Interview with Yevheniy Hordiyenko, QC Engineer at WebCreek
Since I started working as a writer for WebCreek, I created good relationships with our team around the world. I never imagined that I’d come into contact with folks from such distant places like Ukraine. But now, continuing with our interview series, it’s time to connect with Yevheniy Hordiyenko from the city of Lviv. This technological metropolis is found a world away from Mexico City, with 8 hours of time difference. So, let’s travel in our minds to Eastern Europe, to discover another of the dots in a distant land, where technology and tradition unite. Let’s dive inside the mind of a partner with many things to share, and from whose experience at WebCreek we can all learn.
Rafa: Hi and welcome. Let’s see, before starting the interview, tell me: the correct pronunciation of your name is Eugene, like in English?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Hahaha, well, yes. My name would be difficult to pronounce for English or Spanish speakers. My name is Yevheniy, of Greek origin. In the United States, it sounds like E “Eugene”. You can call me that, no problem.
Rafa: Okay, Eugene, hahaha! How did you join the WebCreek team?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Eh, it was last year. I started on March 19th, 2018, and I’ve been working here for almost a year and a half. I don’t remember exactly how I found it; maybe I sent my resume to the office. After that, a recruiter contacted me and offered me the job.
Rafa: So, how did you enter into the software world?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Do you mean in general? It’s a long story. I’m an applied mathematician by trade. I graduated from Moscow State University in 1993. That was a long time ago; but previously, I had a variety of jobs. For example, I was a real estate agent. I was also a food retail salesman. Also, I had a number of small stores in the market. And afterward, I was working as a dealer in a casino. That was a tough experience; people often think that it’s a super interesting job, but the truth is that it’s complicated. There were times when I didn’t work, either, because I would save up money (laughs). And the years passed. When my money ran out, I decided to jump back in, and finally found an interesting job that was related to my education.
I graduated in applied mathematics, but never worked in my professional field. I saw how my friends were very successful in IT and decided to try it out, even though I was 40 years old. I thought that it was too late because this is a sector for young people in our country. IT is a very young and modern field. So, I started to look for different information about a degree in Quality Control, and about different tests. That’s how I found the Mikhail Portnov School. It’s a very famous Quality Control school in the United States that prepares people to work in Silicon Valley and pass its requirements. In 2013, I started courses about “Manual Quality Control Engineering,” in an IT company called SoftServe, the biggest in Ukraine. 3 months later, I finished the courses and was offered a job with the company. I was working there for nearly 5 years. And now, WebCreek is my second IT company.
Rafa: Interesting journey. That’s right, can you tell me more about your recent ISTQB certification?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Oh, yes, sure. ISTQB is an international organization that supports Quality Control engineers and guarantees software quality. The company has created an exam system about the knowledge of this field, in order to promote the specialty worldwide. I earned a special level; they have different levels of specialization: “Fundamental” is the basic level, for those who have just started in the profession. From what I understand, this certification is obviously for junior and intermediate positions in most companies. I passed this level 4 years ago. And this year, I set out to earn the advanced level, which is much more serious; of course, it’s a certification for a senior-level position. I looked for new challenges and how to apply them in my career. The idea of this certification is to give people different testing techniques. In junior and intermediate positions, we only use 2 or 3 different techniques. So it was very useful to me. I also chose to take this certification to improve my resume, of course, and continue my professional development. I believe that it’s necessary to train the brain and memory with new information.
Rafa: Thanks for the details about the certification. On that subject, what’s the Regression Test, and how do you apply it at WebCreek?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Ah, I love the processes at WebCreek. I’ve been involved in 7 projects here and can testify that they are good because I hadn’t found others like them in my previous IT company. At WebCreek, I see good client-Project Lead communication. There is a lot of analysis and attention to requirements, and I like the use of prototypes in each one of the projects. It’s a useful and valuable experience for the team. I’m trying to use my previous experience in my current projects.
And about your question regarding Regression Testing, let’s see: sometimes I use it. I think that it’s useful at the end of a project, in order to understand what functions and what doesn’t. For example, when finishing up a test of 2 or 3 steps of some function, then it’s necessary to do a Regression Test to make sure that our changes haven’t messed up the system.
Rafa: Of course. But I’m curious: in psychology and other disciplines, that term has another meaning. “Regression Testing” can also mean something like going over our steps again to understand why a certain situation is occurring or producing certain results. Isn’t that right?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Yes, I understand that there are certain moments when we should turn to this test, and use it to start and end certain activities. If not, we would lose a lot of time doing Regression Tests again and again. What we want are good results, and we should understand why and when to do it, in order to get maximum efficiency.
Rafa: In your LinkedIn profile, I found this slogan: “My goal is to turn into a professional in my profession.” What do you mean by this phrase?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Oh yes, what I wanted to say is that I want to be the best in my profession. In other words, I want to have an open perspective in this profession and good knowledge, and correctly apply many different techniques. I like to analyze various clients’ requirements, and take part in all the meetings with Project Leads and Developers.
Rafa: Have you thought about traveling to Latin America?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: I’ve never been there. But maybe in the future, I’ll visit your country (laughs).
Rafa: Welcome, friend. Really, it’d be a pleasure to show you around Mexico City. To finish up, tell me: do you have a hobby or something you do in your free time?
Yevheniy Hordiyenko: Okay, my hobby, oh, it’s hard to decide. I like a lot of things. I like to spend time with my family, I love my cats and watching movies, ah, and reading books (although I read more in previous years). I like to play tennis, especially ping pong; I organized an IT league in Lviv. Here in my city, there are over 250 IT companies. Lviv is like the Silicon Valley of the US. It’s a big city with a ton of tech companies, and I’m the one who started this ping pong league in the city, where I organize tournaments between these companies. I also like the game “Magic: The Gathering.” Have you heard of it?
Rafa: No, this is the first time that I’m hearing about it.
Yevheniy: It’s a really popular game. A strategy-based card game. I played it for nearly 20 years and was part of a national team in a national tournament. You can say that I was at a semi-professional level. I like international competitions and try to visit other countries in order to play. Just in Europe, though, haha.
Rafa: Well, thanks very much for your time and your answers. It was really interesting to get to know you. Do you have anything else that you’d like to add?
Yevheniy: Ah, yes. I think that it’s a good idea to do this kind of employee interview. It fosters communication between people from different parts of the world and helps us all get to know each other better. I think of myself as a very social person; I like to chat– not just about work, but about life because these microclimates are very useful for the company, the team, and the project.
I closed the chat session, and while I saved the Zoom file in order to move on to transcribing the interview, I was left thinking about some of Eugene’s, Yevheniy’s, words. He is the tech guru that started his IT career with a certain maturity and experience in other fields. He inspires me to think that age is, more than a limitation, a guarantee towards knowing how to maneuver life. It’s also the desire to keep learning, in a sense, as the digital development world implies. And suddenly, I realized that the card game that Yevh mentioned, “Magic: The Gathering,” is a perfect metaphor to describe his own essence: he’s a middle-aged magician that likes the company of others, while he drinks vodka or beer with the cats and family he adores. He reads while sitting on the train that takes him to his place at WebCreek, to test projects again and again until they function perfectly. Let’s continue making the magic that connects the dots.