Papuna Gagnidze, QA Automation Developer in Rustavi, Georgia
Papuna Gagnidze

QA Automation Developer in Rustavi, Georgia

Member since November 21, 2019
Papuna is a highly skilled QA automation and DevOps engineer with experience in Linux system administration and network engineering. He has leadership experience in QA teams and skills for delivering high-quality end-to-end tests. Papuna has designed architectures and implemented scalable systems using microservices and serverless architecture.
Papuna is now available for hire


  • Owloops
    AWS DevOps, Serverless Architecture, Cloud Services
  • Cleardoc Inc.
    JavaScript, DevOps, CI/CD Pipelines, TypeScript, Cloud Services, AWS RDS...
  • GeoSTQB
    Test Automation, Software Testing, Quality Assurance (QA)



Rustavi, Georgia



Preferred Environment

MacOS, Docker, Git, Visual Studio Code, Linux Server Administration, Unix, Resource Management, Kubernetes

The most amazing...

...project I have worked on is Casting Networks, where I was in charge of automating the data validation process for the database migration team.


  • Founder

    2022 - PRESENT
    • Acquired a browser automation startup and relaunched it as Owloops with additional features.
    • Open-sourced the core engine to give back to the community and start a new approach for automation testing and monitoring.
    • Implemented Chrome extensions to simplify the user flow creation process.
    Technologies: AWS DevOps, Serverless Architecture, Cloud Services
  • DevOps Engineer

    2021 - PRESENT
    Cleardoc Inc.
    • Improved video transcoding speed and cost management with the transcoder's autoscaling.
    • Upgraded database engines, implemented them in IaC, and performed data migrations.
    • Improved Redis cluster availability and performance through the implementation of clean-up jobs.
    • Implemented various security practices to meet industry standard certification requirements.
    • Migrated the infrastructure to the CDK and performed backup continuity planning activities.
    Technologies: JavaScript, DevOps, CI/CD Pipelines, TypeScript, Cloud Services, AWS RDS, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Co-founder

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Participated in conferences, cooperating with the industry's financial sector and public institutions.
    • Administered accreditation of training providers to supply courses that meet the syllabus of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB).
    • Provided certification of IT professionals in Georgia according to ISTQB standards.
    • Assured large company managers about the effectiveness of ISTQB-certified staff.
    • Implemented an internationally recognized scheme of certified testers.
    Technologies: Test Automation, Software Testing, Quality Assurance (QA)
  • QA Screener

    2021 - 2022
    • Conducted over 170 interviews for manual and automation QA engineers.
    • Contributed to developing interview techniques that enhanced the quality of candidate selection for QA roles.
    • Helped design and implement technical assessments for QA candidates, including live coding tasks and technical projects.
    Technologies: Interviewing, Test Automation, Manual QA
  • QA Automation Engineer

    2020 - 2021
    Cleardoc Inc.
    • Introduced Zephyr Scale plugin for test management and traceability and created and maintained test cases for a beta product with rapid development.
    • Automated smoke testing test cases of a remote video creation real-time application with a hybrid Cypress, Puppeteer, and FFmpeg framework from scratch.
    • Created load tests using k6 for critical web sockets and executed them from k6 cloud load generators.
    • Reviewed customer support issues and created a bug-tracking system.
    • Trained team members in testing methodologies and testing principles.
    Technologies: QA Automation, Quality Assurance (QA), Angular, iOS, JavaScript, TypeScript, Documentation, Mobile App Testing, Web App Testing
  • QA Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    Casting Networks (via TulaCo)
    • Managed a team of five senior QA automation engineers.
    • Implemented unit testing for performance using the k6 load testing tool.
    • Maintained UI, API, and load-testing frameworks for a large-scale application with up to three million users.
    • Implemented optimized tests that validated big data up to four million records in extreme cases.
    Technologies: QA Leadership, JavaScript, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Amazon DynamoDB, TestRail, WebdriverIO, Cloud Services
  • Mobile Automation Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    Switch Four
    • Analyzed business and functional requirements and developed test scripts for iOS and Android Native applications. Automated test coverage of the core functionality increased by 75%.
    • Created data-driven tests by integrating a framework with Google Sheets API as a database and creating data tables as an external asset.
    • Implemented a simplified flow for the application version management by integrating a framework with Bitrise API.
    • Set up a CI/CD pipeline on a TeamCity server with parametrization to run tests using specific builds on Sauce Labs cloud devices. Built reporting with Allure reporter and integrated results with TeamCity.
    • Managed the application state using API calls within UI tests.
    • Trained the QA team on mobile automation processes.
    Technologies: JavaScript, WebdriverIO, Cloud Services
  • QA Engineer

    2018 - 2019
    TBC Bank Group
    • Managed a team of QA engineers (ten testers) as a chapter lead.
    • Collaborated with automation consulting engineers to standardize end-to-end automation tools and processes.
    • Created JMeter scenarios and scheduled the virtual users to generate a realistic load on the server using JMeter (load generator machine).
    • Developed automation test scripts for web service (API) testing.
    • Implemented page objects and test classes using Selenium WebDriver, Java, and JUnit.
    Technologies: Jenkins, Apache JMeter, SoapUI, Java, Cloud Services
  • QA Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    Product Savvy Consulting
    • Served as a project team leader working on highly available software for event management.
    • Migrated test plans into scripts for automated regression testing using frameworks such as Protractor and Calabash.
    • Designed architecture and implemented a highly scalable system using dockerized microservices with AWS ECS, ALB, and VPC.
    • Set up Jenkins as a continuous delivery pipeline which included automated build, E2E testing, and deployments in multiple environments.
    • Developed and maintained test cases for testing the applications after analyzing system specification documents.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bash, TypeScript, Jenkins, Cloud Services
  • Network Operation Center Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    Delta Comm
    • Collaborated with field technicians and vendors to resolve data circuits, voice, and data problems.
    • Monitored network performance using tools such as Cacti and Nagios.
    • Configured and maintained Cisco and Juniper routers and switches.
    • Analyzed and determined technical problems within LAN and WAN infrastructure.
    • Coordinated with other departments to resolve customer issues and determine appropriate escalation paths where necessary.
    Technologies: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Routing, Cacti, Nagios


  • WorkTrip

    WorkTrip is a web- and mobile-based event management software. It serves as a centralized hub for communicating all of the users' events and travel details.

  • Casting Networks

    Casting Networks is the leading provider of casting and audition management software to the casting industry. Casting directors and agents worldwide use Casting Networks to source and manage talent across film, television, digital, and commercial projects, facilitating over a million auditions per year.

  • T-Pay

    TPay is an innovative payment method using QR payments and simple online checkout procedures. QR payments can be made with Android and iOS applications, while online checkout is available on the web for stores.

  • TBC Web

    TBC Bank's internet banking allows customers to check balances and view statements and transfers between their accounts and the accounts of others, legal entities, or the state treasury. TBC Bank's internet banking was declared the best four times by Global Finance magazine in the years from 2012 to 2015.

  • TBC Mobile

    TBC Mobile is a mobile banking app that offers customers the most innovative and easy way to manage their money on the go. It was a global winner and Global Finance magazine named it the best in the mobile banking category in 2019.

  • AVaStar

    The AVaStar platform provides the operating system for efficient planning and executing AV and technology services in a public or private venue. Wherever staff needs to manage the presentation technology needs for meetings and events, AVaStar can improve revenue, reduce costs, protect customers' investment, and enhance the customer experience.

  • ParkMyCloud

    ParkMyCloud is a policy-driven cloud cost optimization platform that turns utilization data into automated action. It provides an easy-to-use platform that helps enterprises automatically identify and eliminate wasted cloud spend.

  • WolfPack

    WolfPack reinvents the group riding experience. It allows users to plan group rides, invite their pack, navigate together, and communicate from Android or iOS devices. For system monitoring and management, a web application is used.

  • Speaker at EXTENT Talks

    I was a speaker at EXTENT Talks, a meeting place for IT specialists working in various industries and seeking professional growth. The conference was held at Tech Park in Tbilisi, Georgia. I spoke about a possible solution for successful test automation. The slides can be read at

  • Speaker at DevOps Con Tbilisi 2019

    As an emerging technology speaker, I was invited to present unikernels at the DevOps Con conference at Ilia State University in Tbilisi. My lecture, Unikernels: Building Blocks of Future Applications, explored the concept of unikernels and their potential impact on the future of software development. Using real-world examples and technical demonstrations, I showcased the unique features of unikernels and how they can improve performance, security, and efficiency in modern applications.

  • Panel Discussions at TMPA Conference

    These discussions have allowed me to share my insights and perspectives on the latest advancements and challenges in software testing while also providing a platform for meaningful dialogue between academia and industry experts. Through these discussions, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from thought leaders in the field, furthering my own understanding and contributing to the advancement of the industry as a whole.

  • Panel Discussions at the A4Q World Congress

    I was a member of panel discussions about the challenging quality engineering practices at the A4Q World Congress, discussing use cases for accessibility, biometrics, location-based applications, and real-time application testing.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, SQL, Python, Bash, TypeScript, Java
  • Frameworks

    Appium, Selenium, Selenide, JUnit, Jest, Cypress
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, WebDriverJS, Chai, REST APIs, Paessler PRTG API
  • Tools

    Jenkins, Cucumber, REST Assured, Mocha, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Apache JMeter, Git, Gradle, Postman, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Jira, TestRail, Nagios, Cacti, WebdriverIO, TeamCity, Grafana, Kibana, AWS CloudFormation, Ansible, Vagrant, SoapUI
  • Paradigms

    Manual Testing, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Automated Testing, DevOps, Testing, Test Automation, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Agile Software Development, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Load Testing, Microservices Architecture, Stress Testing, REST, Software Testing, Serverless Architecture
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Linux, Unix, Fedora, MacOS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon EC2, Firebase, Kubernetes, iOS, Visual Studio Code
  • Other

    Mobile App Testing, Web App Testing, SDET, Manual QA, QA Testing, AWS DevOps, Quality Assurance (QA), Agile Software Testing, UI Testing, API Testing, Network Engineering, QA Automation, Cloud Services, Regression Testing, Integration Testing, Monitoring, AWS Cloud Architecture, QA Leadership, Test Design, Cloud Architecture, Configuration Management, CI/CD Pipelines, Business Services, Linux Server Administration, Resource Management, AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), AWS RDS, Rideshare Services, Event Management, Routing, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IT Networking, System Administration, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Networking, Cisco, Cisco Networking, Troubleshooting, Prometheus, Filebeat, QA Test Plan Management, ECS, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Website Performance, Performance Tuning, K6, Interviewing, Documentation, Conference Speaking, Public Speaking, Project Leadership, Mobile Device QA Automation, Web App Automation, Performance Testing, Mentorship & Coaching
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Database Testing, Microsoft SQL Server, Databases, Elasticsearch, Amazon DynamoDB
  • Industry Expertise

    Banking & Finance, Security, IT Security


  • Coursework Toward a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics
    2015 - 2016
    Tbilisi State University - Tbilisi, Georgia

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