Hi, my name is Huib Schoots. This is my alternative resumé. My conventional resumé is here. My resumé as a mind map can be found here. On this page, you can read about what I think is important to know about me.
I am a consultant, trainer, and coach. Software development and especially software testing is my passion. I believe that working together in the workplace ultimately makes the difference in software development. Therefore I help people in teams to do what they are good at; by empowering them and help them continuously improve their teamwork.
I have considerable experience in the field of software testing, both nationally and internationally. I also have extensive knowledge and experience in testing, coaching, agile implementation, line and project management.
Together with my stakeholders, I achieve the desired goals. Solving problems is always a challenge right up my alley. My knowledge and experience combined with my proactive mentality, entrepreneurial spirit, passion and communication skills enable me to make (complex) projects a success. I have a lot of experience in designing, implementing and improving structured (agile) test processes within organizations. But I also like to work as a hands-on tester.
I am a welcome guest at various testing events and have vast experience in giving presentations, workshops, and training. I like to combine agile, quality and human aspects to improve teams and help people grow. To achieve that, my goal is to make software development and testing more fun.
I am open, honest and often straightforward. I am a passionate and energetic person who can enthuse people. I am a team player and social networker who likes to connect people. My ideal job is a combination of improving/creating stuff, learning and teaching/coaching.
Everything I do, I do with passion. What keeps me moving is energy and passion. I need challenges to feel comfortable. Add to that that I want to be good in almost everything I do. Not just good, but the very best. All that makes that my surroundings sometimes suffer from me because I always want to more and do better. Fortunately, I have an above average energy level and that helps me do what I do. This video of Steve Jobs summarizes how I work.
I’m curious. This is an important characteristic in a coach and software tester. Richard Feynman, the Nobel Prize winner was a tester, though he was officially a natural scientist. In this video, “The pleasure of finding things out” he talks about certainty, knowledge, and doubt (from 47:20). Critical thinking about observations and information is important in my work! Richard Feynman never took anything for granted. He took the scientific approach and thought critical about his work. He doubted a lot and asked many questions to verify.
Because of my curiosity, I want to know everything. This has one big advantage: I want to develop and practice continuous learning. The great thing about my job is that testers get paid for learning: testing is gathering information about things that are important to stakeholders to inform decisions. I love to read and I read a lot to discover new things. I also ask for feedback on my work to develop myself continuously. Lately, experiential learning has my special attention. I wrote a column about why I like this way of learning. When it comes to learning, two great TED videos come to mind: “Schools kill creativity” and “building a school in the cloud“. These videos tell a story about how we learn and why schools (or learning in general) should change.
People take the central place in my work. I have learned over the years that vulnerability can make you powerful rather than weak. I have also learned my share about leadership. The TED Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” by Simon Sinek is still a great inspiration for me after seeing it years ago. Just as Steve Jobs says in his speech: “How to live before you die“. He speaks about following curiosity and intuition. About trust in yourself. About following your heart, even when it takes you off the well-worn path. People are a great source of inspiration for me and I learn every project again from the people I meet.
To really understand something, you should be able to explain it to another person. That’s what my math teacher told me in high school and he was right. Test techniques are a good example, I really began to understand them, when teaching testing courses. I had to explain them in courses and testers were asked smart questions about it. Knowledge sharing is an essential part of my work. I like doing workshops and classes and I speak regularly at conferences.
I’m an entrepreneurial type of person. I am pro-active and like to arrange and coordinate everything so that things run smoothly. If something needs to be arranged, Huib will get it done!
Feb. 2014 – current: Senior Consultant at Improve Quality Services
- Agile coach / Scrum Master at PGGM
- Agile coach at Océ
- Trainer Rapid Software Testing
- Agile and test coach at ING
- Agile coach at Tata Steel
- Test advisor at Nasdaq / BWise
- Interim Manager at Stater
- Test advisor & coach at RES
- Test advisor at CZ
Nov. 2012 – Jan. 2014: Agile Test Consultant at codecentric Nederland BV
- Test advisor at CZ
- Test coordinator, tester and coach at Isala hospital
- Advisor Test Automation at ING
Jul. 2010 – Oct. 2012: Team manager and Lead Test Analyst at Rabobank International
- Daily management of a team of fifteen testers, two release managers and environment manager.
- Advising on the test policy, the test process, test improvement initiatives and other test-related issues.
2006 – 2010: Unit Manager and Senior Test Consultant at Polteq
- Daily management of the Polteq Unit in Dordrecht.
- Various assignments: among others I worked with Kas Bank, TNT Post, Consumentenbond, Norfolkline, T-Mobile, Free Record Shop, Nétive Staffing Software Solutions, RPM Car, IAK and Florence.
2005 – 2006: Test Manager at VX Company
- Test Manager at Postcode Lotery
- Test Manager at Telegraaf Media Group
1996 – 2005: Developer, Tester and Test Manager at CMG (later LogicaCMG, now CGI)
- Various assignments: among others I worked with H3G in Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, England en Sweden, Global Services Germany, Belgium, Austria, Delta Lloyd, Fortis, KPN, T-Mobile, Rabobank, UPC and Dienst Omroepbijdragen.
The above presentations were given at international conferences. I have been a speaker and facilitator at international conferences such as: EuroStar, Agile Testing Days (Germany), Let’s Test Conference (Sweden), CAST (USA), Belgium Testing Days (Belgium), Test Automation Days (Netherlands), Test Forum (Denmark), Czech Test (Czech Republic), TestBash (UK), Dutch Testing Conference, Dutch Testing Day, TestNet (Netherlands) and DEWT conferences.
For my recent presentations at EuroStar and Agile Testing Days conferences I have made two teaser videos:
- Co-author of the book “Bepaal je koers! Toekomst en Trends in testen”, (Set your course! Future and Trends in Testing) JuBoCo TestNet, 2012, ISBN: 9789491065347
- Blog: http://www.magnifiant.com
- Column in Agile Record
- Column at testnieuws.nl (UK version)
- Articles in various magazines (links here)
- Founding member of DEWT (Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing)
- Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing
- Coaching via Skype sessions
- Founding member of ISST
- AST member
- Former life coach at social (Divers in Den Bosch, a social welfare organisation)
- Former youth coach at Goal! project in Amsterdam
- Former Mentor in the STEP programme by Per Scholas
- Former board member and events committee member at TestNet
- Former member of the group training and coaching at TestNet
I live in burgundian Den Bosch. A beautiful city with the character of a village, cozy shops, restaurants and pubs as well as nature within walking distance from the centre (Bossche Broek, Gement). It is a wonderful place to live!