Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tribal QONF: Reason #2 to attend the conference

If you have not checked out my previous post -, please do.

For someone who is not aware of The Test Tribe community or The Tribal Qonf, I thought I will share a few pointers on why this is a must-attend event for any software tester.

In my last post, I highlighted the opening six speakers. In this post, I want to touch upon the next set of six speakers.

Mike Talks
I know Mike for close to a decade now and met him for the first time last year at Test Leadership Congress. I love his tweets and blog posts and his books too! When I was writing my book - 50+ mistakes of my software testing career, I had my first mindmap with all the mistakes. I shared it with Mike and within minutes, he gave me feedback on how I could make new sections and club a few mistakes. He is speaking at this conference. If you want to have a small bite of Mike's talk at Test Leadership Congress, check this link -

Aprajita Mathur
Aprajita at TLC 
I met her in the Test Leadership Congress (TLC) conference. Before that, I was in the same panel discussing Leadership. I felt she is someone who is bold, would say the truth at all times with a lot of attention to details and get things done. She is working with data to fight cancer. Beat that for real-world impact. 
You can listen to her TLC talk here - I am looking forward to her energetic talk once again in the Tribal Qonf conference panel discussion. 

Anand Bagmar
He has his own fan following. People consult him for his automation, mobile, analytics expertise. One thing I have always noticed is his smile when he greets people. It immediately makes the other person comfortable. He will be speaking on Testing and Automation Analytics. Looking forward to his talk. Do not miss his talk! 

Nishi Grover Garg
From a time when she applied to Miagi Do school of testing founded by Matt Heusser to giving talks all over the world, I would say Nishi has crossed many levels with ease in a short time. If you are active on social media, you would notice a talk at a conference or a blog post or an article published in one of the reputed websites or she would have finished training to eager participants. Ever busy, ever willing to share her knowledge, she deserves more and I am happy to see her present in Tribal Qonf. 

Santhosh Tuppad
Craziness is the new normal :)
What do I say about him? We have our birthdays in the same week and there are multiple moments where we exactly know what the other is thinking or about to tell. We have worked together for Test Maniac meetups and workshops and continue to collaborate even now. His talks always continue even after the time is up and no one complains. They just love him. I am sure some of you will buy the tickets just to listen to him and I am sure it will be worth it even this time as well.

Priyanka Halder
Again, I and Priyanka were in the same panel discussion at Test Leadership Congress and then we met at the conference. I have this habit of shifting tables every few hours and one such shift helped have a 15-20 mins discussion with her. Her weight loss journey and her speaking journey will motivate anyone!

After we discussed about the Decision Deck
If you are asking me, how to purchase tickets for this conference, this is the link:

I also have a small discount coupon for you - TTTQONF1 
and if you are buying more than three tickets and don't want to fill all details in the townscript form, contact me at ajay184f at gmail

See you at the conference and stay tuned for more reasons why one should attend TRIBAL QONF!

Leia Mais…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tribal Qonf: Reason #1 to attend the conference

I am so excited about the 2 days virtual conference organized by The Test Tribe community.
When I think about it, it is natural for me to be so excited considering Mahesh (Founder of The Test Tribe) and I discuss every other day on how to help testers and help them see the power of the existing testing community. 

For someone who is not aware of The Test Tribe community and The Tribal Qonf, I thought I will share few pointers on why this is a must-attend event for any software tester.

Speakers: One of the best lineups you will ever see! Check it out yourself.

James Bach

When I started my testing career, I wanted to be a testing expert and searched in Google - "How to be a testing expert". To my surprise, there was already a video - Becoming a Software Testing Expert by James Bach. That video played a very important role in how I started focusing on testing skills. I am in constant touch with him and learning with every interaction.

His website - will definitely satisfy your hunger for testing.
Heuristic Test Strategy Model is my favorite article. There are many more.

Heuristic Test Strategy Model

Ashok Thiruvengadam

From the time I got introduced to Shrini Kulkarni (, he always referred Ashok as a sharp thinker and his teacher. I attended the Hypothesis Based Testing workshop by Ashok. Shrini was right. Humility and Knowledge - I saw reside within the same person.

Also, his articles on testing give a different perspective on the same topic.
I loved this mind map by him

50+ most often abused terms

Michael Bolton

I first met Michael Bolton in his Rapid Software Testing for Managers workshop. I paid my one month's salary for 2 days workshop. And the rewards were mindblowing. The lessons from the workshop helped me with opportunity after opportunity.

His twitter bio reads:
"I solve testing problems that other people can't solve, and I teach people how they can do it too."
I agree with that statement. I remember one incident where I pinged him for his 30 minutes time as I was struggling with self-doubt and negativity. He listened patiently, gave me actionable ideas, and inspired me to kickstart my career again. 

Pradeep Soundararajan

The world loves him and his talks are always houseful. The first testing workshop I attended was his workshop and he introduced me to the Context-Driven school of software testing and thinking. He was the one who introduced me to James, Michael, Cem, and many other expert testers. In the first BWST (Bangalore Workshop on Software Testing) - a peer workshop, I met Shrini Kulkarni, Rahul Verma, Rahul Mirakhur, Manoj Nair, Santhosh Tuppad, Ravisuriya and other testers who were so passionate to share their stories. 

BWST1 Participants
His book - Buddha in Testing is a hit with many testers. 

Anna Royzman
I met her first in Agile Testing Days, Berlin and then in CAST. I used to ping her on Skype when I started leading teams and her advice helped me. She then invited me to Test Leadership Congress. I was amazed by the community feeling I felt during a conference and most of the participants are still in touch with each other. 

We both along with Praveen Daga are bringing the same conference to India with a small twist. Stay tuned :)

Rahul Verma

I would like to use my testimonial to describe him
Clear thinking, excellent articulation, thorough research, superb oratorical skills are some of the qualities one could learn from Rahul Verma. His blog posts, workshops and talks have been inspirational to many and I am one of them. He is a great role model for many testers. His usage of mind maps in workshops to demonstrate complex points and his efforts behind the hands-on exercises is commendable. Given a topic to learn, you could be sure that he would start from basics and move on to the most advanced. You can question him and he would not feel bad. He would listen to you and answer your questions to your satisfaction.

I have covered just 1/3rd of the speakers till now. 

If you are asking me, how to purchase tickets for this conference, this is the link:

I also have a small discount coupon for you - TTTQONF1 

and if you are buying more than three tickets and don't want to fill all details in the townscript form, contact me at ajay184f at gmail

See you at the conference and stay tuned for more reasons why one should attend TRIBAL QONF!

Leia Mais…

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Hidden Costs of Automation

Summary: While automation can help you save time and money in your testing activities, there are a few hidden costs that many teams overlook. Aspects that don't have a price tag initially—such as what it will take to learn, adopt, and maintain a new automation tool—will end up costing you in the long run. Think through these considerations and answer some questions before jumping into your automation initiative.

Most of us understand the advantages of automation in testing: Automation helps you run the checks faster, multiple times, and for a long time.
However, while automation can help you save time and money, there are a few hidden costs that many miss.

Maintenance costs
Even if you can offset the tool costs by opting for open-source or free tools like SeleniumTestProject, there are maintenance costs to be aware of. Look for tools that are up to date with changes such as browser versions and advancements in technology.

Automation projects are like marathons and need to be able to work continuously for a long time. Most of the time, any technological change demands a lot of rework, and the tool must accommodate that. There is hardly any project where the automation team wrote the scripts and they were never required again. 

However, I remember a project where the Ruby version was not upgraded after 2.4, as the scripts and framework would need a lot of rework to be compatible with the latest version, 2.7. Everyone was comfortable with the decision, even though they had to sacrifice a lot of newer capabilities.

There have been projects where every line of code worked as expected and a simple change, be it a different browser version or a flow change, broke the script beyond repair. Lack of testability and flexibility can delay progress. Be aware of such costs. 

Leia Mais…

Friday, January 3, 2020

2019 - The Lovely Year.

  • Exposed to multiple new domains: healthcare, foodtech and fintech
  • Handled 10+ projects for the first time, each with its own challenges and learning
  • Multiple training sessions, learning activities and initiatives at work. Qapitol QA topped the GTR Leaderboard

  • Speaker at TestCon (Clavent), TestAway Shimla (The Test Tribe), Test Automation Day (1.21GWS ), Global Testing Retreat (Agile Testing Alliance), Test Leadership Congress (Test Masters Academy). 10+ workshops.
  • Tricentis Exploratory Tester of the Year
  • 2 articles in Top Ten Articles in StickyMinds 2019

    Looking Forward To: 
  • Qapitol QA - Delivery at Scale
  • Indian Test Leadership Conference (Aug 2020)
  • SoftwareTestingUniversity
  • New opportunities in 2020

    Thankful To:
  • Family, Friends, Mentors and the Testing Community
  • QAPITOL QA for a brilliant and challenging, learning work environment
  • Community Support

Leia Mais…