Meet Oliver Smith, a member of this year’s judging panel

The European Software Testing Awards is an annual event held in Central London celebrating the very best in the software testing and QA industry.

LONDON 16 November 2016: Now in it’s fourth year, The European Software Testing Awards will be taking place at the Old Billingsgate. The award ceremony celebrates companies and individuals who have accomplished significant achievements in the software testing and quality assurance market.

Judges for The European Software Testing Awards are appointed based on their extensive experience in the software testing and QA field. These seasoned professionals, all of whom currently hold senior management roles guarantee that each entry is judged fairly and accurately.

To ensure complete impartiality all entries are judged anonymously with company and/or individual names, products, or references to any identifiable solution and/or service being removed before being distributed to the judges.

Being a judge at The European Software Testing Awards

Oliver Smith, Director of QA for kgb, has been working in Software Testing and Quality Assurance since leaving university in 2002, and currently works across kgb’s multiple businesses, including: 118 118, 118 118 Money and Conduit Global. His vast experience within the industry stands him in great stead to judge this year’s awards.

“My fundamental reason for wanting to judge the awards is because it forms a fantastic showcase for our industry.” Oliver said when asked about why he wanted to judge this year’s awards. He went on to say, “Having worked in this industry, and having had a career spanning from being a test analyst right the way through to now being director, it’s a wonderful thing to take part in and celebrate the success within our profession.”

What are the judges looking for in entrants?

“Honesty is really key. Last year people gave metrics without backing them up and submissions were overly perfect. So honesty and rationale behind why people have done something is crucial.” Oliver continued by saying, “For me, stating the context in which you’re providing metric, and other evidence, is very important. I’m interested in how those things relate back to the context and ultimately the end result is what I’ll be looking for.”

Why should companies enter the awards?

Oliver said, “I do think it’s a superb opportunity to celebrate the success of fantastic teams in an organisation and provide a way of thanking your staff who have worked very hard and produced outstanding test projects.” In terms of what organisations can take away from the awards, Oliver went on to say, “It gives credibility to the winning organisation and because of the way that it’s judged, so independently, with the names of projects and the companies not being provided to the judges, by a group of professional peers, the award received is genuine.”

Entries for the awards close on Friday, 15th July 2016 and the finalists will be announced on Tuesday, 30th August 2016. Submit you entry now!