Meet Baris Caliskan: AdColony’s QA Lead in Istanbul, Turkey! Baris has a busy schedule, meeting with developers, looking for bugs in projects, and coordinating app and dynamic end-card testing. He has an extensive background in the mobile gaming industry, giving him the knowledge and skills to tackle any obstacle that comes his way. During his free time, Baris enjoys playing mobile games, listening to heavy metal bands, and slaying monsters in World of Warcraft. Baris, you’re about to get AdColonized!
What exactly does a QA Lead do at AdColony? What’s an average day like for you?
Most of the time, I am in meetings with developers and looking for bugs in various projects. The next step is reporting them and following fixes. This process includes talking with people about different requirements and trying to understand where to focus our testing.
Tell us a little about your experiences prior to joining AdColony & how they have prepared you for your role here.
I worked for Netmarble for 2 years, which is one of the world’s top mobile and gaming firm. I started my career as QA Engineer and worked for many global and local projects. The gaming industry is very hard for testers because people playing them really focus on errors and abusing them. Especially working with developers from Korea was a very different experience for me.
Today at AdColony, this experience allows me to work confidently with our Global QA team and help each other. Also, the understanding that I received from game testing can easily be applied to app testing, dynamic end-card testing, etc.
What made AdColony the right fit for you?
After working in the mobile gaming industry for 2 years, I think staying in the mobile sector is the perfect fit for me. AdColony is a very strong mobile-oriented company and my team has full trust in me to build a QA system here.
How do you keep growing & learning in what you do?
Following the recent developments in QA technologies, reading blogs, and attending many conferences and seminars are things that I can say about growing and learning. In addition to that, I am always challenged by developers here to increase our efficiency for QA.
What are your hobbies or activities that you look forward to doing on the weekends or after work?
I am a very hardcore gamer and I really enjoy slaying monsters in World of Warcraft. I also play games with my colleagues from AdColony. We play card games, FRP, and other board games.
I try to spend some time with my girlfriend, if I have any left from playing games ha-ha! I enjoy listening to heavy metal bands in Turkey too!
Which app is keeping you engaged lately? Why?
I am playing Clash Royale and I think it’s the app that I mostly spend time on. Clash Royale is the first game that brings e-sports scene to mobile phones. I really enjoy that. Other apps that I remember are Kickstarter (to support some new ideas and projects), Instagram, and Yandex Navigation.
What’s one thing not many people know about you that you’re willing to share?
I was a professional bowler when I was 10. Maybe I am the first person who became professional at that age in Turkey. I still play very well!
Do you have a nickname at work? If so, is there a story behind it?
Bugslayer and I think the story tells itself.
What is your favorite moment you’ve had with the AdColony team so far?
I enjoy every moment I spend in the office, but the best moment was the team event we had in our office. We played Betrayal at House on the Hill for hours and it was a very fun thing to do with my colleagues.
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