Rex Jones II – How I made the transition from Functional Testing to Automation - Part 1

26 Jan 2021
Rex Jones II – How I made the transition from Functional Testing to Automation - Part 1

Part 2 of this interview has been published, please click here to read more.

In this interview, Sastri Munsamy chats with Rex Jones II, an experienced Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer, trainer, YouTuber and Blogger in the US, about his journey in transitioning from being a Functional Tester to an Automation Engineer. Listen to the interview to hear more about the conversation, the challenges and what made Rex decide to make the change.

“My three biggest motivating factors for moving into Automation was curiosity, knowing that more companies were looking for engineers with automation skills and lastly fear. I was fearful of being left behind.”

- Rex Jones II, Experienced Software Quality Assurance Engineer, trainer, YouTuber and Blogger.

Watch it here:


Interview Highlights
  • When did you decide to make this transition?
  • Where does one start?
  • What were your motivating factors around this transition?
  • Why did you make this transition?
  • Talk us through the process from decision making to execution.
  • How did you decide what steps to take?
  • Who to take them with and why?
  • Where do you see this transition taking you in your future career?
  • What would you say are the main advantages of going through this transition
  • What were some of the challenges you experienced on this journey
  • How did you manage to overcome them?

Relevant Links:

The Inspired Testing Academy offers automation training for manual and functional testers as well as software developers wanting to consolidate their test automation skills.


Sastri Munsamy

Executive: Technology and Innovation for Inspired Testing

Sastri is a passionate and engaging mentor, educator and speaker with extensive experience of real-world testing and automation projects. He has worked in the consultancy industry for over 17 years. He has implemented test automation on various systems ranging from desktop, Web, SAP and mobile applications in multiple industries across the world, with an emphasis on defining an efficient and profitable automation strategy. As a mentor, Munsamy has hosted testing community meetups in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and has guest spoken at numerous industry events.


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