GTB Members present themselves

Member of the GTB

Stephanie Ulrich

Stephanie Ulrich belongs to those who were enthusiastic about software testing even back in the nineties, at a time when quality assurance did not have the status it has today. Consequently, she was not distracted by one of her former bosses, who asked her: „Why do you want to test? Do something interesting instead – data modelling for example“ Stephanie Ulrich, however, stuck with software testing, was quality manager in the application development of a large touristic organization, and has played a role in the ISO-9000 certifications of this organization. She was involved in the testing of large projects, and was as test manager responsible for a project in India. She currently works for a major bank, where she had a central role in the development of guidelines for the test and quality management of the organization. Today, she is project manager in the field of process management.

With a twinkle in her eye, Stephanie Ulrich says about herself: „As soon as I come into contact with software, I find bugs.“ She is attracted to testing because of the possibility of applying detective-like perception on one hand, and the possibility of enhancing the quality level of systems on the other hand. Facing a problem and having to find a solution to it – this basically scientific approach still fascinates the certified biologist today. It is therefore no coincidence that she has been a member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) for almost 15 years, where she is mainly active in the working group „Test, Analysis and Verification of Software“ (TAV).

Since she knows that testing is not a mere sideline, but an independent and professional activity, she is also one of the founding members of the GTB e. V. In this association, she leads the Foundation Level working group of the Tester Certification and also collaborates in the Advanced Level working group. In addition, she represents the GTB at the international umbrella organization, the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®), in all matters relating to the Foundation Level certification. As far as the GTB is concerned, she values the fact that all important perspectives are represented in this organization, from industry to universities. At the same time, the organization is clearly set up – for Stephanie Ulrich a sign of its ability to act.