Our QA guy’s title fits because he’s a quality guy. Cap worn backward, but clearly forward thinking, Nick has it going on.
And he has loved tech (thank goodness for us), ever since – well, ever since Mario became Super.
“I’ve been interested in technology for as long as I can remember,” he says. “I think I was in Kindergarten when I started messing around with a computer.”
As the head of quality assurance, Nick is responsible for testing our products to make sure they are up to snuff. This involves a lot of communication between himself, project managers, and developers.
“Whenever I find an issue or bug, I report it to the developer who is working on the project,” Nick says. “I try to be as precise as possible in re-creating the bug, and also what I think is causing the bug, without diving into the code. Once it’s fixed, it gets sent back to me and I can either verify it or send it back if I don’t think the issue has been corrected.”
At the same time, project managers rely on Nick for status updates. Any discrepancies are brought to the project manager’s attention.
“I do my best to act as a mediator, since I have experience on the technical side and the client side,” he says. “But the project manager has the final say on the issue, because she has direct contact with the client.”
While he was always enamored with it, Nick didn’t always do it to pay the bills. He started out at age 16 as a dishwasher and followed that with jobs as a bag boy and fry cook. He took on various positions at a local banquet house and also worked per diem as a country club bartender while going to school at RIT, all before coming to Envative.
“Because I’ve been able to jump from job to job, I think it helped me quickly assimilate myself here,” says Nick. “I know how important it is to work with a team. Even though many of the jobs I’ve worked were very different, they all employ the same basic principles: focus, teamwork, and respect.”
Nick admits that being a helpful part of the team is probably the most rewarding.
“I was very lucky to get this job,” he says. “I started off as a co-op and I had no idea what was going on. Once we found a spot for me in QA, I put 100 percent focus on what I was supposed to do. I wanted to be a useful member of the team. The developers and the PMs depend on me to thoroughly inspect the product to make sure it’s up to client standards, and report any issues that are in the way of that goal. Having that responsibility is fulfilling to me.”
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