Our second featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Bhupesh Dahal.
1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway this year?
We don’t have many QA focused conferences here in Columbus. So as a QA professional, it’s a great opportunity for me to learn more about technologies, tools, techniques etc. that other companies are using. It’s good to know other organizations’ success and failure stories so as to not have to reinvent the wheel and learn from other professional’s experiences.
2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?
I hope to network with like minded people. I also wish to learn more about QA industry and its future perspective in the global scale. It gives me an opportunity to learn about how the QA industry is changing and evolving with the changing technologies.
3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway 2016?
To familiarize themselves with the QA vocabulary. I have come to realize that in today’s Google assisted workforce, knowing what you are looking for is more important than the nitty gritty implementation details. Knowing specific terms also helps reduce information overload from search engines. Example: If you know the terms, you can easily search for detailed guides or tutorials by just using something like “specflow set up” or “gherkin for .net “. If you do not know the terms, it can cost you hours of researching..
4. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped you grow as a testing professional?
I often watch videos on channel9 and mva (links below). Besides that, I read articles published in different groups on LinkedIn. I also follow blogs listed below and have recently started taking classes on Coursera.org.
5. What do you enjoy about the testing “field”/what keeps you in testing?
Thrill of finding bugs keeps me engaged. Besides that, Test Automation never gets boring as you get to use and interact with so many different types of products and tools, so it’s always challenging.
6. What do you think is the most important skill(s) software testers should have?
They should have the desire to breaks things and should always be eager to learn. They should be someone who does not hesitate to step out of the comfort zone.
7. What advice would you give to new testers or to those looking to find their “testing spark” for reigniting their passion for testing?
If you ever find yourself being stagnant, or feel like you have been repeating the same task so many times that you feel bored out of mind – choose a new branch of testing you want to move into and start learning! Automation, performance testing, security testing, service testing, ETL testing etc. is a great way to continuously keep yourself updated about the recent industry updates. Most organization have all of these types of testing, so implementing these skills or inter-departmental transfer are not that hard.
Bhupesh will be speaking on the topic of “Automation Architecture – One that works!”.
You can find Bhupesh’s session information or more information about QA or the Highway 2016 by going to the following links:
Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series: