Meet Lorena, QA Lead at Plus QA

Where are you from?

I grew up in Naples, a very small town in the panhandle of North Idaho. Surprisingly, I have never set foot on a potato farm, but I do know a lot of moose. I moved to Forest Grove for college a few years ago and gradually made my way closer to Portland before finding a great spot in Southeast (very close to a Los Gorditos truck, which is both wonderful and terrible).

What do you do for fun?

I love trail running – Forest Park is heaven on earth. Like any good Portlander, I like to bike and hike too. You can never go wrong with the Eagle Creek / Tunnel Falls hike! I also enjoy baking and am working on perfecting a cheesecake recipe. And to further add to the list of grandma activities, I like to crochet and am picking up knitting. The current project is a baby wombat for a friend’s baby shower.

What do you like about working in QA?

I’m very detail-oriented and do best when I understand why and how things work. Getting an insight into the inner workings of a project as a QA Lead has been constantly interesting and challenging. It’s also rewarding to be involved with the betterment of a product that thousands of people use and depend on.
I also really enjoy training new testers on the project I work on! While that’s more specific to my role, it’s been fun to be a resource for people as they get up to speed while getting to know them.

What has your experience at Plus QA been like so far?

It’s been a great couple years so far! I started as the Office Manager in 2015 and got to know the company that way, then recently started in a lead role. I enjoyed being able to be a part of Plus QA’s growth through the administrative side of things. It’s been interesting to see the company develop as sustainably as it has. I’ve also been offered many opportunities for growth that I wouldn’t necessarily have received at a larger company.

I also really appreciate how diverse Plus QA is, from the diversity of backgrounds to the number of women in managerial positions. It’s refreshing to see compared to many companies in Portland’s tech scene. I think that diversity lends itself to a collaborative and encouraging atmosphere.

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

I’m looking forward to continuing to learn about the project I work on and developing relationships with their team of PMs and developers. Omar, our Technical Director, is also working on a Plus QA outpost in Philly so I’m excited to watch that grow (and maybe someday go visit)!
On a personal note, I’m looking forward to seeing some friends around the Pacific Northwest in September as well as racing the summer trail Series in Forest Park in July.