresses the most fundamental issues the software development industry is suffering from, including the low quality of software.

His solutions address these issues at the right moment. This is the moment when a line of code is born. The farther we go from this moment, the more reactive and risky it becomes to embed quality.


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

I’m investing a lot of time into watching online courses, reading books, listening to podcasts, and attending conferences.

When attending conferences, I enjoy talking to people with different backgrounds. I find such conversations an excellent way to learn new ideas, evolve my own, or discover what to learn next.


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

The most prominent misconception I heard is that test automation is going to replace humans. It sounds almost like the truth. However, in my opinion, automated testing is just one of many techniques in the hands of a professional tester. Like any other technique, it should be used wisely at the right place and at the right time.

Thus, it is up to us, humans, to decide how to build an optimal mixture of testing techniques. Hence, that company can move forward at the fastest possible pace and with a proper quality bar. It is difficult to imagine machines taking over this part.




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