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My Role at Testbirds is a series of blog posts that gives insights into the daily life at the office. Every so often, one of our employees will introduce you to his or her line of work and share some helpful tips.

This week features Mariana Schmellenkamp from the Project Management Department of Testbirds in Munich. As a project manager, Marianna is in charge of maintaining our projects from the very beginning with briefing the client to summarizing the executive report.
I grew up in a small town in the beautiful “Sauerland” and then headed up north to Bremen. Now I live in Munich.

What you do at Testbirds:
I am one of the project managers at Testbirds. My duties include meeting with the client and have first of all a briefing about the test, where we discuss in detail what the client requires. Then I set up the test on our platform the “Nest” and invite the specifically chosen testers from our crowd. While the test is running, I have to approve submitted bugs and test reports from each tester to ensure quality. Once the test is done, I collect the results and write up a summary executive report.

Current Computer:
Lenovo Think Pad

Current mobile device:
iPhone 4S

One phrase that best describes how you work:
manic-marianic (showing wild and apparently deranged excitement and energy)

A typical work day consists of:
First of all having a coffee then answering some emails and then reading reports, checking bugs or writing a summary report and of course creating new tests is always fun too!

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
When having breakfast I love reading “Gala” and “Bunte” (German magazines) on my phone

What’s your work space setup like?
Well mostly it’s cleanish. I always have some paper lying around from briefing calls, my pink marshmallow headphones must always be reachable and of course my loaded nerf gun

What’s your best time-saving shortcut?
Strg+C & Strg+V

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without (and why)?
Coffee machine it’s like life coming from a machine.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?
Getting on Andy’s nerves and having verbal battle fights, no secrets there 😉

What do you like to do outside work?
Baking cakes, cupcakes anything I see on Pinterest

What’s the best advice/life motto you’ve ever heard?
It’s from the song “Die Schöhnheit der Chance” by Thees Uhlmann; That’s my translation of it: “That’s not the sun that goes down, but the earth rotating” The song sounds much better, listen to it 😉

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Deine Mudda / Yo Mama

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