Meet David Dix, Lead QA Tester in the AdColony Seattle office! Aside from managing a team, David tests the functionality of various tools and brand campaigns. He looks for bugs and helps to improve products and processes, all while meeting release deadlines for different ad units. He has experience working with video games, which gave him the necessary skills to tackle his day-to-day testing at AdColony. David is a huge Cleveland sports fan and enjoys catching games on the weekends! David, it’s your turn under the AdColonized spotlight!
What exactly does a Lead QA Tester do at AdColony? What’s an average day like for you?
Right now, I work as a QA Lead managing a team and focusing efforts on testing for the Composer tool and brand campaigns that are created with Cody and Doug’s team. My team’s responsibilities are focused more on testing the functionality with an end user perspective for end cards and ad campaigns. We write test passes, run through test cases, and report any bugs for the creatives we work on.
My average day is spending time between the two projects as we try to meet sprint deadlines of Composer and release deadlines of Ad Units. I was named QA Lead last year and have been finding the balance between managing and doing my own individual testing.
Tell us a little about your experiences prior to joining AdColony & how they have prepared you for your role here.
I worked in video games before joining AdColony. QA for video games taught me the basics of functionality testing that helped, especially now that we have started making more playable ad campaigns.
What made AdColony the right fit for you?
AJ Smith pitched to me that AdColony was a start up that could grow into something big. I was also told that I would be the sole QA member of the DEC space up in Seattle which sounded intriguing to me. Right after the first two weeks of working here, we were flown down to LA, where I got to meet a lot of people from the company and that gave me an idea of the culture.
How do you keep growing & learning in what you do?
It’s been a challenge finding time to learn and develop new skills. I’ve been trying to get more into coding online as well as grow my test knowledge.
What are your hobbies or activities that you look forward to doing on the weekends or after work?
I’ve been trying to stay active over the work week. Usually try and work out when I can. I’m a big Cleveland sports fan and usually catch any game I can (even the Browns).
Which app is keeping you engaged lately? Why?
I use the ESPN app a lot to follow sports.
What’s one thing not many people know about you that you’re willing to share?
I have this problem of watching bad movies on purpose. Anything from Transformers to Gods of Egypt. I have to make sure they’re as bad as people and critics say.
Do you have a nickname at work? If so, is there a story behind it?
No nicknames that I’m aware of. I usually go by Dave but people in the Seattle office got so used to calling me David, they had a hard time adjusting.
What is your favorite moment you’ve had with the AdColony team so far?
The Las Vegas trip was definitely a highlight for me. I think that’s when celebrated one of the company’s first big milestones and it was great to meet people from other offices.
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