Louise Perold

Johannesburg Area, South Africa


Testing is not just a career to me, it is a massive part of who I am. I have been blessed to come across people who have inspired me and taught me and I believe I have been that person to others over the years. The learning never stops though, and I continue to practice the craft and apply learnings from other disciplines back into software testing.

I am at my happiest when I see a team able to do their best testing work and add valuable information into the system. One way I like to do this is to be part of the team. Mentoring and coaching the team from an external viewpoint is also something I am comfortable with. I realise that much of the work we do is heavily influenced by the greater system we are in. I have many years experience of making these things visible and coming up with practical ideas to maximize the value derived from the testing efforts.

Building the craft and community of testing in South Africa is also a passion of mine. To this end, I am the co-organiser of Let’s Test South Africa and the founder and co-organiser of the Joburg Software Testers Meetup. I enjoy speaking at conferences and have spoken at Let’s Test in Sweden, Copenhagen Context and CAST in North America and I was the co-program chair for CAST 2013.