TCI Employee Profile: Mrudula Sarode

For this month’s TCI Employee profile, meet our wonderful QA Automation Engineer Mrudula Sarode! Learn what brought Mrudula to TCI and how her role has evolved by reading further.

Describe your role at TCI:

I am a QA Automation  Engineer.  My role is to test features to keep our software bug free and user friendly.  This involves manual testing as well as writing Ruby test scripts to run our automation test suite. Occasionally I do performance and load testing.

What is a typical day like for you?

The focus of my day varies. I run automation test suites in the morning.  This tests new features on our development server to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed. The focus of the rest of my day varies.  Every other week, we have software releases, where we release updates into Production. As the only QA member, I collaborate with three developers to make sure the features are bug-free and ready for release. I also work with Customer Support on any software issues that might come up.

How did you find TCI?

Through Craigslist. As a mother of a seven-year-old, I was interested in the fact TCI was an education company and the impact they had on students. I started as a contractor before moving to full-time four months later. I am now in my third year here at TCI.

What do you like best about working here?

I like the energy of the software team and the fact that TCI follows Agile principles in software development.  This allows us to move more quickly in creating new features and releasing updates for customers. I also appreciate the work/life balance, and the flexibility inherent in it.

What do you think others would want to work here for?

I think other people would want to come to TCI because it is a great company and mission to be a part of. For the software team specifically, it is full of great people who really believe in the value of teamwork.

How has your role evolved since you started at TCI?

I was originally a manual QA engineer, which involved a lot more clicking around and took up more time. Later, I studied Ruby on Rails and Selenium as we started moving towards automation.  Now I write scripts in Ruby and run them via Selenium.

What do you do outside of TCI?

Outside of work, I like hiking around the area and spending time with my son.

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