Breakpoint 2021 is a 2-day virtual summit on software quality. We're bringing speakers—dev, QA and open source experts—to talk about how the best engineering teams ship quality software at scale.
Jennifer Uviña is a Software Engineer at Pinterest where she ensures the highest quality levels for metrics and works on integration testing tools. Prior to Pinterest, she has worked at startups and consultancies of various sizes. She prides herself on improving company culture and standards while focusing on end-user experience and advocating for diversity in tech.
Can you tell us about your role at Pinterest?
I'm a Software Engineer, focusing on making sure that our metrics are accurate, and overseeing the test tools that help our web engineers stay efficient on a day-to-day basis.
Is there a favorite project/side project in testing/tech you’ve worked on recently?
No, I've been working hard on maintaining my work-life balance. I believe finding that time away from the computer is very important during this remote work period.
Can you give us a sneak-peek into your session for Breakpoint 2021?
I will be talking about the lessons that are learned by getting different organizations to embrace testing. It's not always easy to do, but very rewarding. Adding a comprehensive testing strategy is daunting but with actionable steps, it gets easier. The most important thing is to make it a team effort!
Are there any key developments in the testing and development space that you foresee/are looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to the increase in tools that make testing easier—intelligent dashboards and debugging tools that allow everyone to identify issues and anomalies.
What are you reading/learning right now? What made you interested in this?
I'm learning more about data analysis and its visual representations. An effective chart or infographic is very accessible and conveys the message of the data in an intuitive way. This can be applied to a variety of fields—from baking to testing, and beyond. I think that increasing accessibility is a core responsibility that we all share.
What would you like to tell young developers of today?
Don't get discouraged if something seems hard, and speak up when you think things can be done differently. All it takes is one person doing the right thing for others to follow.