Denys Pavlenko is an Engineering Manager of Quality Engineeering at Personio GmbH, enabling better organisations by providing the leading HRM platform for SMEs in Europe. Former Domain Quality Lead at Magento as a part at eBay Inc.

QA Coach at StartIT Training center for IT Specialists. The aim of the courses is to help talented people start their new career in IT.

Speaker at QA Conferences, one of the QA Meetup organizers in Munich, Germany.

By leading quality at a number of different companies with different setups, Denys can you help out with defining the vision and identifying the right quality strategy based on the stage of product maturity. He has a solid understanding of the Testing methodologies, hands-on experience with setting up scalable and automated solutions.

Denys does like sharing the experience and challenges of building up a QA team from scratch, the main pitfalls of moving from Quality Assurance towards Quality Assistance within the org.

He's been coaching Quality Assurance Engineers from Junior till Senior position for the last 6 years.

My Mentoring Topics

  • Leading Quality and building up Quality Narrative within the org
  • Establishing Quality ownership and QA team setup in the org
  • Building QA teams and QA functions from scratch
  • Helping out with identifying the most suitable testing strategy
  • Practical Testing pyramid
  • Testing the world of miscroservices
  • Starting a career in QA or/and switching from Software Engineering to QA
  • Building up robust test frameworks by using prominent scalable and reliable solutions and technologies
  • Preparation for QA Interview, career advise and inspiration
  • Recruitment with a focus on QA Engineers
  • Ask me anything about quality
  • Agile Testing
17.March 2022

Denys and I had an amazing conversation. He demonstrates domain knowledge of management and quality control issues and concerns. Really happy to have come across this brilliant person.

24.February 2022

The session was very helpful and I liked that we dived straight into answering my questions. The dissection of the topic, analysis and providing feedback was great, especially with your advice being backed up by your experience. Thank you as well for recommending the books, I will order them soon.

9.February 2022

Thank you so much for your time, the session was a life saver, it helped shape the direction for my approach I am definitely now more confident in approaching the task.

You had really good insights into the task, and your advice on the length of the test documentation as well as the limited tests on the UI for optimal effectiveness was great. Thanks again.

24.January 2022

Was very helpful, Denys, thank you a lot!

30.May 2021

boards on trello, books, recommendations to move in one direction and how to achieve results

28.April 2021

Learned about contract test / unit tests / tools like pact and detox

18.February 2021

1) Got good suggestions and points about my CV for highlighting, 2) I should increase my know-how about the main topics and trend topics,

1.November 2020

1. Insights about microservices Contract Testing

2. Overall QA strategy in microservices environment

3. Quality cultivating culture

19.October 2020

There were much more than 3 learned points.

1. SonarQube. This is a free tool that can scan your code and provide reports regarding: unit test coverage, code smells, security vulnerabilities. I've already found a good tutorial and playing with this tool right now.

2. Principles that I have to learn to be a good automation test engineer:


- OOP,

- types of classes,

- programming design patterns and their realization for a programming language I'm using,

- Composition over Inheritance,

- DRY vs WeEnjoyTyping.

3. Denys has strongly recommended to read Leading Quality book to be able to build successful QA strategies and push (sell) my ideas to a higher management level. The book is already purchased and delivered. I'm finishing another book to start reading this new one.

5.October 2020

That Q&A is a really important step into a companies future, I have guidance for a management path and There are books for getting the help I was looking for.

27.July 2020

- Understanding of actual requirements and responsibilities for Automation QA Engineer in Munich

- Actual information about required technologies and methodologies for Automation QA

- Inspiration and motivation for achieving my goals

15.July 2020

1)KPI in IT, insight on german market hiring, relocation difficulties

Leading Quality - How Great Leaders Deliver High Quality Software and Accelerate Growth
Ronald Cummings - John, Owais Peer

What is the true meaning of quality? How can you influence positive attitudes towards quality within the workplace? Leading Quality teaches you how to influence and align your company's definition of quality, so that you can deliver the best possible experience to your clients. You will learn the techniques successful leaders use to make their strategic decisions and you will be given the tools to ensure that your team is in alignment to achieving common goals. Leading Quality is the first book that teaches why quality is important and how to incorporate it within the workspace. Praise for Leading Quality: "A quality mindset remains key to differentiating your product and your company. Leading Quality offers key lessons to develop this mindset." - Michael Lopp, author of Managing Humans and VP of Product Engineering at Slack "Leading Quality communicates just how important a focus on quality is within your company and is one of the few titles that actually teaches how to lead quality in a clear yet captivating manner." - Shesh Patel, Engineering Manager at The New York Times "Three elements define any successful product: quality, quality, and quality. Leading Quality is a comprehensive and practical guide to embedding quality into the DNA of any product organization." - Nick Caldwell, CPO at Looker and former VP of Engineering at Reddit

Building Microservices
Sam Newman

Distributed systems have become more fine-grained in the past 10 years, shifting from code-heavy monolithic applications to smaller, self-contained microservices. But developing these systems brings its own set of headaches. With lots of examples and practical advice, this book takes a holistic view of the topics that system architects and administrators must consider when building, managing, and evolving microservice architectures. Microservice technologies are moving quickly. Author Sam Newman provides you with a firm grounding in the concepts while diving into current solutions for modeling, integrating, testing, deploying, and monitoring your own autonomous services. You’ll follow a fictional company throughout the book to learn how building a microservice architecture affects a single domain. Discover how microservices allow you to align your system design with your organization’s goals Learn options for integrating a service with the rest of your system Take an incremental approach when splitting monolithic codebases Deploy individual microservices through continuous integration Examine the complexities of testing and monitoring distributed services Manage security with user-to-service and service-to-service models Understand the challenges of scaling microservice architectures

Monolith to Microservices - Evolutionary Patterns to Transform Your Monolith
Sam Newman

How do you detangle a monolithic system and migrate it to a microservice architecture? How do you do it while maintaining business-as-usual? As a companion to Sam Newman’s extremely popular Building Microservices, this new book details a proven method for transitioning an existing monolithic system to a microservice architecture. With many illustrative examples, insightful migration patterns, and a bevy of practical advice to transition your monolith enterprise into a microservice operation, this practical guide covers multiple scenarios and strategies for a successful migration, from initial planning all the way through application and database decomposition. You’ll learn several tried and tested patterns and techniques that you can use as you migrate your existing architecture. Ideal for organizations looking to transition to microservices, rather than rebuild Helps companies determine whether to migrate, when to migrate, and where to begin Addresses communication, integration, and the migration of legacy systems Discusses multiple migration patterns and where they apply Provides database migration examples, along with synchronization strategies Explores application decomposition, including several architectural refactoring patterns Delves into details of database decomposition, including the impact of breaking referential and transactional integrity, new failure modes, and more

The Manager's Path - A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
Camille Fournier

Managing people is difficult wherever you work. But in the tech industry, where management is also a technical discipline, the learning curve can be brutal--especially when there are few tools, texts, and frameworks to help you. In this practical guide, author Camille Fournier (tech lead turned CTO) takes you through each stage in the journey from engineer to technical manager. From mentoring interns to working with senior staff, you'll get actionable advice for approaching various obstacles in your path. This book is ideal whether you're a new manager, a mentor, or a more experienced leader looking for fresh advice. Pick up this book and learn how to become a better manager and leader in your organization. Begin by exploring what you expect from a manager Understand what it takes to be a good mentor, and a good tech lead Learn how to manage individual members while remaining focused on the entire team Understand how to manage yourself and avoid common pitfalls that challenge many leaders Manage multiple teams and learn how to manage managers Learn how to build and bootstrap a unifying culture in teams