Rachel Kramer is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, where she is an integral part of QASymphony, a software testing and test management company. Ms. Kramer is currently QASymphony’s business development representative, a role in which she is responsible for overseeing a wide range of company operations as well as developing and implementing efficient strategies aimed at ensuring continued company growth.
Although her role keeps Ms. Kramer primarily focused on the business side of QASymphony’s operations, she is also a software expert who has contributed a great deal to a number of the company’s recent releases. Whether it is a new test management tool or some other project being undertaken by QASymphony, Ms. Kramer is capable of lending her insight and expertise as it relates to business development as well as software development.
The longtime Atlanta resident attended college at Emory University, earning the degrees that led to her entry into the software testing tools industry. In the time since completing her relevant academic coursework, Ms. Kramer has continued to seek ongoing education opportunities with the goal of keeping QASymphony at the forefront of the software testing and test management field. Ms. Kramer’s effort in this regard has earned her the respect of her colleagues, many of whom have followed her example and have begun undertaking similar efforts as a result.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
I’m fairly certain that’s a reference to Gang Starr, so let’s just say my “word is bond.”
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
I was always tangentially interested in software development and technology in general, but it was mostly out of a curiosity to figure out the inner workings of computers, video games and the like.
Who / What inspired you to get into your current field?
We had an incredible software development program in my school district that was more advanced than I ever realized at the time, so my teachers encouraged me and my parents were always supportive of my interests.
What is one current trend that excites you?
The rate of innovation and development in the tech sector is simply staggering and is often difficult to keep up with, but it is exciting to be a part of.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
I’m proud of the endless contributions QASymphony has made to the software testing and test management field, particularly since there is such a demand for meeting the needs of an Agile pace.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
I enjoy social media and use it often for professional purposes. I frequently find out about conferences or lectures through one of my social media platforms, and I am able to keep up with my industry peers no matter where they happen to be working.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
My professional life is fulfilling and I am proud of the work I do, so I don’t think I would.
What do you see for the future?
I see the pace of innovation continuing to increase, which is why we are hard at work on developing testing tools more than capable of keeping up with the pace of innovation.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
Take advantage of educational opportunities whenever they arise, even when you are comfortable in your current position. There is no downside to a commitment to ongoing education, and the benefits are tremendous.