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Interview of Swapnil Saurav Winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015

18 Mar

“When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world”- Says Swapnil Saurav, Manager- Value Engineering Team at JDA Software in Hyderabad and the Winner of Manager’s Olympiad Contest-2015

Swapnil Saurav was the winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015, an annual contest that is held every year and attended by thousands of Managers in India. After his success as a winner on 8th October,2015 among 980 participants,  we caught up with Swapnil and interviewed him to find out more about his process behind his winning the contest.  We also gained an insight on what influenced him and what advise he would give to the managers in India to be a part of Manager’s Olympiad Contest.

Winner Swapnil Saurav

Winner Swapnil Saurav

1. Did you need to prepare for the contest? If yes, how did you prepare?

A: Yes, I knew I will have to compete with best minds in India hence I prepared hard for the Olympiad. I looked at all the project management related topics on the internet. I had downloaded study material on my laptop and phone and I prepared hard for 2 weeks. I was preparing for my PMP hence the PMP training also helped me.

2. Imagine the moment when contest’s finals was starting and you were amongst the top 4 finalists. Were you intimidated by the competition?

Not really. I was happy to be in the semis and that in itself was satisfying and felt rewarded. When I met the other participants at the event and found them experienced and very knowledgeable, I knew I was in a great company. I didn’t even expect to clear the semifinals round and I was happy to make good friends at the event. And as they say, it just happened.

3. Please share the first thought when you realised that you have won Manager’s Olympiad.

It was totally an unbelievable feeling. Although optimistic, because I had prepared myself, it took me time to realize that I have won the Managers’ Olympiad. When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world.

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you will like to share?

I was very happy informing each one of them as they had supported and encouraged me all along. They congratulated me and were happy for me. One of my colleague joked that “now that you are the winner of Managers Olympiad, I will not argue with you in any discussion”. Though that never happened but it did help me to gain more respect in my team and gain more visibility in the company.

5. Quite a few managers wish to participate again in Manager’s Olympiad. Will they have to compete with you – winner of 2015? 🙂

Yes.. they have to beat me to win the title from me  😉

6. Please describe your experience of the day the contest was held?

It looked normal day till the results came in  J  When the results of round 1 was announced and I had to make a call whether to travel to Bangalore or not, I was wondering if it would be a worthwhile to travel to another city on a weekday. Keeping aside the winning part of the contest, the learning I got there was amazing. It was a busy day but a day well spent. They UNICOM team was simply amazing and they made sure that everything went smooth without any glitch.

7. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the participants? What do you think they should have had in breakfast to win?

I really don’t think there was big of a difference between me and the others. I think luck was on my side on that particular day. What to eat in the breakfast? No I am not letting out the secret  😉

8. Do you think companies should encourage their managers to participate at the prestigious Manager’s Olympiad 2016 due in April in Bangalore?

Off course yes. This event is one of its kind in India. The event provides an opportunity for managers to come a platform, discuss their challenges, share their  learning and best practices and learn about new technologies and methodologies.

9. Should cost of participation ne borne by individuals or by their companies?

It is a prestigious event and participation also includes access to the conference where experts discusses the problem faced in the industry. There is lot of opportunities for participants to learn. I think company should support their associates. My company supported me financially including my travel from Hyderabad and that was decided before I won the contest.

10. What message you have for those reading your interview and undecided about participating at the contest?

Just go for it. Its not about winning but about learning new things. We are so busy with our everyday work that we don’t get time to learn. Manager’s Olympiad provide a great opportunity to learn from experts, get to know the new stuffs and it provides a great opportunity for networking.

So what are you waiting for? If you would like to take part in this contest, don’t forget that our  Entries is now open!

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Interview 2 – Ramesh Ramanathan RunnerUp of India Quality League 2015

15 Mar

Ramesh Ramanathan – Quality Manager, Atos Excellence was the 1st runner’s up at India Quality League 2015, an annual contest that is held every year and attended by thousands of participants in India. After their success as a winner on 24th Febraury,2015 among 1020 participants,  we caught up with Ramesh Ramanathan, interviewed him to find out more about their process behind his winning the contest.  We also gained an insight on what influenced him and what advise he would give to the Participants in India to be a part of India Quality League 2016.

Ramesh Ramanathon

1. Did you need to prepare for the contest? If yes, how did you prepare?
– Yes, I did prepared. I read about Lean startup, Scrum Ban, quality area and related to new topics.

2. Imagine the moment when contest’s finals was starting and you were amongst the top 4 finalists. Were you intimidated by the competition?
– I could not believe selected for Top 4, Excited, still I knew challenges ahead, motivated to be a winner.

3. Please share the first thought when you realized that you have won India Quality League.
– Unbelievable, something which I have achieved in life. feeling proud of myself and being part of  “ATOS won Silver Medal.”

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you will like to share?
– All the organization members was proud of my achievement. It was displayed in organization corporate Site. We also got appreciations from Quality Head and CXOs.

5. Quite a few wish to participate again in India Quality League. Will they have to compete with you – winner of 2015? 🙂
– Actual test for Knowledge, strength and feel good.

6. Please describe your experience of the day the contest was held?
– Looking at participation numbers, tensed and surprised, professionally conducted and level of questions were amazed.

7. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the participants? What do you think they should have had in breakfast to win?
– To be seminal / final round need to focused concentrate, knowledge and experience.

8. Do you think companies should encourage to participate at the prestigious India Quality League 2016 due in March in Bangalore?
– Yes Organizations should encourage join India Quality League.

9. Should cost of participation be borne by individuals or by their companies?
–  It is policy of company to determine, it not bad idea to participate individuals if the company don’t sponsor. It is real test of knowledge.

10. What message you have for those reading your interview and undecided about participating at the contest?
– My message is  – it open up way of thinking in term of knowledge, great feeling , experience and knowing people and many more..

 So what are you waiting for? If you would like to take part in this contest, don’t forget that our  Entries is now open!

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Interview with the Winner of India Quality League 2015 – Mrinal Chatterjee and Dipan Lahiri

15 Mar

Mrinal Chatterjee and Dipan Lahiri – Pre Sales and Test Manager, TechMahindra was the winner at India Quality League 2015, an annual contest that is held every year and attended by thousands of participants in India. After their success as a winner on 24th Febraury,2015 among 1020 participants,  we caught up with Mrinal and Dipan, interviewed them to find out more about their process behind his winning the contest.  We also gained an insight on what influenced him and what advise he would give to the Participants in India to be a part of India Quality League 2016.

India Quality League 2015 - Winner

India Quality League 2015 – Winner

 

1. Did you need to prepare for the contest? If yes, how did you prepare?

Mrinal & Dipan:

The topics for the contest were already published, so it was a good heads-up for us. We surely did have to pull up our training references for some of the specific topics, for others it was very much our day to day working topics, so we were confident that would make through the initial rounds J

 

2. Imagine the moment when contest’s finals was starting and you were amongst the top 4 finalists. Were you intimidated by the competition?

Mrinal & Dipan:

When we made through the semis and were announced as finalists, we were initially thrilled and were determined to give it whatever it takes. Post-lunch, when we were actually seated sharing the podium with peers from some of the industry’s biggies, it was then we realized it’s not going to be easy J However, our team – The Dark Horses had the perfect mix as I (Mrinal) was aggressively optimistic and my partner – Dipan was compose and practical

 

3. Please share the first thought when you realized that you have won India Quality League.

Mrinal & Dipan:

Towards the final round, when we already knew that we were steering far ahead of our peers in points, I (Mrinal) remember texting back to my folks that we are winning it J however we waited with bated breath, restraining our excitement for the winner announcement. And when it was announced that Team – The Dark Horses from Tech Mahindra is the winner of the India Quality League, our joy knew no bound J

 

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you will like to share?

Mrinal & Dipan:

Surely, it was a prestigious win and achievement for us, as we had won the Gold for Tech Mahindra, against stiff competition from industry’s biggies. Back home (at TechM), we were flooded with kudos and appreciation mails; and it was something we had dreamt of. Our winning news was also captured in our pan-company corporate newsletter and it was indeed a cherish able moment for us.

 

5. Quite a few wish to participate again in India Quality League. Will they have to compete with you – winner of 2015? 🙂

Mrinal & Dipan:

Ah, we wouldn’t mind a chance to win it again 😉

 

6. Please describe your experience of the day the contest was held?

Mrinal & Dipan:

We had a highly professional and competitive experience at the UNICOM WBE Summit 2015. The UNICOM team showed perfect professionalism of conducting the contest efficiently amidst rightly placed speaker tracks. From contest participation to our opportunity of meeting and networking with industry peer groups, it was indeed a wonderful experience.

 

7. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the participants? What do you think they should have had in breakfast to win?

Mrinal & Dipan:

We believe it was 90% knowledge, 9% confidence and 1% luck, which resulted in our 100% Win.

 

8. Do you think companies should encourage to participate at the prestigious India Quality League 2016 due in March in Bangalore?

Mrinal & Dipan:

The IQL is a good forum to learn and represent one’s company. So both the employee and the employer stand a chance to win, be it knowledge or laurels.

 

9. Should cost of participation be borne by individuals or by their companies?

Mrinal & Dipan:

Since it’s a corporate event, it should be borne by the representing company.

 

10. What message you have for those reading your interview and undecided about participating at the contest?

Mrinal & Dipan:

We will recommend participating the IQL or any of UNICOM events, as you manage to pull off a great competition, by bring in industry leaders in the arena and a fair chance to win it all.

 

So what are you waiting for? If you would like to take part in this contest, don’t forget that our  Entries is now open!

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‘Internet of Things’ poised to change the face of connectivity

06 Nov

IoT Main Banner

“India Internet of Things Week”- 2014, with the theme “Link your World” powered by UNICOM Learning was recently organized in three major metro cities viz. Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The event also hosted the prestigious contest for startups – “IoT Tech 10” to identify select ten IoT startUps based in India. The contest was aimed to identify India’s most innovative and successful start-up company in the field of Internet of Things (IoT). EXILANT, INVENTROM, CARIQ, ALTIUX, TAGPLUG, EPSILONELECTRONICS, COOEY and INFOZECH were the 8 start-up companies that were selected and also grabbed the Certificate of Honour & Memento from the organizers and knowledge partners – IBM and Intel.

IoT week also identified and explored how the Internet of Things will re-shape interactions with the real and virtual world in the coming years. The 3 day conference brought together leading IoT companies, start-ups and the developer/ professional community to exchange their ideas with the practical application and utilization of Internet of Things under one roof. It also focused on the ways in which Machine-to-Machine technologies (M2M) and the Internet of the Things (IoT) can be utilized to vastly improve business processes, minimize risk, spur innovation, and drive revenue.

” The IoT conference was a necessity considering that it is a field that has a lot of futuristic potential. Thanks to Unicom for doing a fantastic job addressing the need of the software industry with conferences and events in such niche fields. It is always a pleasure to present at a Unicom conference and I look forward to more such events in future.” said Sujit Balan, Director Engineering from Globologic

According to the recent IoT policy in India, government aims to create an IoT industry of USD 15 billion by 2020 in India which will increase national device connectivity from the current 200 million to over 2.7 billion by that time. The number of internet-connected devices (12.5 billion) surpassed the number of human beings (7 billion) on the planet in 2011, and by 2020, Internet-connected devices are expected to be between 26 billion and 50 billion globally.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) may sound like a business buzzword, but in reality, it’s a real technological revolution that will impact everything we do. The main objective of our initiative was to stimulate and promote entrepreneurial drive in INDIA in the area of IoT and help new IoT Product Technology start-ups to emerge. This also included, extending support to the venture from the idea to the launching stage, promoting and rewarding the start-up projects and companies” said Nitesh Naveen, CEO, UNICOM Learning.

This event created a platform for potential start-ups to meet IoT experts to attend keynote presentation, participate in the interactive sessions and network with experienced Business and Technical practitioners from start-up companies involved in production/processing in the area of M2M and Internet of Things i.e. application providers, platform companies, and device manufacturers participated in the conference.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a gigantic wave of new possibility that is destined to change the face of technology and IoT is poised to give a whole new meaning to the adage “Work smarter, not harder” added Nitesh Naveen, CEO, UNICOM Learning.

Coverages in media-
APN News:

Link: http://www.apnnews.com/2014/11/04/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity/
Date: 04.11.2014
· Launch mantra:

Link: http://launchmantra.com/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity
Date: 04.11.2014
· Top News India:

Link: http://www.topnewsindia.com/2014/11/internet-of-things-poised-to-change.html
Date: 04.11.2014
· Surkhiyan:

Link http://surkhiyan.com/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity
Date: 04.11.2014

Web news wire:
Link: http://www.webnewswire.com/node/3622815
Date: 04.11.2014
· News Super-fast:

Link: http://newssuperfast.com/2014/11/04/internet-of-things-poised-to-change-the-face-of-connectivity
Date: 04.11.2014

 

IT biggies recognize India’s champions at UNICOM’s Technology Olympiad

01 Oct

winners_technology_olympiad

Bangalore : Over 500 companies from across India participated in the Tech-Olympiad organised by UNICOM Learning, a knowledge sharing forum in partnership with IBM in Bangalore. Companies like CISCO, SIEMENS, HP, KPMG, DELL, TITAN, GE HEALTH CARE and many more participated in the Olympiad and the selected teams represented their companies in the finals held on 25th of September at ‘The Atria’, Palace Road, Bangalore.

Mr. Sachin Malik and Nishant Pundir from Dronacharya College of Engineering, New Delhi emerged as the winner at the Students Technology Olympiad and grabbed the gold medal and also Mr. Harsh Kumar and Arun B from GE Healthcare Bangalore were announced as winners of the Technology Olympiad for Professionals.

Discussing the importance of such contests Mr. Nitesh Naveen, Co-Founder, Director & CEO of Unicom said, “Such events encourage and develop interest in emerging technologies among young professionals and provide excellent networking opportunities and encourage students for further education in the field of engineering and prepares them for future in science and technology.”

“With Unicom’s constant support, we aim to bring technology awareness to as many people as we can. Platforms like these are big opportunities for youngsters to get a recognition and stand out among the crowd” said Sugandha Shri Kanteshwaram, Program Director, Mobility & Emerging Technologies IBM. She also congratulated the winners on receiving the most prestigious and deserving award!!

The Students Technology Olympiad is an initiative taken by UNICOM with support from IBM in order to find India’s most knowledgeable student in the field of emerging technologies. 1000 colleges participated in the students Olympiad which aims to provide a global recognition to students and was supported by various technological institutes. The first round of the Olympiad was online Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based quiz followed by the finals. Each participating team had two members taking part in the tech- quiz. Some of the topics covered in the Technology Olympiads were Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud, Big Data, Programming, Testing and IoT.

Technology Olympiad for Professionals was another big contest that UNICOM India’s Biggest Conference Organizing Company organized backed by IBM to find India’s most knowledgeable professional in the field of Emerging Technologies. The winners were selected after three rounds of stringent selection process by the jury constituting of industry experts. The final day of the conference had multiple MNCs participating from all over India. Both the semi-finals and finals, were complete pen and paper based MCQ rounds.

Source: http://www.apnnews.com/2014/09/26/it-biggies-recognize-indias-champions-at-unicoms-technology-olympiad/

 

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

 

UX Design thinking Part 1

10 Apr
UX is like being a good friend UNICOM
– Nitesh Naveen, CEO, UNICOM Learning

UNICOM Learning has seen phenomenal growth since last few years and has emerged as one of the fastest growing Professional Conference Organizer (PCO) in global market, worth $25 bn as per a conservative estimate. We do lot of crazy things in a systematic way, one of which is our continuous improvement program. Here we seek advises from multiple stakeholders. We asked one of our past delegate who also happens to be CIO of a large bank, “What more can we do to do better?”

He suggested that UNICOM should provide better user experience on its website. CIOs usually answer in simple sentences, but this time it was complex for me. 🙂

“User Experience” was a new term to me and hence I could not really understand his suggestion. Later that week, I came across the work of Mr Donald Norman, a user experience architect, who coined the word user experience way back in 1995. He has written few books on the topic. As I had little intention to read the whole book then, I read its synopsis available on internet.

Then I realised that “User Experience” is not at all a technical term. It basically means how a user feels when meeting you, your company or when using your product or service.

Analogy – How a new employee feels when he joins a company? How a new bride feels when she moves into in-laws’ house post marriage? There can be many similar situations…which basically is what user experience all about.

Thus began our journey to revamp our website (www.unicomlearning.com; this gets 1000+ unique hits per day) to provide the best User Experience. As and when we started learning more about the subject, we were able to understand how difficult few experiences are for our customers, who visits our website. Our analytics team showed that we were not losing many customers because of this problem, but for me it was more than a business.

We would be designing a new website from this month and this is what we have suggested to our designers and developers, when explaining what is User Experience thinking? –

“User experience thinking is like being a good friend”

Won’t the new joinee or the new bride love to get a friend when they enter a new world?

In other words, our new design should not be over bearing; nor should it be neglectful. We have to basically use friendly tricks to provide the best user experience. These tricks are –

[1] Guide the users: We should not try to coach them. Unnecessary gyaan would make us look like a teacher rather than a friend. At the same time, we should not leave them hanging as well.

[2] Don’t confuse: Sometimes in our enthusiasm to win a customer, we confuse them by offering more than what is needed. It is something like when you visit an apparel store, you are handed a leaflet with details of all available clothings. I would think – “Do I like stupid where I need to be given so much information? Guess what I know what I need more than you buddy.”

Don’t make your users feel the same. Don’t frustrate them either with no information or help around when they need.

[3] Give feedback – Friends wants to know how they are doing. They like when you appreciate and love when you help. Basically they want you to be with them. In our context, a good ux design should let the user know (few examples)

3.1 that when they click a button, button’s color would change acknowledging the action tried.

3.2 that when they are downloading a brochure, they are made aware of the time left before they can see it

3.3 that when they are registering, they are aware that they are just 4 clicks away

[4] Be human – Users love when they know that they are talking to a person and not a machine. Hence a lot of focus should be given to the language, instruction sets, etc

[5] Set the users up for success – Nothing delights me when I see the following message after booking my air-ticket-

“Thanks. Your booking is successful. You have been sent a confirmation email and SMS. If you need to alter you plan, we would do it for you. Enjoy your flight and have a nice day”

After every milestone, we need to congratulate our users. They not only paid for it, but also spent their time and imagination in the experience that you provided.

We are also currently looking at the following top 5 trends in UX design for our new website.

– Skeumorphic Design Vs Flat design

– Multi Device Design

– Scalable web design

– Visual storytelling

– Typography

UX/UI DesignUNICOM

We shall be using India UXUI design summit to learn more about these trends.

http://www.uxuidesign.org/bangalore/program

See you at the event on May 23 at Hotel Atria


I am open for suggestions.

Cheers,
Nitesh Naveen
Nitesh Naveen

Twitter: @NiteshNaveen
Skype: Naveen_Nitesh