Mike Smith

Researcher · Instructor · Tester · Consultant · Public Speaker · mikesmith@peripheralmedia.net

R&D Architect for Ideagen Plc · Instructor for LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com · Load Testing / Performance Testing Specialist · Software Testing Consultant · Public Speaker · Software Testing Evangelist


Experience

R&D Architect

Ideagen Plc

Being part of the Research and Development Team, my role primarily includes investigating cutting edge technology (machine learning, augmented reality, artificial intelligence) to provide proof of concepts for sustainable enhancements to current products and provide research support for existing solutions and development. Openly challenging conventions to promote aggressive innovation.

September 2018 - Present

Principle Test Engineer

Ideagen Plc

Software Testing evangelist and mentor to the global Testing Group; specialist in Technical testing (Load Testing, Security Testing, Chaos Engineering) Delivering talks internally to staff and co-workers. Opening up discussions between departments about Software Quality.

December 2017 - September 2018

Test Team Leader

Ideagen Plc

Managing multiple testing teams across the UK, organising training, occupational objectives and advancement for team members. Creating policies for Software Testing and adhering to industry standards (ISO 27001) Liaising with Development, Support and Implementation teams to increase transparency within Testing Group. Holding one-to-ones to monitor staff performance and acting as key voice within Testing Group for staff members.

Jan 2015 - December 2017

Skills

Emergent Tech Skills
Augmented Reality, Reinforcement Learning, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Serverless

Software Testing
Exploratory Testing, UX Testing, Integration Testing, Regression Testing, Accessibility Testing

Soft Skills
Leadership, Motivation, Empathy, Mental Health Awareness, Positivity

Security Testing
OWASP ZAP, Metasploit, Skipfish, Acunetix, Kali Linux, SQLMap

Load Testing
JMeter, Taurus, Locust.io

Cloud
Amazon Web Services, Chaos Engineering

Monitoring
Nagios, Grafana

Containers
Docker, Kubernetes

API
Postman, SoapUI (ReadyAPI)

Other
CLI Proficiency (Windows, Powershell, Linux and UNIX), SQL, Fiddler, Microservices, MongoDB


Certifications
  • Certified Agile Tester
  • ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager
  • ISTQB Advanced Software Testing
  • ISTQB Foundation Software Testing
  • ITIL, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

Interests

Outside of work I'm a big fan of video games, I'm an avid audio book listener. I stream some of my live coding on Twitch, I stream Dungeons & Dragons once a month with friends and am currently working on my own fiction novels due for publication in 2019. I'm also a fan of Ice Hockey and craft beer (usually at the same time)

In 2015 I founded the trading name Peripheral Media to focus on my consulting and freelance jobs alongside my full time job. If you're interested in me speaking at your place of work or event please email me at mikesmith@peripheralmedia.net or visit a peripheralmedia.net for more details.