Saturday, November 19, 2016

Call for Speakers for two of my favorite conferences in India

Agile Testing Days Asia
Global Testing Retreat

I love both these conferences for the learning, networking opportunities and the people behind these events. They genuinely see these events as an opportunity to help the community and not as a money making opportunity.

Does that mean they provide free tickets?
No, running a conference is not easy. They don't get things for free. So, it is obvious that they use the registration charges to offset the expenses. 

Why do I recommend these two conferences:
  • Respect for individual over designation
    You might be the least experienced in the room but if you have a great idea, it is appreciated and recognized in public without any partiality.
  • Stick to timelinesBefore, during and after the event, if they promise something, they deliver on time.
  • Honest and transparent
    If they say there are 10 registrations, you know that there are 10 +/- 1 registrations. It is not 2 or 20. If there are any goof-ups due to any factors, they openly admit it and give YOU the options to choose instead of forcing an option(read decision) on you.
  • Hard working and humble
    I have learned a lot on how to run a conference smoothly just by observing these two conference committees from close quarters. They don't brag about the effort and the sincerity behind the hard work shows in the success of these events.
  • Good at heart
    I remembered the quote:

    “Remember, people will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.” - Maya Angelou

    These folks are not just good by intentions but their actions are also praiseworthy.
    So, my dear friends - Open the notepad/mind map/notebook and get ready to submit for these conferences. 

    Deadlines to remember:
    Agile Testing Days Asia: December 16, 2016
    http://agiletestingdays.asia/call-for-speakers/

    Global Testing Retreat: February 01, 2017
    https://www.papercall.io/atagtr2017  

Have they paid me to write this? Yes, they have paid me in love, affection and touched my heart. They have my full support.

See you in these conferences. If my paper does not get selected, I will pay the fees and attend :) Anyways, we will meet!

Follow them on twitter: @stepin_forum and @TestingRetreat

Leia Mais…

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Aug-Oct: Bugathon, Bug-A-Sur, Workshops, Courses and Conferences

This post is an update of what kept me busy for the last two months. More for me as a log file :) Do read on if it interests you.

It started with BugATAhon contest conducted by Agile Testing Alliance at Compassites Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd at Bangalore on August 6th, 2016.

BugATAhon Winners (Bangalore)
Previous experience with Zappers contests and Weekend Testing time boxed sessions seems to have helped me win the contest :) This was the first time I and Sundar were in different teams since we got to know each other in 2012.

After BugATAhon, it was time for Mobile Testing and Mobile Security Testing workshop at ET Marlabs, Bangalore. I loved the energy of the group and how quickly Surbhi organized the whole workshop. Everything about the workshop right from the first email to final payment was finalized in a week's time. 
The Team at ET Marlabs, Bangalore
It was time for Mobile Testing workshop at Test Maniac on Aug 13.
Mobile Testing - Test Maniac (Bangalore)
Then Sep, I went to Noida to conduct Android Security Testing and API Testing workshop for Times Internet. This was the first time I conducted workshop on Android Security Testing. The practice with Test Manic testers helped to a great extent. I also thank my new friend who taught me the basics of Android Security Testing. 

Times Internet Team, Noida
This was followed by Exploratory Testing workshop at OpenText in Sep.
The Team at OpenText, Bangalore 
Then, I presented in Agile Testing and Test Automation Summit on the topic - "Automation in Testing". How could we incorporate automation in testing is the main theme of the talk.  
This was on Oct 21 and Oct 22, I and Sundar formed a team to participate in Bug-a-sur conducted by Venturesity.

And we won again. Santhosh Tuppad and Pranav K S also won some cool prizes. What made me even more happy was that the same team from ET Marlabs also won a prize in the contest.

Bug-A-Sur - Venturesity (Bangalore)
Each event can be a blog post on its own but due to the time constraints and other priorities, I am stopping here. I have not mentioned about the STWC judging (completed), Machine Learning course (in progress), Sahi Pro Meetup (completed) and LinkedIn Learning course which I plan to enroll before Oct 30th to take advantage of the free courses they are offering.

Till next time, happy testing. 

Leia Mais…