Sunday, December 2, 2018

Oct-Nov-Dec: Qapitol QA, API Testing, Workshop at Hyderabad & much more

The last few months have been fully packed with both professional and personal work. Right from a photo shoot of my son to learning about APIs in depth to interacting with testers at Qapitol and learning to play PUBG, it has been a memorable two months. Let me give a sneak preview of the activities I am involved in for the past few months.

Stickyminds

Stickyminds: 3 Methods for Better Communication and More Effective Testing
Successful delivery of software requires the entire team, so it’s imperative that everyone choose their words carefully so they convey what they really mean, are sensitive to others’ feelings, and consider all aspects of a problem. Here are three questions to remember when communicating about your software testing projects to ensure you’re considering the power of words.

Check out the article to know my thoughts on how communication plays a very important role in any project. It can make or break the project. 

Ministry of Testing

Ministry of Testing: 30 Days of API Testing
MOT announced a 30 days challenge on API testing. It piqued my interest and I started to learn from scratch on my own syllabus. I started with https://zapier.com/learn/apis/ and slowly moved to http://toolsqa.com/postman/api-testing-with-postman/. I am enjoying the journey and have plans to learn about API performance, API security (Troy Hunt's course on Pluralsight) and finally API automation using different tools. To challenge myself, I found a partner who is willing to learn and my task is to take a session every day on something I learned about APIs. By focusing on one topic - API testing, it also helps me not worry about the hundred things I want to learn.

Qapitol QA


We are looking for Software Test Engineer 2-4 years in following skill sets in REST API, API Automation, Core Java / Python, Web and Mobile Automation (Android & iOS ). We are growing and would love to work with smart folks in the industry. One can expect an environment of learning, freedom and an opportunity to work on the challenges in the testing industry.
Apply here: bit.ly/QQAishiring

PUBG

PUBG and testing - Multiple factors at play:
I got a phone with 128GB compared to the 16GB I had before. So, I started installing all the apps I wanted to and PUBG also found its way. I couldn't help realize the similarities between a test strategy and a winning strategy at PUBG. 

PUBG: A total of 100 players are in the same game.
Testing: There are so many quality criteria to focus on.

PUBG: The playing area is continuously shrinking.
Testing: The risks of time and money running out.

PUBG: Collect resources before attacking
Testing: No point jumping into test execution before you have the right resources (configuration, test data, tools)

PUBG: Use the compass to gauge the direction.
Testing: Use the right tools to get the best in testing.

MLDSDay

MLDS Day conducted by Agile Testing AllianceI attended the MLDS day conducted by Anand Vyas and organized by Agile Testing Alliance. It started with the difference between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning and how Data Science plays a role in everything. In the session, I used Evernote and made notes for two hours before I realised that I have lost more than half of my notes. I got back to pen and paper. 
Some links from my notes:

50+ Tools Workshop at Hyderabad

Organized by Verity Software, I am conducting a full day workshop at Hyderabad on different tools. 
Great engineers choose a tool based on the type of the problem. They have a strong arsenal of multiple tools and attack any problem with the right tool. Software testers are no different. They face multiple scenarios in their testing cycles and they need to keep their toolkit updated with multiple tools - be it open source, paid, browser add-ons, standalone, nifty scripts or a combination of tools. In this hands-on workshop, we will survey multiple tools spread across different domains and stages of testing cycle. Be ready to try some tools, test some, know some more and finally walk away with a strong and customized tool kit after the workshop


Let us learn more and in depth in Dec and finish the year on a high!

Leia Mais…

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September was fun with workshops, book and conference

Mobile Testing Workshop | The Test Tribe | Bangalore

September started with a full house workshop for The Test Tribe community on Mobile Testing. There were two mobile app developers also present in the audience. The audience seems to have liked the content and a few testers had never tested a mobile app. Thanks to Mahesh and team for organizing it from start to end and taking care of all the arrangements.

If you are interested in having this workshop conducted for your teams, feel free to email me at ajay184f@gmail.com

Testers worked on hands-on exercises from the mobile testing workbook. They were introduced to the mobile terminology, testing models, common bugs, techniques, and tours, tools and finally they tested a mobile app and reported the bugs.

Mobile testing workshop participants
Mobile Testing Workshop Participants

Accessibility Testing Workshop | ManuMantra | Bangalore

The next workshop was on Accessibility Testing with Jyothi Rangaiah and ManuMantra. It is a niche topic and participants were surprised at the complexity and significance of accessibility testing. Did you know that at least 15 million Indians are visually impaired?
Accessibility Testing Workshop Participants

Global Testing Retreat | Agile Testing Alliance | Pune

Then it was time for Global Testing Retreat at Pune organized by Agile Testing Alliance. It was a 6 track packed conference filled in a single day and multiple lab sessions. The diversity of topics was mind-boggling and one had a tough time picking which sessions to attend. There were two fun skits and a good panel discussion as well.
Posing a question to the panel
Posing a question to the panel

Book Release: 50+ mistakes of my software testing career | Leanpub | Online

My session was on "A dozen mistakes of my software testing career" which turned into a book - "50+ mistakes of my software testing career". I published at www.leanpub.com/50mistakes. This was a tough one for me and I feel at peace after publishing this book. I feel that I can start afresh, make different mistakes and learn more in my career.
My book on Leanpub
My book on Leanpub

Problem Solving workshop for the new Leaders/Managers
Agile Testing Alliance | Pune

I enjoyed conducting this workshop. There were two students who had pestered their professor for permission to attend the workshop. I am happy that they attended. They brought a very useful perspective to the whole workshop. I would love to conduct this workshop at future conferences and organizations by tailoring content to suit their problems.
Problem Solving Workshop Participants
Problem Solving Workshop Participants
And guess what?

Qapitol QA (www.qapitol.com) is hiring. Fill in your details if interested:
bit.ly/QQAishiring

It is October 2nd today. Let us see what October has in store for all of us!

Leia Mais…