Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett

Quality Assurance Engineer
Joy Kavanagh

Describe your role at Sonrai

Engineer- responsible for QA processes, writing and executing manual and automated test cases and generally promoting QA best practices within the engineering team.

What is something [people in your industry/niche] have to deal with that you want to fix?

Quality and testing can be everyone’s responsibility – if we can build in quality and testability as early as possible it will help us to build an even better product for our customers.

What excites you about your role at Sonrai?

The opportunity to build up a great QA process from scratch, to build something that will work well for the whole team and encourage everyone to become involved in QA.

What makes working at Sonrai different to places you’ve worked before?

Prior to working at Sonrai I worked for large companies with teams of QA Engineers and well-established QA processes, this is my first time working as a solo QA with the opportunity to build testing best practices from the beginning.

What did you do before joining Sonrai?

Like a lot of people who have become QA engineers I never really set out to become a QA. I spent several years working in the civil service in a customer-facing role whilst doing my degree and on graduating I applied for a graduate developer role. When considering my options I was asked if I would interview for a QA role. Shortly after I started as a manual QA and immediately loved it.

In the 15 or so years since then, I have been very lucky to work with a number of great QA Engineers and Developers who have helped me become a better QA, improving both my manual and automated testing skills.

What are the values that drive you?

I love to learn new things whether that means learning more about how a product works to allow me to write better tests or learning new technologies and tools to improve my knowledge.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I’m not working I mostly enjoy family time with my partner and 2 young daughters. We enjoy trips to the cinema or just days out at the local parks when the weather permits. When I have some time to myself I can usually be found at the beach either out for a run or walk with my dog. Growing up near the beach this is definitely still my happy place and where I feel most at peace.

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