QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

Our fifth featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Pradeepa Narayanaswamy.


1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway this year?

To be honest, it’s the name of the conference.. When the call for 2016 sessions were announced, I saw the conference name from one of my LinkedIn contacts and I thought– What a cool name, maybe I should submit a proposal☺

2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?

I look forward to connecting with new test enthusiasts. I am always interested in the hallway conversations and after session conversations. Attendees generally seem more relaxed in one on one or a small group setting to have deeper and more meaningful conversations.

3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway 2016?

You don’t need to connect with all the attendees at the conference. Have a goal connect with at least 5-10 new people and make sure you have a lasting connection with those people. Take initiative on sending in LinkedIn invites, form a small Community of Practice and commit to learning and sharing from each other on a regular basis. I have practiced this and I have found this the best way to maximize your learning and sharing long after the conference is over. This also creates powerful long lasting relationships.

4. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your grow as a testing professional?

Here are some of my favorite books:

Agile Testing by Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin- both the books
Specification by Example: Gojko Adzic
Explore It- Elizabeth Hendrickson
Lesson Learned from Software Testing- Cem Kaner
Exploratory Software Testing – James Whittaker
Blogs on BDD by Liz Keogh

Here are some of my favorite testers’ blogs worth checking out: Parimala Hariprasad Katrina Clokie Claire Moss

5. What do you enjoy about the testing “field”?

I cannot forget these slightly paraphrased words from Liz Keogh—“Testers are evil evil people; they use their evil geniuses for the greater goodness for the quality of the product”.  How true…

Testers have a unique opportunity to experiment on their curiosity in testing and exploring the applications. That’s Autonomy. They get to use their creative powers to do what machines cannot. They get better every day and that’s Mastery. They do it all with the Purpose of quality in mind. These factors drive testing enjoyable!!!

6. What do you think is the most important skill(s) software testers should have?

Curiosity, Creativity and Originality- never ever lose these qualities. IMHO, these skills differentiate a good tester from a great tester.

7. What advice would you give to new testers or to those looking to find their “testing spark” for reigniting their passion for testing?

Never stop learning!! Make that as a goal for this New Year and beyond. Commit to reading one blog/article per week and trying out that idea if that appeals to you. Go beyond reading just testing articles. Make sure you also find opportunities to share and practice the new idea. I have always found teaching others is an effective way to retain the newly gained knowledge. I am big on pairing between specialties. As a tester, find ways to pair up with other specialties in your organization. Last but not the least; I would love for you to attend my interactive and fun session at the conference to learn about the “Power of Pair Testing”.


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Pradeepa will be speaking on a session entitled “Power of Pair Testing”.

You can find Pradeepa’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:

Matt Heusser
Bhupesh Dahal 
Erik Davis
Karen Johnson

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