July 11, 2023

BlazeMeter Employee Spotlight: Shirley Levi

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We’re excited to introduce our talented and zealous senior product manager, Shirley Levi. Shirley has been at BlazeMeter since 2019. Before being the driving force behind BlazeMeter’s product, Shirley worked in QA and software development, and also managed the product at a number of other successful organizations. Shirley is passionate about her work and BlazeMeter, and is obsessed with the customer experience and ease of use.

Let’s get to know Shirley a bit more!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been in the tech industry for 15 years, 10 of them in Product. Before product management, I worked as a QA tester and software developer. My passion lies in design: I like interior design, software design, architecture, jewelry design, and any other kind. The way I see it, my job is to design elegant and user-friendly solutions for our customers.

I always prioritize simplicity over complexity. Less is more. One of my favorite examples is the first project I managed at BlazeMeter, the booting screen. To minimize information overload, while ensuring users still have all the info they need, we designed a two-mode screen, fit for users’ needs at any given time.

Mode 1: Short and simple

Less is more.Minimizing overload.

What do you do outside of work?

I like to travel and I like to learn new things. I get inspired by new domains I’m not familiar with. They fuel me with thoughts and insights that improve my work. So I actively seek out new learning opportunities.

For example, I took a class in mediation training. This class has helped me identify hidden meanings behind requests. So when a customer asks me for a certain button, for example, I can use what I learned to unveil their real need. Then, I can develop the best feature to answer that need. Sometimes it will be the button they requested, but sometimes it will be something entirely different.

What made you decide to work at BlazeMeter?

I was looking for a role that would make the best use of my strengths in a friendly and professional working culture. Luckily, I made the right choice!

What do you love about working at BlazeMeter?

I love the people I work with and I love learning from them. Everyone is very professional and highly knowledgeable in their domain. This is true for both my colleagues and my managers. I also enjoy working with teams all around the globe: Israel, Prague, the US, Latin America, and more!

What’s your favorite BlazeMeter feature?

That’s like asking who my favorite child is…

But the top ones I’m proud of are:

  • The booting screen (see above)
  • Advanced search
  • The baseline feature, which is an elegant implementation of the ability to compare test results to a predetermined baseline
  • Our Taurus integration, which enables running complicated processes very easily by leveraging Taurus and BlazeMeter functionalities. This supports user agility while keeping it simple (which, as you’ve learned, is my motto).

What advice would you give to someone who wants to run performance tests?

Invest in learning all the capabilities BlazeMeter offers. There’s an abundance of features that can make your life easier. So, if you find yourself with a new need you don’t know how to address, then:

  • First, search thoroughly through our documentation and University
  • If you can’t find a solution, you can always request a feature. Go to the in-app idea portal by clicking on “Feature Request” and add your request. Who knows, someone else may have already requested the same feature, in which case you can upvote it.
  • You can also request a feature by contacting us.

What words of wisdom would you give to someone who wants to enter the performance testing job market?

Use BlazeMeter, we’re the best. Seriously though, try out performance testing by leveraging the free tools that are out there, like BlazeMeter’s free tier.

Get started working with Shirley and all the other immensely talented BlazeMeter team members. 

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