Ivo Tijan

Lead Quality Assurance Engineer


1. Can you describe your career path?

As a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut, a pilot or an architect. I’ve heard a pilot’s job was insanely stressful and I lacked 3D visualisation perception to be an architect so I chose Telecommunications which was kind of closest to the Universe (satellites and all that). While I was a student, the best-paid jobs were in programming so I ended up being a developer and when I moved to Zagreb, I took an opportunity to work on testing software which was again mostly programming. Lately, I have had the most fun searching for “bugs in organizations”, such as improving processes, communications and test strategies.

2. What do you like the most about Pontis?

The food and the community, or as it is popularly said: work hard, play hard! From management openness and mingling with employees to brainstorming with my teammates and celebrating small achievements and birthdays, it all gives that much-needed closeness and socialization in the office after years of the pandemic. That said, even remote people are cared-for with small surprises.

3. What do you enjoy the most about Quality Assurance and why?

Having the ability to see the bigger picture and thinking outside the box to find all the ways we can improve the quality of the systems we’re building. Not just strictly the actual software code but also all the other things that make a system, like tools, processes, documentation etc.

4. What is your favourite free time activity?

I have stopped lying to shop assistants that I’m buying LEGOs for my kids when I walk into a LEGO store – I buy them for myself (and yes, for kids too) and I’m always proud to emphasize how I still have all the pieces of my very first LEGO set I’ve ever gotten, way back in 1987. I have also trained karate for over 20 years and aikido for some 5 years.

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