Behind the Screen: Vitalii Azarov
“Behind the Screen” is a spotlight series that introduces the people of Kinduct. This instalment features Vitalii Azarov, a QA analyist.
What does your job at Kinduct entail and how long have you been with the company?
I have joined Kinduct in the end of 2019, so I’ve been working here for more than a year now. My official title is “QA Analyst,” but my unofficial one is “Bearer of Bad News.” That is basically what I do on a day-to-day basis: find weak points in our software, assist with fixing it, trying to prevent further occurrences, and improving its overall quality.
What’s something most people don’t know about QA?
Well, according to my experience a lot of people think that someone who works in QA is an under qualified programmer. Honestly, it is far from reality. QA’s role just requires a different set of skills compared to developers. It is true that QA engineers don’t require as much training to start a career as developers. But to become valuable in this role you need to know quite a lot, be on the same page with the developers, plus have very good intuition and focus.
What did you study in university?
That is the interesting one. I have a Master’s degree in Technological Processes and Production Automation Engineering from Tyumen State Oil and Gas University in Russia. I even worked for six years as a petroleum field engineer in Russia and Kazakhstan. However, I was always prone to more intellectual and creative work, so switching the field to IT was just a matter of time for me. Anyway, I still have so many great memories and friends from that “previous” life. It was such a great experience, and it definitely helped me to become who I am today.
What’s your favourite part about working for Kinduct?
If you asked this question before the pandemic, my answer would be the “pool and ping-pong room.” 🙂
If I’m being more serious, though, then it is the fast paced environment. It is really the best and the worst thing in Kinduct at the same time. Working this way and having five top priorities simultaneously is really devastating sometimes. But it also speeds up the learning and self development process and gives strong satisfaction when your team is able to finish the project eventually.
How do you spend your free time?
I am a big fan of puzzles, riddles, and everything that can move the brain. Since my youth I have loved board games, programming and math, later escape rooms and City Quests have been added to this list. Combined with my passion for traveling and exploring places in the middle of nowhere, I would say one of the most exciting activities for me is Geocaching. It is a treasure hunting game, where you solve riddles and look for coordinates in order to eventually track down the hiding place with some “treasures.” Luckily, there are so many great places and fancy caches in Nova Scotia and Canada, it would take me a thousand lives to discover them all!
What’s your favourite food?
Pretty sure I am one of the most omnivorous creatures in the world. So it is hard to define the favourite food, the list could be really long. But I would say cheesecake this time. Next day it could be something different.