Meet Brian Lathrop, one of our awesome Software Development Engineers in Test, or SDET for short, working out of our LA headquarters! He’s responsible for creating the processes to test our new products and make sure they’re functioning properly, in addition to actually running the tests. After work, Brian loves to spend time with his wife and son, and play the original Pokemon games. Brian, let’s get you AdColonized!
What exactly does an SDET do at AdColony? What’s an average day like for you?
An SDET (Software Development Engineer in Test) is responsible for creating the process to test our products/features in the most efficient manner possible, whether that be manually or through automation. An average day for me involves going over product/feature specs for our web portal, laying out a test plan, and testing, once the development is complete.
Tell us a little about your experiences prior to joining AdColony & how they have prepared you for your role here.
I was one of the original employees of AdColony in its early days, but I also spent two years testing for a game dev company before I returned, and from that, I fine tuned my test planning and got to see how things truly looked from the publisher’s end as they worked with multiple ad networks, AdColony included.
What made AdColony the right fit for you?
Having worked here before for multiple years easily makes AdColony feel like home, but besides that, there continues to be opportunities for me to grow. There are great mentors here who will help open new paths for me to learn the true technical side to testing. There is a shared mentality of striving to improve and a willingness to help each other achieve our personal goals.
How do you keep growing & learning in what you do?
For me, growing and learning comes from trying new projects. I recognize the sorts of tests that I have not done before (such as UI automation scripts) and set aside time to work on them. Luckily for me, there are many testing areas that I could pursue, so at that point I just ask my colleagues what would be the most beneficial for me to learn, and I focus on that.
What are your hobbies or activities that you look forward to doing on the weekends or after work?
At the top of the list, I look forward to spending time with my son, who will be turning 2 soon. Reading books, singing, and playing with cars/trains would be our top activities. Past that and spending time with my wife, I also enjoy completing Hearthstone quests and collecting new cards. Time permitting, I also like to play the original Pokemon games.
Which app is keeping you engaged lately? Why?
Hearthstone continues to be a great card game that satisfies my strategy game needs. Other than that, I was recently introduced to Arena of Valor, which I now love to play on my lunch breaks (League of Legends, but much shorter).
What’s one thing not many people know about you that you’re willing to share?
I was part of a boffer club while I was in college and used to write Pokemon-themed stories as a hobby. Maybe I’ll write a story for my son some day.
Do you have a nickname at work? If so, is there a story behind it?
I used to be called ‘The Commish’ before I had left originally. I ran a ping pong league in the LA office and a handful of fantasy league/competitions company-wide. The ping pong drama was very real, so I became an arbiter for that.
What is your favorite moment you’ve had with the AdColony team so far?
I remember the moment that AdColony was integrated with our first major publisher. There was a vibe of success that I hadn’t felt before, and it gave the rocketship in our logo a whole new meaning. As a tester, it gave me reassurance that I had helped a great product reach the market in adequate shape.
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