Javier Picon, Developer in New York, NY, United States
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Javier Picon

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QA Engineer and Developer

Location
New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 5, 2024

Javier is a QA lead with over 20 years of experience in Agile methodologies, test automation strategy, and quality assurance management. He has successfully spearheaded QA operations, established efficient workflows, and led cross-platform testing initiatives for digital products. With a proven track record of enhancing product quality, reliability, and team productivity, Javier is adept at integrating teams and optimizing test automation frameworks to meet evolving industry standards.

Portfolio

Away
Jira, Test Management, Manual Testing, Windows, Sentry, UI Testing, Front-end...
GrubHub
TestCafe, Sentry, UI Testing, Front-end, Android, iOS, Web, Automation...
Isobar
Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), API Testing, Selenium, PhantomJS, SEO Tools...

Experience

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

Windows, MacOS, Jira

The most amazing...

...solution I've helped develop from scratch is a custom-made CMS for HBO and Cinemax.

Work Experience

QA Lead and Manager

2021 - 2024
Away
  • Spearheaded QA operations across digital product teams, ensuring top-notch product quality while managing in-house and off-shore QA members.
  • Established an efficient QA workflow by implementing test-driven development (TDD) and release management methodologies using Github, significantly improving product quality and team productivity.
  • Recruited an automation expert to enhance the maintenance and solidification of automated test scripts.
  • Pioneered the transition of the automation framework from Puppeteer to Playwright, boosting test efficiency.
  • Successfully migrated to an in-house test case platform, optimizing test case management, accuracy, and reliability.
  • Managed QA relations and aligned outsourced vendor efforts with team goals for seamless integration.
  • Handled internal and external QA operations as we transitioned from Solidus to a proper ERP solution with Microsoft Dynamics 365.
  • Developed proper testing strategies for SEO and analytics testing.
  • Implemented QA strategies for A/B testing several marketing campaigns using LaunchDarkly.
Technologies: Jira, Test Management, Manual Testing, Windows, Sentry, UI Testing, Front-end, SEO Tools, QA Test Plan Management, Test Planning, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Test Cases, Quality Assurance (QA), QA Leadership, Test-driven Development (TDD), Microsoft Dynamics 365, LaunchDarkly, A/B Testing

Senior QA Engineer

2019 - 2020
GrubHub
  • Supervised and performed quality assurance for weekly releases, utilizing automated and manual testing methodologies.
  • Developed and maintained cross-platform test cases and cycles, ensuring Android, iOS, and web compatibility.
  • Collaborated closely with developers and product teams in an Agile environment, facilitating a smooth, continuous integration process.
  • Reduced automation test failures across the platform, enhancing overall system reliability.
  • Employed Protractor and TestCafe in the automation framework, improving efficiency and accuracy.
  • Monitored and addressed JavaScript-specific errors using Sentry, ensuring optimal website performance.
Technologies: TestCafe, Sentry, UI Testing, Front-end, Android, iOS, Web, Automation, Protractor, JavaScript, Release Management, Manual Testing, API Testing, SEO Tools, QA Test Plan Management, Test Planning, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Test Cases, Quality Assurance (QA), QA Leadership, Agile

Senior QA Analyst

2016 - 2019
Isobar
  • Spearheaded the creation and upkeep of critical QA documents, enhancing project efficiency.
  • Pioneered Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) implementation testing, improving CMS across projects.
  • Collaborated closely with developers and product teams in an Agile environment and performed API testing using Postman.
  • Assured product excellence by crafting and executing comprehensive regression and smoke tests.
  • Implemented an automation suite using Selenium with PhantomJS for SEO data efforts.
Technologies: Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), API Testing, Selenium, PhantomJS, SEO Tools, Continuous Integration (CI), Regression Testing, E2E Testing, UI Testing, QA Testing, UX Testing, Manual Testing, Front-end, QA Test Plan Management, Test Planning, Test Cases, Quality Assurance (QA), QA Leadership

QA Analyst

2013 - 2016
Hearst
  • Spearheaded quality assurance for Hearst Digital Media's diverse portfolio of websites, including Cosmo and Esquire.
  • Implemented Selenium automation in Python and Java, enhancing the efficiency of smoke tests on sites and the CMS.
  • Collaborated with developers and product teams in an Agile CI/CD environment.
  • Handled the migration of Hearst sites to a new CMS platform.
  • Developed automated scripts for the new platform, streamlining the CI process and boosting productivity.
Technologies: Selenium, Selenium IDE, Python, Java, Content Management Systems (CMS), Agile, Jira, Testing, QA Testing, E2E Testing, Regression Testing, UI Testing, QA Automation, Manual Testing, Front-end, Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), API Testing, SEO Tools, QA Test Plan Management, Test Planning, Test Cases, Quality Assurance (QA)

QA Engineer

2011 - 2013
The Everyday Health Group
  • Spearheaded manual testing of the MedPage Today product, ensuring top-notch performance across platforms by conceptualizing and implementing test cases and plans.
  • Utilized relational databases like Rally and Mantis for efficient defect tracking and reporting.
  • Handled QA tasks during the successful site migration from PostgreSQL to MySQL, improving data management significantly.
  • Leveraged Firebug and various development tools to troubleshoot and resolve issues swiftly.
Technologies: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Firebug, Chrome DevTools, Rally, Mantis, Manual QA, Website QA, QA Testing, Quality Assurance (QA), UI Testing, Manual Testing, Front-end, SEO Tools, QA Test Plan Management, Test Planning

AEM Integration with Custom Modals

https://www.hbo.com/
Leveraging Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), my team and I created a custom-made experience for editors to manage the front end of HBO and Cinemax websites. I was the project's lead QA, working directly with vendors and the development team to ensure the project met the best QA standards and reached production with minimal issues.

Libraries/APIs

PhantomJS

Tools

Jira, Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), Sentry, Firebug, Rally, Mantis, LaunchDarkly

Platforms

Windows, MacOS, Web, Android, iOS

Frameworks

Selenium, TestCafe, Protractor

Paradigms

Manual Testing, Automation, Continuous Integration (CI), E2E Testing, Agile, Testing, Test-driven Development (TDD)

Storage

PostgreSQL, MySQL

Languages

JavaScript, Python, Java

Other

Test Management, UI Testing, Front-end, Release Management, Quality Assurance (QA), Test Cases, QA Test Plan Management, Test Planning, Cross-functional Team Leadership, QA Leadership, SEO Tools, API Testing, Regression Testing, QA Testing, UX Testing, Selenium IDE, Content Management Systems (CMS), QA Automation, Chrome DevTools, Manual QA, Website QA, Test Case Creation, Test Case Execution, Microsoft Dynamics 365, A/B Testing

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