September 26, 2017 § Leave a comment
I am in software industry for nearly 7 years now – and got various working experiences in from startups , medium size companies to multinational companies how they work and how they do business.
The most important thing I learned in these varied experiences – is everything is about People . The Better people (team) we have – the better communication , growth and business. All these companies looks very different from far – however very similar when we look inside.
Next important thing I learned is – I can learn various skills myself – and apply to my work. I started my job Software Tester , and at the end of 7 years I am now a Data Scientist. I learnt Testing, Technical writing, Marketing, Data Analytics, Operations, Finance, Machine Learning – learning and applying. Sometimes I also get rare opportunity to mix those things – for eg – in recent job I have – I am working as Data Scientist in Software testing . Hardly anyone in the world is doing it because of it’s specific niche.
Niche – one of important thing I look to learn any skills is what attracted me towards Topal.
I saw Toptal’s slogan about “Top 3% ” and got greatly interested. I can see they are targeting niche skills , at the same time also solving problems for users – Lot of fake profiles and job postings. I am looking forward for the application processes where I can start my freelancing journey and solve problems for customers using various skills I learnt in my career- especially joining R development group.
May 17, 2012 § 2 Comments
“Don’t talk about it.”
May 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
One real world problem I had experienced: Last interview I faced was bad because I couldn’t present to interviewer how much I know about job they are offering.
Let’s see why it occurred to me and perhaps, you.
The problem flows like in this way.
#4. Tactics, and
On execution level (in actual interview) if you doing not good, please go and check what are your tactics. May be I have read interview tactics from non sense job interview sites or those how-to-do books. [Honestly speaking, they were not written because to help you succeed, but because “big number” of frustrated candidates buy them all the time.]
Wrong tactics come from unfocused goal. Which one thing you really really want to achieve: getting more skilled at want more money or fame or perhaps you wish to add value to your community?
A better goal helps to work with better approach.
And now most important thing that very few heard of and work upon.
That the tipping point is about having right attitude. Towards organization, and yourself. A right attitude is hard to get, brings scarcity and value. You will say “Fuck Off” to the one asking you exact definition of testing.
Intentionally deciding, acting upon right attitude will help you to go with exact approach to face any interview.
[This is small post; I wrote it when sane tester asked me better approach of giving interviews. I am not very good at giving interviews, and trying to get better. There will be some more posts coming.]
April 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
When I was sixteen, I had a fever and vomitting problems which had lasted for over a month. Unfortunetly ,until theday before the surgery, no doctor had thought that there could be an infection in the brain , which was giving me a fever and sinus. It was a critical operation and the hospital had called in their best surgeons for the job. I could not attend most of my school year – 10th class, an important year in the academic career. The hospital discharged me just one month before the final exams.
Actually something interesting happened with me that day – the day of the operation. When my dad and mom left me with surgeons in operation room, I had no idea about things going on around me and I was semi-concious. A sexy nurse was ensuring that my blood pressure stayed normal and gave me an injection for the same. Slowly and steadily I fell into a deep sleep and I could not hear what was being discussed around me.
Though everyone in the room thought I was in sleeping, I really wasn’t. After a few minutes, there were some louder voices in as the room.After some moments I saw my Grandma (aabbu) by my side, then grandpa (I call him miri ke abba), mom , dad, and a few of my friends from school. Everyone was talking to me at the same time. And I could hear them so clearly even though the natural rules of audio mixing at same levels were not being followed. Everyone was saying that they need me in their life, and I had always been a good boy who never hurt anyone. I also saw a girl who I always kept looking at in the class. She was beautiful. Every good moment from childhood and school days was coming as a flashback to me in those moments.
After a few seconds, something went wrong and I couldn’t hear anything anymore.(As doctors said later to me) my heartbeats had stopped completely and the blood pressure had gone to zero. Riyaj (had) died.
But hey, I am alive today! as Apparently the doctors could after all save me with a series of shock treatments.
It’s been 7 years, but still I remember each and everything about that flashback moment. It was shocking, and changed my life completely. Even changed how I look towards my life.
You know what, there’s nothing after life. There never was.
I just wish that when I experience that flashback moment again , I want to see good people telling me that I brought some value to their world.
Business,career all are just a game. Actually we are all here to have a good time with people while we can!
April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
In most games, there are levels of gamers –from novice to expert. How can you name level of testers in your team?
You can have multiple levels at the same time. I can see there are twenty levels of testers.
Level one: “Which tool you are using in testing?”
Level two: “10 pass, 2 fail”
Level three: Hey I am certified, hurray!
Level four: humm, what is exploratory?
Level five: I don’t know, but there is something wrong in this module.
Level six: “10 fail, 3 pass “
Level seven: “I started blogging “
Level eight: Marketing guys are now taking your advice seriously.
Level nine: developers now understand what testability is.
Level ten: developers actually implemented testability in application code.
Level eleven: “humm, Exploratory seems an interesting concept. I liked it.”
Level twelve: your organization left “six sigma” things because of you
Level thirteen: “ Hey, you know I was doing exploratory testing all the time.”
Level fourteen: Don’t buy this tool. I have other good option for us.
Level fifth teen: Here’s my testing budget: 9 M, “WAIT, WHAT? IT’S TOO MUCH!!” okay here is another option, let’s go for 5 M “HEY, THAT SEEMS TOO LESS.” Okay, lets chose plan no 3 which is for 7 M.
Level sixteen: now your one liner bug report can change whole website overnight. (I did that once for Mahindra satyam :))
Level seventeen: Handled Mac first time, and game crashed.
Level eighteen: networked with thousands of testers around the globe
Level nineteen: leading tribe of likeminded testers all over the world
Level twenty: Re-inventing testing which move software industry forward.
Which levels you posses ?
April 3, 2012 § 7 Comments