Not All Who Wander Are Lost: A Career Experience Report | Hilary Weaver-Robb

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We’re led to believe that our careers should take us in a certain direction, that we’ll all end up in leadership or management at some point, and that’s the end of the road; the apex of our careers. Even with the relatively new role of Software Quality Architect in most organizations, it seemed like just one more stop on the way to leadership. Nobody in their right mind would step backwards and demote themselves, right?

Sometimes, your career path leads you in unexpected directions, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of! Join Hilary Weaver-Robb as she shares her journey that took her from QA Lead to QA Engineer, to Quality Architect, and back to Engineer. This journey took time, and a lot of introspection - be prepared to do some of your own!

In this masterclass we will:

  • Rethink career paths (and how they’re not one-size-fits-all)
  • Explore the pros and cons of various roles in the tester’s career path
  • Examine lessons learned from taking a wonky career path
Hilary Weaver-Robb
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Hilary Weaver-Robb is a software quality architect at Detroit-based Quicken Loans. She is a mentor to her fellow testers, makes friends with developers, and helps teams level-up their quality processes, tools, and techniques. Hilary has always been passionate about improving the relationships between developers and testers, and evangelizes software testing as a rewarding, viable career. She runs the Motor City Software Testers user group, working to build a community of quality advocates. Hilary tweets (a lot) as @g33klady, and you can find tweet-by-tweet recaps of conferences she’s attended, as well as her thoughts and experiences in the testing world, at