In the Spotlight with…Farisha

Meet Farisha, Quality Assurance Analyst with the BSI PMO team



Siti Farisha Dina Shamaruddin, or affectionately known as Farisha is one of the latest addition to our colourful BSI family. Farisha brings with her a background in project management as she joined the Program Management Office team. An avid sportswoman, Farisha speaks passionately about the travelling she did, sports events she joined, all the while juggling between her job and responsibilities as a wife and mother! 


What is your role at BSI?


I am the Quality Assurance Analyst with the PMO team, responsible in coordinating and supporting the pre, during and post phase of the System Integration Testing (SIT) and User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for ATLAS.


I am also responsible in monitoring, tracking, and reporting test execution progress, defect progress and assure the quality of data for auditing purposes. 


What are 3 words to describe BSI?


Diversity – I feel that it is a privilege for me to work in BSI with so many people of different culture and backgrounds. There is a lot to learn from others and the fact that we come from all parts of the world, makes it a more interesting company to work in. Diversity and inclusiveness definitely bring an advantage as diverse opinions and perspectives promote high productivity.


Fast-paced – As a relatively new employee in BSI, I find that the working environment in this company is very fast-paced, as there are a lot of projects with critical decisions to be made on a regular basis.  It is a good opportunity and challenge for me to learn on the job as much as I can at a good tempo to ensure I deliver my tasks as efficiently and accurately as possible.


Teamwork – BSI / Amway really promote teamwork and I can see each team member is committed to their roles and responsibilities. During some of the critical testing phases, all team members are willing to work long hours when required, to ensure everything is delivered and executed according to plan. It amazes me to see everybody’s commitment to help each other to make sure we bring successful results to the projects.



What does a typical day look like for you?


A typical day for me is to start the day by checking my emails and calendar for meetings, then work on my tasks required for the day, depending on the phase of the project at the moment.

I also keep in touch with my manager, project consultant, project manager and global QA team from time to time to see if there are new or urgent items to be looked into for the day.


What are your best moments / accomplishments at work?


To be able to contribute to ATLAS during the whole pre, during and post testing phase and ensure that the whole testing period ran smoothly and successfully.


How do you try to work best with the affiliates/ABOs?


Keep good relationships with people I work with by maintaining a friendly approach to them, respect everyone and listen to their opinions. I believe it will create a friendlier and trusting environment amongst employees.


Do you have a nickname?


The name Farisha is sometimes shortened to Farish, Fisha, and a few more that my friends made up.


Best vacation you have been to?


I went to Dubai and Oman back in 2013. Oman is a beautiful country where its nature is almost untouched, like Wadi Bani Khaled, and we went sand dune bashing in Al-Wahiba desert. Dubai on the other hand, is an ultra-modern city with sophisticated buildings and landscapes, but also has awesome sand dunes, and I got to experience camel-riding and watch belly dancing show while enjoying the delectable Mediterranean food.


I also enjoyed all my race-cations – which means going on vacations while taking part in sporting events; you get to race while exploring the places!


One of the most memorable one was when I get to go to Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in 2015 and 2016 to take part in the BTS Ultra Marathon in Bromo, Indonesia. We stayed at one of the homestays near the Bromo National Park and did some sightseeing a few days before the race day. The mountain landscape is totally different from Malaysia’s tropical forest, as Indonesia has more volcanoes and craters. Running the trails also gave me a new experience with a magnificent view.



Another time I went to Mount Rinjani National Park in Lombok, Indonesia back in 2015. I took part in the 21k altitude run, which was running halfway up the mountain until the crater lake called Pelawangan Senaru, and then run back down to the finishing line. After the race, my husband and I, together with some of our friends did a recovery hike to the famous waterfalls nearby the area and enjoy a leisurely hike, before we end the journey and headed back to Lombok town.




What’s your favorite quote?


Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching – C.S Lewis


What do you do in your spare time/your hobby, etc.?


I love sports and outdoors, so apart from spending time with my family, I always find the time to work out. I participate in triathlons (swim, bike, run events) and trail runs/ hiking whenever possible. The toughest event for me was completing the Ironman 70.3 in Langkawi last year. It was a long-distance triathlon event that requires you to swim in the open sea for 1.9km, cycle for 90km and run 21km within the stipulated time. Apart from that, I enjoy scuba diving as well to relax and visit the underwater world.



What is your hidden talent?


I always have a passion in sports, maybe not up to professional standards, but as a full-time working mom/wife with limited training time, I try to perform the best I can in my races.


What is it that people in BSI don’t know about you, but you would like them to know?


I love psychological thriller novels and James Patterson is one of my favorite authors.