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Raquel M Carmena

Raquel discovered her profession when she was 12 years old, when playing with databases and DOS commands in the back office of a computer shop. She keeps as a treasure her notebook with a computer architecture and how data were stored in a diskette among other things.

She loves new challenges and finds it very difficult to choose a single favourite area in her profession. For the past 10 years Raquel has worked in different projects, with different technologies, and in different industries. She lives and breathes business and values from her software products, services and ideas.

Raquel is a constant apprentice who strives for common sense, pragmatism and simplicity, and also enjoys sharing her knowledge and learning from others.


99% code coverage - Do we have a good safety net to change this legacy code?

A long time ago, I met a development team which was working under big pressure by the quality team. Personally, I don’t like this kind of differences between development and quality teams, because it leads to development teams not feeling responsible for quality and to...

My first steps as an embedded software craftswoman

I participated in consultancy projects a few years ago, but they were the typical ones. We would visit a company for a few hours over several days, they gave us the information they thought was useful for us, we asked questions and more details and...

P3 Quality

What is software quality? Is it measurable? What should we focus on when we want to improve quality? It is still believed that quality in software is about automated functional tests. A manager worried about quality tends to contract external companies to automate functional tests....

Discovering Codurance during my first week as an apprentice

Respect Every morning, Sandro shakes hands with everyone when he arrives at the office. Everyday, everyone. I haven’t seen something similar in any company I’ve worked in and it’s an incredible example of respect and consideration. Transparency Everyone knows all about the economic situation of...