Software Developer in Test ,
“ I can go as far as I want to discover what interests me and there is always someone I can learn from to extend my field of expertise. ”
Jakub joined the Jumio Extraction Team 3 years ago in September 2018.
Q: What do you do at Jumio and what does that involve?

I work as a Software Developer in Test (“DiT” or “SDET” for short). That means I assure the high level of quality of the product, especially for the extraction part of the system. My primary function is to automate the test cases, ensure faster feedback about stories, help developers and other team members with my knowledge of the system and generally get new functionality into production.

Q: What was Jumio’s selling point for you? What made you say “I wanna work there!”?

There were two big selling points. The first was the freedom the role offered. I can go as far as I want to discover what interests me and there is always someone I can learn from to extend my field of expertise.

The other was the fact that it was not as important if I knew all the answers to the interview questions, but rather if I had the right mindset to fit in the role.

Q: Before Jumio, did you have similar experiences at previous companies or was this fairly new to you when you started?

Previously I worked as a Java developer and I shifted more toward testing.

Q: What are the most interesting / fun bits of the role?

First of all collaboration — I get to work with not only QAs or other Software Developers in Test but also Developers, DevOps Engineers, and many other roles. It’s super interesting as everybody has a different view on the problem at hand. The second fun bit is seeing when new functionality makes it into production and the customer is satisfied.

Q: What do most people get wrong / misunderstand / not appreciate about the role?

Being in a quality assurance position can be sometimes very frustrating. You test and find 100 bugs but there can still be that one edgecase which you and your teammates didn’t think of and it will only show up later. But if you turn it around it’s also a good motivation and driver to do things better and smarter next time.

Q: What’s the secret to being good at your job?

Never stop learning. Thinking outside of the box. Clarifying and making sure everyone in the team is on the same page. If there are misunderstandings or misalignments, it can result in not delivering what is expected.

Q: How have you been able to progress your career or learn new things at Jumio?

I learned a lot of soft skills, for example: how to adapt the content of conversation in a way that you can get to the mutual understanding with different audiences. I’ve learned how to transfer knowledge effectively to our new joiners. I’ve also had the opportunity to do interviews which I’d not been involved with before.From a technical perspective, I learned a lot of Python and made big progress in Java as well.

Q: What would you say to potential employees wanting to work at Jumio? What qualities should they have?

It’s not a shame to say you don’t know something. Knowing what you can and cannot as well as the willingness to learn. Bringing in a unique view on the problem is how you bring value to the team. Question everything.

Q: Can you tell us something not a lot of people know about you or the job you do?

Personally, I’m an introvert so I really enjoy working from home as I can concentrate better so I’m glad Jumio is offering that. But it has its downsides as well, of course. The office is much better for building relationships and team spirit, which I have missed during the pandemic.