Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

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At a glance

FULL NAME

Erik Anderson

BIRTHPLACE

Bethesda, Maryland

BORN

1977

RESIDENCE

Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION

BA

HOBBIES

Cooking, Live Music, Arduino

About me

I love QA. The process, getting into the details. At the heart of it, it comes down to connection & communication between all the parts of a development team, from the project manager to developer to design and to the external clients at large. This is the glue that unites the passion that is required to forge great User Experiences. This is where I come in—an experienced liaison that can unite a team's passion. Contact Me. Let's start this journey.

Fix the process, not just the product.

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My Skills

Quality Assurance Testing, with(in) a team.
Automation – frameworks – Selenium/Webdriver / Codeception.
Big fan of Agile methodologies (Scrum), Open Source toolsets/stack.
Expert knowledge of the SDLC/Bug Life Cycle.
Testcase and Use-case creation.
Clear written and oral communication.
Management and training.

Testing Types:
Manual/Automation, functional, browser compatibility, usability, front-end/back-end, migration/integration, Security, Regression, Accessibility—508 Testing. Blackbox/Whitebox Testing. Managing User Acceptance Testing. Custom CMS implementation testing (Drupal, Laravel). Responsive/RWD Testing. Native Mobile App Testing. Database—Data flow Testing. API Testing.

PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, Git/Github, Jira / Confluence.

curriculum vitae

Education

Bachelor's Degree

Guilford College

4 Years

August 1997 - May 2000

Concentration – Applied Studio Arts

Specialized Coursework

Association for Software Testing (AST)

1 Month

2011
Black Box Software Testing Foundation Certificate

Critical thinking, analysis, and people skills are paramount for people who are involved in developing successful high-quality products. The BBST course hosted by AST promotes all of these skills through insightful lectures, clear and concise course notes, on-topic reading, regular exercises, and interactive group work.
More information about the course can be found here.

Specialized Coursework

General Assembly

10 Weeks

2014
Back-end Web Development course

The course concentrates on the Ruby programing language with the Rails web development framework.
More information about the course can be found here.

Work Experience

Quality Assurance Engineer

Questex LLC – Washington, D.C.

2 Years

January 2016 - January 2018

I was hired to this (Drupal / Laravel based) publishing firm as the first-ever QA member of the Development team. I was tasked with developing end-to-end testing methodologies (across the full Agile SDLC) to unite cross-functional teams (of Product, Design, Editorial, Production and Development). As the Agile QA/Development cycle solidified and digital products grew in volume, I was promoted to managing junior Quality Assurance team members. To keep pace and the ask for Continuous Integration became a necessity, I worked in conjunction with DevOps—to create a bespoke Selenium Webdriver / Codeception Automation framework—for end-to-end Regression, API and Microservices testing/vetting—for both frontend and database layers. I was the chief maintainer of this Automation framework for creation / debugging and running of all tests suites.
Key Proficiencies: PHP, Selenium/Webdriver, Codeception Framework.

Quality Assurance Contractor

AKQA – Washington, D.C.

8 Months

December 2014 - July 2015

Being a part of a multi-member QA team, my role as a QA Contractor was to facilitate Quality assessment and testing practices across mobile and web applications within cross functional teams (Development, Design, UX and Project Management). From executing the usual suspects in testing (Functional, Regression, Integration, Accessibility, Security) to developing Test Plans and Quality coverage metric reports, to facilitate communication on the health and progress of project milestones. Clients included: United States Postal Service, Delta Airlines, ZeniMax Media / Bethesda Softworks, Zarbee’s Naturals, Verizon Communications

Quality Control Coordinator

MMG – Washington, D.C.

2 years, 10 Months

June 2011 - March 2014

Within an Agile/scrum Web Programming context, was the main point of contact for Project Management and Development teams along the SDLC in Quality Assurance testing. Developed testing methodologies, involving white and black box testing to ensure functional, design, security and 508/Accessibility adherence, and data layer integrity. Multiple platforms were at play—from traditional websites to responsive (Bootstrap 3) HTML5/CSS3 websites to native iPhone or Android applications and games. Full spectrum testing was employed, from the start of code genesis to maintenance contracts. Testing not only involved the separate layers of front and back ends, and database records, but to the integration testing of each of these units, involving API and data flow testing—to ensure proper functionalities across the full lifecycle of the application under test. Testing emphasis was uniting QA to Development needs on a project-by-project basis, involving iterative code releases and version control, within a continuous integration system, using Plastic SCM/TeamCity/Git and YouTrack bug tracking systems. Clients included: National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, GlaxoSmithKline

Quality Control Engineer

agencyQ – Washington, D.C.

1 Year

April 2009 - March 2010

Within an Agile Web Programming context, key member along the SDLC, providing testing methodologies to the development process of web applications for the design, UX, code and project management departments. Tested application adherence to fundamental keystones of business and functional requirements, with strict concern for browser compatibility and usability. QA toolbox spans the full spectrum from white- to black-box testing. Projects included QA for custom CMS implementations. Clients included: Pew Internet Trust, Alliance for Climate Protection

Quality Assurance Lead

Threespot Media – Washington, D.C.

2 Years, 2 months

February 2007 - March 2009

Verified the overall quality of work by providing an independent “second pair of eyes” to production teams throughout the SDLC of web applications. Gained a solid background in Web technologies, design issues and software requirements, as a professional and courteous problem solver. Developed appropriate test plans and tested components according to documentation, graphic designs, and HTML/CSS templates, across multiple browsers and platforms within the scope of functionality, business and other performance benchmarks. Used critical clear written and oral communication skills so that the project teams could remedy all defects identified by the QA Lead as expeditiously as possible. Regularly used QuickBase, Trac and Bugzilla bug/issue tracking systems. Clients included: The Brookings Institution, Kennedy Center/ARTSEDGE, NPR, and Peace Corps

Project Manager Associate Intern

Threespot Media – Washington, D.C.

7 months

August 2006 - February 2007

Delivered multi-range project management support for all Threespot’s interactive accounts. Duties included QA testing, database management, Gantt chart/project scope development, and project management support.

My CV – PDF LinkedIn Profile

Testimonials

Clients

The following are some the Clients I have worked for, over the years, as a Quality Assurance Engineer.

Portfolio

Selected list of projects I have worked on, over the years, as a Quality Assurance Lead

Portfolio 1
Smokefree.gov

Smokefree.gov is a website intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. Developed in partnership with the National Cancer Institute. ROLE - I was the Quality Assurance Lead on this project, which utilizes a Drupal backend and Bootstrap 3 RWD frontend. http://smokefree.gov

Portfolio 2
Momentum Challenge mobile Application

The Momentum Challenge App, which is a native application on both the iPhone and Android platforms developed in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, helps adolescences make healthy decisions through Gamification. ROLE - I was the Quality Assurance lead on this project. Momentum Challenge App

Portfolio 3
QuitSTART mobile Application

The QuitSTART mobile Application, which is a native application on both the iPhone and Android platforms developed in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, helps users track their smoking cravings and moods, monitor their progress towards smokefree milestones and identifying trigger patterns for needing to smoke. ROLE - I was the Quality Assurance lead on this project. http://smokefree.gov/apps-quitstart

Portfolio 4
iPass Japan website

Developed in partnership with the Kennedy Center’s ARTSEDGE. An "interactive passport" that the Threespot Development team designed for the festival “JAPAN! culture + hyperculture,” the iPass website piqued kids’ interest in the festival exhibits through video and audio features. W3 Gold ‘Education’ award winner ROLE – I was the Quality Assurance Lead on this project. iPass Website

Portfolio 5
U2 3D

Developed in partnership with National Geographic, this is the companion website to the 3D concert film of the band, U2, on their Vertigo world tour. One notable cinematic firsts, U2 3D was the first live-action digital 3D film ever produced. ROLE – I was the Quality Assurance Lead on this project. U2 3D Movie Site

Portfolio 6
Peace Corps teens

Threespot developed a micro-site, an off-shoot of the main peacecorps.gov site, to get teens interested in the services and programs of Peace Corps with a creative strategy to guide prospective applicants through the most commonly asked questions, helping to overcome psychological barriers to becoming a volunteer: Why should I volunteer? What do volunteers do? What’s it like to be a volunteer? 2008 Webby Award for ‘Best Government Website.’ ROLE – I was the Quality Assurance Lead on this project. {teens} micro-site

Contact

If you feel like I would be a good match for your organization, please contact me using the contact information listed below.