As QASymphony’s business development representative, Rachel Kramer occupies a critical position with an industry leader in software testing and test management tools built with Agile clearly in mind. Recognized for her exceptional understanding of software development as well as her expertise in matters of business development, Ms. Kramer has overseen a wide range of operations at QASymphony and contributed to the creation of the company’s JIRA test management tool as well as other test management tools designed for Rally and VersionOne.
Throughout the entirety of her professional career, Ms. Kramer has espoused a philosophy promoting collaboration, education and accountability, thereby contributing to the exceptional company culture found at QASymphony. Team members attribute the increases in productivity to Ms. Kramer’s guidance, citing her highly effective motivational strategies along with her continued emphasis on the importance of collaboration among staff members whenever possible.
Ms. Kramer’s efforts have also been instrumental in a number of other critical areas at QASymphony, allowing the company to continue to provide clients with the exceptional software testing tools for which they are known. With the help of Ms. Kramer, QASymphony has been able to create a comprehensive testing platform capable of being utilized either on-premise or as a cloud-based platform while covering all testing methodologies. Through its intuitive visualization and ease of integration, QASymphony’s platform results in the elimination of manual reporting and is flexible for use across a full range of situations and circumstances.
For Ms. Kramer, who graduated from Emory University, the decision to remain in the Atlanta area with QASymphony was an easy one. With its rapidly growing tech sector, the city is still one of the “under-the-radar” metropolitan areas for business development, and Ms. Kramer’s familiarity with Atlanta certainly contributed to her decision. Ultimately, however, it was the opportunity to work with a company like QASymphony that proved to be the most critical factor in the decision-making process.
1. What was your best/favorite subject in school?
Any class that involved computers or programming was a breeze, but I also enjoyed the challenges of the foreign language courses I took.
2. What was your first job?
I worked several different jobs on campus at Emory, none of which were particularly memorable.
3. Where and how did you first get into the industry you currently work in?
I dedicated myself to developing a deep understanding of computer programming and business development so that I was more than qualified for my role with QASymphony.
4. How have those jobs prepared you for what you do now?
Being able to gain firsthand experience in any business is helpful, and my belief in the importance of a strong work ethic was solidified as a result of those first jobs.
5. Describe the best day of work you’ve ever had.
My first day was great, and every day of work since that first day has only gotten better and better.
6. How do you keep yourself motivated?
I see what our software platform is able to accomplish, and I have always felt that it is important to have a sense of pride in your work.
7. What kind of business ideas excite you most?
I’m a problem-solver, so I am excited by new ideas that solve a major problem.
8. Have you ever tried any unorthodox techniques to attract attention to your business?
We mostly attract attention through demonstrations of the platform or through word-of-mouth, so we have not had to try any unorthodox techniques thus far.
9. What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I’m proud that the work I do here is so critical and has such a positive impact on so many.
10. What wisdom you would have liked to share with yourself when you first started out?
I would just remind myself that nothing replaces a strong work ethic or a willingness to learn.