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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.

 

CTS is India’s most favourite software testing company by software testers

30 Jul
Greetings from UNICOM Learning – Global professional conference organising company on emerging technology and processes (Big Data, Cloud, Internet of Things, UXUI, Quality, Agile, Next Gen Testing, Mobility, Social, DevOps, Next Gen Programming and Technology Leadership) across 10 lacs+ IT professionals, 5 continents and 10 countries.

Please join me in congratulating Cognizant Technologies for being voted as India’s most favourite Company in Software Testing. This position was earned by CTS thanks to the robust voting by 14000+ testers in India.

L&T Infotech and TCS bagged the 2nd and 3rd position respectively. More details on our website.

Selection Process

UNICOM Learning conducted India Testing League – #1 corporate contest on Software Testing. Based on round one of Indian Testing League that was held on June 17, 2014, where 3402 teams from 796 companies participated, we selected the top 50 organizations whose testers participated in ITL 2014 and made it to the semi-finals. This was the first time when employees of a company worked hard to get his/her company to the top.

With these Top 50 selected organizations we started a massive voting campaign to identify the most popular software organization in India in testing. 14000+ online votes were given in 13 days.

List of Top 50 companies in 2014 are :

Aditi Technologies Alcatel-Lucent India Limited Allstate Aricent
Attra Infotech Pvt Ltd Avaya India Pvt Ltd Barclays Technology Centre India Cognizant Technology Solutions (Winners)
3DPLM Software Solutions Limited Ericsson Globallogic HCL
Hexaware Technologies Ltd HP IBM iGATE Global Solutions
Impetus InfoTech (I),Pvt. Ltd InfoCepts Infosys InMage System
Intuit L&T Infotech Lexmark International (India)Pvt Ltd Magic Software Pvt Ltd
Mahindra Comviva Mindfire Solutions Mindtree Ltd Mphasis
Nagarro Software Nitor Infotech Pvt Ltd NTT Data INC Persistent Systems
Philips Quanticate International QUINNOX Safenet Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
Samsung Schneider Electric Scientech Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Solartis Technology Services Pvt. Ltd
SPAN Infotech India Pvt Ltd TCS Techizen Tech Mahindra
Thinksoft ThoughtWorks Vlogic lab WELLSFARGO
Winshuttle Wipro

 

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

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