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THE BEST CONFERENCE THAT I EVER ATTENDED IN MY SOFTWARE TESTING CAREER

05 Aug

How about starting this blog post with this as I cannot stop myself saying it. WCNGT by Unicom Learning was the best conference that I have attended so far. What do I mean by best? Well, that’s a great feeling inside my heart. Be it organizing committee or be it the participants, everyone were lovely. And not to forget that the food was insanely delicious. Usually, I always used to feel like “When will the conference end? / Let me get out of this and hang-out with friends or let me do something else”, but here it was very unique experience where my heart wanted to stick around with people. There was so much love shown by participants after my talk and before the talk. I made many friends.

Something that made my heart beat so fast with the happy tune was, many people shared their business cards with me and this was first time that I did not go to people proactively and shared my card and asking for one. That’s a heuristic for me that, my talk was loved literally by people. I met some great human-beings like Avinash from Sasken, Prasanth from KPMG, Natarajan from Chennai, Buddhini from Sri Lanka, Anand Bagmar from Thoughtworks, Aparajitha, Ashok T from Stag and many other people.

After the Day 1 Conference

I was sitting in the lobby of Le Meridien and there were few groups which came and talked to me. Some people said, we missed your talk and my instant response was, “No, you did not!” I made the lobby as stage and gave 1ish hour talk on Hacking and Life (That’s the beauty of my talk, I have mixed thoughts that come up during my technical talk. I see how I can relate certain things to life while that acts as motivation). I even spoke about my life as it is without having conditions apply, the only reason I share things about my life is, “It makes me feel lighter and may be it helps someone who was or is in same hard-ship”.

Now, let us rewind a bit. It was 10:30 AM and my talk was scheduled at 10:30 AM. When I entered, I was asked to hurry up and I said, I never like to hurry in my life. And then I heard, “You got to hurry and manage”, and my response was “I do not want to manage, I want to rock”. I was asked if my talk can be re-scheduled, I said “Why not? Please do”. People have always judged me and I am thankful to them that they spend their time on me thinking about me. Isn’t it lovely?

Now, is the time for my talk and I wanted to rock. Well, it did happen! My talk appeared to be motivating, inspirational, informative, enthusiastic, fun / humorous etc. This is not what I am telling, but the people who gave feedback. Here are some pictures that you can have a look at https://www.facebook.com/testinsane/posts/682938915121470

Now, let us forward a bit. I came home and I was so happy to have been at the conference; I logged into my Facebook account and I see so many friend requests and also some people had pinged me to convey that my talk was great / awesome / fun etc. Beautiful!

A trainee at Le Meridien appreciated by talk

Now, I was happy to see a message by a Trainee at Le Meridien who appreciated my talk. Here is the message by Mr. Mukesh Priya Darsan [No editing done, copied and pasted as it is].

“Hi sir I am Priya darsan… I am a Trainee in le Meridien bangalore.. I heared ur speech…. awesome bit funny too.. I was working and listening to your words… I was near by u putting water in the glass.. I think u dint knw… hope c u back sir…. #YouHackedMe”

During Day 2 Conference

The intention was only meeting people and also sharing by business cards as I call myself “I’m a BASTARD of Marketing”. I met some awesome people and had long conversations. Some people complimented for my talk which was on Day 1 and I was thankful to them as it bought smile on my face.

After the conference

Some more messages started landing in my inbox and there is this girl known by this name, and she is Monica A N Kumar [Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/monicaswathi?fref=ts] who wrote this post https://www.facebook.com/monicaswathi/posts/846303835389514

Here is goes, [No editing done]

“When I announced the next speaking session on the stage at ‪#‎WCNGT14‬ I noticed Santhosh Tuppad and honestly for a minute wondered “WHAAAT!! HIM? I MEAN SERIOUSLY!!” Being from technical background but not really liking it much i jus sat n listened to ds person on stage!! What a speaking session that was!! U jus conveyed the technical knowledge in a very non-technical way!! This s exactly how a Mentor shud be!! You proved tat a Mentor need nt necessarily be old or not necessarily look geeky…All tat matters is conveying the subject in an interesting way.. I oly wanted to listen more..U jus changed de definition of conference totally tat day to me…! I would definitely not think oderwise if given a chance to attend ur speaking session!! We want Mentors like U!! Thank you once again”

I just loved it and made me smile. At times motivation from other people is bonus for me however, I rely on self-motivation always. One of the beautiful thing about Monica A N Kumar is, she conveyed it while many people don’t like to do so thinking that, Why should I? What’s in it for me? When I speak good about people [Well, I only speak good and don’t like to speak bad], it gives me happiness. Sometimes, I find my motivation in motivating others.

Few words about conference

Sexy, Awesome, Lovely conference.
Organizing committee – Wow!
Participants – Lovely people. Never felt so good meeting people.

And hell yeah! I am going to make it to the future conferences for sure based on my priorities. WCNGT ROCKS! Thanks to Unicom Learning.

 

Highlights of WCNGT 2014

24 Jul
97 paid Delegates attended pre-conference workshops where we brought in choicest trainers from across the country to take 5 exquisite workshops held from Jul 14-16

352 paid Delegates attended our conference held on Jul 17-18 at Hotel Le Meridien. 257 attended day 1 only, 52 attended day 2 only, while 180 attended both the days.

This participation (97+352=429) is almost twice the attendance of similar conferences held by other testing groups in India.

4500+ Testers and QA Professionals from 7 countries and 500+ organizations participated in Indian Testing League, India’s #1 Corporate quiz on Software testing and QA. This event was run by WCNGT and KPMG. Testers from TCS won the coveted “India’s most intelligent Testers” prize and certificates.

CXO dinner meet on DevOps was organised where 8 CXOs from eminent organisation participated. This event was sponsored by Tech Mahindra and CAS Technologies

  • Our “Call for Paper” had 142 submissions from 78 testers.
  • Conference had 34 speakers.
  • WCNGT had multiple tracks – Test Leadership, Test process and management, Agile Testing, DevQAOps, Automation, Emerging Technologies and Innovation/Customer talk
  • KPMG conducted a Next Generation Testing survey to assess the current mood and progress of Testing companies in India. This survey was taken by over 90% of attendees at the conference on Day 1.

Delegate Profile:

  • Senior Management (Directors, CXOs, Head, Sr VP) : 18%
  • Middle Management (Sr Managers, Sr Test Architects, QA Lead, Test Managers): 36%
  • Testers and QA Executives : 26%
  • Sales, Marketing, Free Lance Consultants, Sponsors, Exhibitors : 20%

Industry represented:

  • Indian IT Services : 27%
  • Multi National IT Services : 15%
  • BFSI IT : 7%
  • Retail IT: 7%
  • Healthcare IT: 19%
  • Telecom IT: 9%
  • Manufacturing IT : 6%
  • Testing Product : 10%

Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: TCS, Tech Mahindra, CA Technologies

Knowledge Partner: KPMG

Bronze Sponsors: Testmile, Lastmile, Agile Testing Alliance, Test Insane.

WCNGT Conference Pics

Top 50 Software Testing Companies Pics

CXO Meet Pics

Future Plans in Software Testing:

[1] NGT Chicago will be held on Sep 18 in 2014. This event shall be co-located with Devops Summit on the same location.

[2] NGT Singapore on 30 Oct 2014

[3] Agile Testing Conference on Nov 7, 2014 in Bangalore

[4] India Testing Week

  • 08 Nov Sat – Chandigarh
  • 11 Nov Tue – Chennai

  • 12 Nov Wed – Delhi

  • 13 Nov Thu – Hyderabad
  • 14 Nov Fri – Mumbai

  • 15 Nov Sat – Pune/ Bhubaneswar

[5] 2015 events

  • NGT Sydney – Feb
  • NGT Malaysia – March
  • NGT Vietnam – April
  • NGT Australia – May
  • NGT San Francisco – June
  • NGT South Africa – June
  • NGT Switzerland – August
  • WCNGT Bangalore and Test Expo – July
  • NGT Chicago – Sep
  • NGT Brazil – Oct
  • NGT Singapore – Oct
  • NGT Beijing – Nov
  • NGT Tokya – Dec

Cheers,
Nitesh Naveen
Nitesh Naveen

Website: http://www.nextgentesting.org/bangalore/2014/World_Conference_Testing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/joinunicom
Twitter: @NGTConf

 

Research Today Can Become Trend Tomorrow – WCNGT Conference

24 Jul

I here take the pleasure to write the experience of my team attending WCNGT-World Conference Next Generation Testing Conference held at hotel Le Meridian on 17.7.2014 &18.7.2014. We are together around seven members who were attending conference for the first time. Very obviously we were very excited to know and see the conference as well. The presenters were among the best practitioners from around the globe, and many attendees travel thousands of miles specifically for this conference.

I think that was the day where we woke up early in the morning after long days. Just to be first for the conference and carry the work assigned. As discussed in the meeting previous day at office all were neatly dressed in Formals and were looking pretty good. It was a proud moment to say we are from UNICOM learning who has organized this event.

Next comes the work…! Yes as we were new to the conference as organizer, we were quite confused to start the work. Very obviously started troubling our seniors…! Gradually came to know what should be done. Conference organizers’ roles vary, but the work encompasses identifying potential business, researching, writing, planning and running all aspects of conferences on behalf of a client or own organization. As well as planning a conference in advance, they will usually be present during the event to deal with any issues as they arise.

The theme for WCNGT – World Conference Next Generation Testing 2014 is “Testing – Leadership, Process & Innovation, Emerging Technologies & Dev-QA-OPS”. The technology we work with changes at a rapid pace. Some testing practices stand the test of time; others become obsolete and irrelevant as the technology changes around them.

The first time coordinating the run was very challenging for us, but we have learned a lot of things along the way. From an event coordinator’s point-of-view, we had our ups and downs and some challenges during the first year. We obviously learned from our mistakes and put systems in place to improve the following conference. The team around us powered through everything and we managed to put in place a better charity run, all arranged on time. We got the word out by using various platforms, including social media – Twitter, Facebook, and Whats App.

What we learnt there was, Conference attendance is an important part of acculturation into the discipline, and one of the best ways to learn what people at other programs are doing and thinking about, one of the best ways to get out of the insular bubble that is your own program. Basically, that it is better to go see a good, smart speaker on a topic of only tangential interest than a bad speaker who is talking about exactly the thing you’re most interested in (in most cases). Making use of such a system of course also means that you check out the conference program ahead of time.

Workshops of WCNGT

Unlike many testing conferences, at WCNGT a third of each presentation is reserved for a “Panel Discuss” question-and-answer session, in which the delegates raise their new questions or questions related to the current panel discuss. With this format, delegates can satisfy their curiosity, raise doubts, and make presenters defend their positions. The conference also included a workshop where we can get hands-on and try out ideas we might have heard about, see how other testers test, and share our own experience. We’ll find testers hanging out in the hallways having in-depth discussions and challenging each other to demonstrate their testing skills. Everything about the environment is designed to support testers who want to excel at their craft.

Delegates Questioning Speakers

Next comes is our experience to take the interviews of Speakers It was pleasure to Interview some of the speakers on the topic they spoke and about future software testing and software testers. Got a chance to know more about testing and what future soft ware testers expect to serve them better by UNICOM with upcoming new topics.

We got a chance to meet Speakers like Mr.Diwakar Menon, Mr.Sharath Kumar, Mr. Santhosh Tuppad, Mr. Ranganath Naykar and few delegates who came from different organizations.

Few words of Mr.Diwakar Menon “Event is well organised, panel discussion was good, it was a mix of each of us bringing a new technology what skills need for the future and what kind of technology need to be implemented and also what skill testers need to improve and also I would to love to see academic research on testing -this can be a Research Today and it may become Trend Tomorrow”.

There were many instances we felt happy about! Dr.Shankar Ramamoorthy walked up to us and said you people are doing great coordination.The best most enjoyed part of the conference was listening to one of the speakers named Santosh Tuppad. He actually looked too young to probably speak and educate many software testers there. After announcing his session on stage he said “I don’t want to only present but I wanna Rock “! All that we were thinking was how could he present? Reason being he looked very young .And then he started speaking! It was so interactive and interesting we wanted to only listen more to what he had to convey!! He carried a very simple approach to convey what he wanted to; we also understood the technical things he explained non-technically! That was completely impressive and he did do what he said he just rocked!! WCNGT to us was an experience filled with Happiness, when spoke to Mr. Ranganath Naykar came to know about upcoming mobiles of Samsung and new medical equipments of Samsung, which sounds very interesting.

When spoke to delegates from different organisations, we got very good suggestions to improve our organisation and new topics what UNICOM should come up with.

The interesting part of the WCNGT was Indian Testing League – ITL finals. Though we didn’t understood most of the Question and Answers as well. But some answer we guessed was correct at that time we were at cloud nine…..

Final Participants of ITL

Winners of ITL

The exhibition was a great success, with exhibitors professing great satisfaction with their stand and all the support they received.

Authors,

Mangala Jyothi, Manjula & Monica