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.Origin/Background: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 PadCurrent mobile device:iPhone 4SOne 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+VBesides 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 PinterestWhat’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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Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.
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