Nithya Thirugnanasundaram

I work in an environment where you are constantly challenged by new innovations

When did you started working at bol.com?

I started working at bol.com in February 2016.

What do you do at bol.com?

I work as an Agile Test Engineer in a diverse scrum team(yeah!) composed of Internationals from different countries. We as a team are responsible for order intake process, VAT (value added-tax) and many other micro services within the organization. As a Test Engineer I ensure the quality of the software, as a team we deliver every sprint. I achieve this by coming up with test plans, creating automated tests/checks – regression plans. I also discuss with the Product owner and the team members about the test scenarios and exotic scenarios from an user perspective. I am also part of the Testers Work Group within bol.com where we discuss, analyze how we can achieve Test Autonomy (perform testing of application in isolation) within bol.com and invest time in experimenting new tools to achieve the same and provide a testing platform within bol.com

How did you experienced your first month at bol.com?

This part of the journey was a bit of a roller- coaster ride for me, since this was my first job in the Netherlands. So it took me quite some time to land safely on my job and role. Starting a new role at bol.com was really overwhelming. My colleagues were really helpful and very nice to me. Of course, I have a lot of fun at work too.

How do you experience the Dutch culture at bol.com?

Talented colleagues all around you who always offer extended help, willing to guide at work, provide sharing knowledge, motivating on every step you take. I work in an environment where you are constantly challenged by new innovations.

What is/was your biggest challenge when you started working at bol.com?

The biggest challenge was adapting to the Dutch working culture. Learning the cultural nuances of the firm, including how people prefer to communicate and collaborate.

How do you feel about working in a very Dutch company?

Dutch organizations are pragmatic about their strategy, and the working culture involves step-by-step planning as per my experience here. An egalitarian organizational structure, which I like the most. The strategic direction of the company is communicated to everyone in the organization which gives employees a better control in the career. The system is flexible enough too.

What are the developments within your area of expertise and how do you implement them at bol.com?

You could hear a lot of new trends in the testing field like contract testing, component based testing and so on. I would like to work more on automation testing in an isolation and individual component based by experimenting various tools available and come up with concrete solutions and design frameworks. And yes, of course, there is always place for more improvements.

What is your biggest challenge work-wise?

One of the main key attribute a tester should have is analytically think how to quickly solve a puzzle from an user perspective. Since bol.com is a retail e-commerce company, a defect in the production leads to a big loss and challenges the customers trust in us. So as soon as a new feature request comes in, the biggest challenge is to think out of the box and make sure the software we deliver as a team is fail-proof and stable.

Bol.com is a tech company, how do you see this in your daily job?

In bol.com we have a lot of opportunities to learn new stuff. Bol.com offers quite a lot of trainings/meetups. We can select from a wide range of tools and technology, experiment them at work and share the same with others within the organization. You have a lot of freedom in fulfilling your work.

Curious what bol.com does as a tech company? Take a look at www.techlab.bol.com