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The State of QA in Georgia

The State of QA in Georgia

Tatia Getia, Head of Communication and Relations, GeoSTQB

Tatia traced the steps that the Georgian Software Testing Qualifications Board has taken locally and on the global industry arena and reviewed the outcomes of the organisation’s work up until now. Tatia also highlighted how the understanding of quality assurance and the demand for qualified software testers has changed in Georgia over the past few years.

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  1. The State of
    QA in Georgia
    Tatia Getia
    Head of Communications at GeoSTQB

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  2. Content
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    ▸ What are GeoSTQB and ISTQB?
    ▸ GeoSTQB’s Main Achievements & Mission
    ▸ QA Market Before & After
    ▸ Future Plans

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  3. Hello!
    Tatia Getia
    ▸ Head of Communication at GeoSTQB
    ▸ Project Communications Officer at CARE Caucasus
    ▸ Co-founder “Women for Changes”
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  4. What’s
    GeoSTQB?
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  5. GeoSTQB History at a glance
    ▸ Since 18, October, 2019 GeoSTQB became Official Representative of ISTQB
    ▸ Since 16th January, 2020 there was officially launched ability to take exam via Exactpro
    Tbilisi Office in Georgia. Since COVID-19 appeared, supporting remote examination.
    ▸ Initiating training existence around Software Testing with GITA for the project “Education
    3000 specialist in IT”
    ▸ Provided a varaiety of workshops, webinars, meetups around Software Testing topics.
    Started the celebration of Software Tester’s day and have been keeping the tradition
    since 9th September 2020.
    ▸ Established relations with several universities in order to support proper IT education
    according to the ISTQB sullabys.
    ▸ Conducted a QA survey for 2021, based on the first quarter.
    ▸ Initiating the process of accreditation training centers as an official ISQTB training
    provider since 9th September, 2021.
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  6. GeoSTQB History at a glance
    ▸ In cooperation with Digital Camp Georgia, we supported idea of QA hackathon and
    motivated participants.
    ▸ Participated in World Congress - orginized by A4Q - twice; Particpated in several
    events aimed at increasing the awarenes of Software Testing among our target
    audience.
    ▸ Supporting gender equity, signed WEPs with UN Women Georgia and participated
    in the project “Educate 500 women in Tech”.
    ▸ Supporting training centers.
    ▸ Supporting QA community Tbilisi, which has grown up to 2.6k users.
    ▸ Participatin in several social, media or digital channel programs in order to promote
    the area and profession itself.
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  7. “ MISSION:
    ▸ Promoting professional excellence in Software
    Testing.
    ▸ Increasing the awareness of ISTQB among software
    testers within different companies.
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  8. Natia Sirbiladze
    President
    The Team
    Tinatin Tsirekidze Tatia Getia Anano Amiranashvili Tamar Baratashvili
    Vice President
    Darejan Usanetashvili Davit Danelia
    Beka Sazuashvili Davit Mnatobishvili
    Head of Communications
    Manager of Innovations Direction
    Head of Trainings Direction Head of Examinations
    Head of University Relations Head of Innovations Direction Manager of Innovations Direction

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  9. QA Market
    BEFORE
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  10. “ ▸ Monthly Demand of QA Specialist was 5-6 including
    all companies
    ▸ No understanding of necessity this area for Business
    ▸ No career development path for a Software Tester
    ▸ Low Salaries
    ▸ Deemed as the least desirable profession in
    technologies
    ▸ No understanding of ISTQB
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  11. QA Market
    AFTER
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  12. Demand for QA specialists on
    the market
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    ➢ Around 18-19 specialists on average on different HR recturing
    platforms
    ➢ Lack of professionals on the market, and companies are
    searching desperately
    ➢ International companies recognize ISTQB standards and have
    higher requirements

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  13. Education & Trainings
    ▸ Due to the high demand, we have several training centers on the market:
    ▹ Softfan, Smart Academy, TBC IT Academy, GITA ‘’ Educate 3000
    specialists in IT”, Electronic Academy.
    ▹ Companies which do training beside their main activities and provide
    internship & employment opportunities: Exactpro, Epam, Exadel,
    Webiz, TBC Bank.
    ▹ “Educate 500 women in Tech” orginized by UN Women and BTU, has
    additional Software Testing courses for beginners.
    ▹ Several other centres are underway.
    ▸ Lack of Lecturers on the market
    ▸ Couple of Universities have launched the Software Testing course based the
    on ISTQB Foundation Level sillabus for their students. The demand has
    increased from 1 group to 4 parallel ones.
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  14. ISTQB Exams
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  15. ISTQB Exams
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    ➢ The majority of exams taken are Certified Tester Foundation
    Level
    ○ Very few Test Automation Engineer, Agile Tester, etc.

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  16. After Market Survey 2021 Q1
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    ➢ Around 60% work as a manual testers, 13%
    as automation engineers and 27 % have
    mixed responsibilities.
    ➢ 90% work in the private sector, 6% in the
    public sector and 4% in other types of
    ogranizations.
    ➢ 62% are women

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  17. After Market Survey 2021 Q1
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    ➢ Majority Net Salary ranges was varying between
    1000-1500 GEL.
    ➢ Summary Average Net Salary is 2500 GEL

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  18. “ ▸ Tester’s Days 9-10 September, 2022. To include
    international speakers, new-trends-based topics.
    ▸ QA Talks series about test automation topics
    ▸ Increased participation in regional events/webinars
    and doing knowledge sharing
    ▸ Creating new product/products trainings &
    examinations (Surprise!)...
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    Thank you!
    [email protected]
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/geostqb/
    🔗
    Facebook GeoSTQB Community Group
    https://www.facebook.com/geostqb/

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