QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series – Aditya Garg

Our eleventh featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Aditya Garg.

AdityaGarg1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway this year?

I was intrigued by the conference name and the quality of the speakers. It has been sometime since I did not travel to USA as I completed my MBA from UMASS Lowell way back in 2000-2001. QA or the Highway gave me an opportunity to participate in this great gathering of testing evangelists and also visit a part of the USA I have not had a chance to travel earlier.

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

Few sessions that I am looking forward to are:

“The 30 Best, Free Testing Tools in 60 Minutes” by Jess Lancaster
“Test Automation in the “”Microservice”” Oriented Enterprise” by Shawn Wallace
“Integration testing is hard by Brahma Ghosh”

and almost all the other sessions.. tough to choose.

Rather I want to attend as many sessions as possible (lets see how many I manage 🙂 ) and also meet and interact with testing talent as much as possible.

Apart from this I have been part of a global non-profit body ATA ( and it is doing very well in establishing agile and agile testing awareness in most part of the India. I want to find out if there are folks interested in ATA and how can we include them in this global initiative.

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

• Be Vocal
• Take away any framework or code that any speaker brings along
• Elevate yourself to be the next generation leader in the testing area by meeting and learning from the excellent cross testing and technology topics

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

Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams by Lisa and Janet
Bad Software: What to Do When Software Fails by Cem Kaner

All blogs and articles by Mike Cohen, James Bach, Katrina Clokie, Rosie Sherry, Daniel Knott

5. What do you enjoy about the testing “field”/what keeps you in testing?

There is so much to do in testing specially applying latest technology in the area of testing.  There are opportunities everywhere. I have not had one dull moment due to the field open to newer thoughts and growth.

The community work that I am doing and taking testing to the grass root level is also something I really enjoy. I find great satisfaction in talking to all the fresh graduates from the college who have not been taught anything in testing and yet they do not want to pursue testing (some old bad perception specially in schools and colleges in India where everyone passing out of college wants to only become a developer). The best part is that within few hours of this small debate most of them start exploring testing and 99% of them choose to happily pursue testing.

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

• Ability to believe in yourself and confident about the defects/failures that you have discovered
• Ability to explore/grasp new functionality, tools, technology (being agile in thoughts and action)

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

Testing is the most fun place to be in (similar to a wine taster or beer master, it is the best place to have fun while working). It allows one to explore the latest in devices, technology and learn the latest business from an end to end perspective.

If we do test properly the life would be better. Every defect / failure we find or the risk we are able to cover enable us to feel satisfied that we have contributed for the betterment of the software/product. And let us not forget that this is the fastest growing area and there is lot of money to be made and for me it also allows to travel around the globe speaking about new things we contribute in the area of testing.

Aditya will be speaking on a session entitled “Big Data: Hadoop and MapReduce – new age tools for aid to testing and QA”.

You can find session information for Aditya or more information about QA or the Highway 2016 by going to the following links:

You can also find Aditya Garg on Twitter @adigindia

Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series:

Matt Heusser
Bhupesh Dahal  
Erik Davis
Karen Johnson
Pradeepa Narayanaswamy
Stan Jónsson
Matthew Eakin
Kelsey Shannahan
Joseph Beale
Jess Lancaster