Sunday, October 16, 2011

Release of my ebook: "What If..."

Today is a special day. It is my mother's birthday.
To celebrate the birthday, I released an ebook :)

About the book:

This ebook is a small collection of my experiences in software testing. In 2006, I started my career as an Associate QA Engineer. Straight after my college, I dived into this job with a lot of energy. The entire corporate world was new to me. I was not aware of the term ‘Software Testing’. After three weeks of training sessions, my first task was to execute the test cases. As you read these words, I have completed five official years of testing software. When I logged my first bug, I thought – ‘What if’ this bug was found after release? Years passed, many products were released, and I gained a lot of varied experiences.  

I made a few embarrassing mistakes too. There were few instances where I wished that someone had warned me beforehand. So, I started preparing a book of tips targeted at software testers. Special care has been taken to keep each of the 22 chapters short and to the point. Emphasis is on ready-to-use tips which would give you instant results. I do believe that there is no single best practice which would suit every context. Being a student of context driven testing community, I agree that there are good practices in context, but there are no best practices. This book is heavily influenced by my experiences with industry experts, reading books, testing software, talking to customers, end-users, support team, testers, programmers and their managers. Do let me know if you have a topic in mind which I have not covered. 

How to buy the book:
2. Buy the book. You may need to create an account [Less than a minute!]
3. Take a screenshot from the payment history page and email to I will immediately email you the book.

NOTE: Anyone with a valid credit card can buy this book even if you live outside India. accepts credit cards, debit cards, net banking.

How can I buy your books?
1. Please transfer INR 125 to the following bank account.

Account Details:
Account No: 00531610015960
Bank: HDFC Bank 
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If you are using Paypal, please transfer USD 2.5 to

2. Once I receive the money, I will email you the book.
Any questions, feel free to email me at

Do I get any discount?
Buy both books at INR 285 or USD 6.0
What this book is NOT:
This book is not THE book on software testing. If you want to know in detail about any topic, this is not the right book. In fact, I have recommended other books in my book. 

What do other testers say about this book?


I recommend Ajay’s e-book “What If’” for anyone who is new to software testing as it provides many valuable tips in how to approach testing situations from a tester’s real-life experience.  This e-book is also valuable to more experience testers who may learn about new tools and techniques such as mind-maps and alternative ways of sharpening testing skills such as competitions and weekend testing.  This e-book is not only packed with tips but also many useful links for further learning opportunities such as books, training                                                         courses, articles, and much more!
Bernice Niel Ruhland
Software Testing Manager for a privately owned software development company

Ajay writes I wished that someone had warned me beforehand. I can't agree more I wish someone gave me the book of tips about software testing on the beginning of my career or at least taught me to use "what if" question more often. If you aim at skills improvement in software testing and you want to find out the ways you can do this, I strongly recommend this book.
Aleksander Lipski

With this ebook Ajay helps the testing community with some great checklists in a FAQ-style. "What if" helps junior testers to get up to speed in testing more easy but it is also quite useful for experienced testers. In this short and to-the-point ebook, he covers some important topics for software testers who want to learn! A quick win is in there for everyone!
Huib Schoots


I wish I had this quick reference book when I first started testing. It would have saved me from a lot of growing pains. It is an easy read and a tremendous resource of useful information and tips that any testing professional can benefit from.
Elena Houser

At this moment, I need to thank a few people.
My special thanks to 

My parents, my sisters and my grandparents.
They make sure there is no disturbance to me. They take care of my needs, stay awake even when I return home late and save money for me to spend on improving my skills.

My friends.
I have learnt so much from each of the interactions with testers online. Thanks to each of my friends who have constantly exchanged ideas and helped me learn new things. Thanks to Eveline for patiently listening to me every time I talk. Special thanks to three friends - Narendra, Vinay and Praveen for being the '3 Idiots' in my life.

My office colleagues.
They have always helped me whenever I wanted to test a different software. It is a cool experience to test different software and thanks to my colleagues and managers who have always helped me.

My friends who reviewed my book.
From the moment I started writing the first chapter till the last moment, Shruti always encouraged me, constantly reviewed the book and provided the comments. She is a good friend of mine who does not hesitate to critique and help me.

Thanks to Miagi-Do school members who have spent their valuable time to review my book. Special thanks to Alek, Huib, Elena and Jeroen.

My sincere thanks to Satish from for listing my book and helping me launch in time for my mother's birthday.

Hope you like the book :)


Krishnaveni said...

Hi Ajay,

Congratulations on your first book.

All the Best & God Bless :-)


VinayKrishna said...

Hey Ajay,

Congrats and wish you all the BEST....

Tal E. said...

congrats, it looks great :)

Prasanna said...

Hi Ajay,

Do you know how long it takes for Jumadi to send me an email notification on order details?I've ordered online in the morning but haven't received any notification yet(afternoon as I'm typing). just little curious..

Ajay Balamurugadas said...

Sorry Prassana,
Please send a Screenshot of the payment accepted page and I will send you the book immediately. Sorry once again.

Prasanna said...

Not a Problem Ajay.

I've sent my order details to your gmail account. Have a look please.

Thanks for quick response.
Congrats on your first book.

All the best.


Namratha said...

Congratulations Ajay :)

kjdeepu10 said...

Hi Ajay,

Congratulations and all the best for your first ebook :)


Thejesh GN said...

Congrats and All the best.

Monirul Islam said...

What if I wouldn't read this book? I could miss prioritizing tasks better, saving testing time, catching different types of bugs, learning from the missing bugs and so many things.

Most importantly, this book contains some other external resource links which are must read for testers. Thanks.