GTR 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Rajini Padmanaban

I first met Aditya Garg while I was working on the QA or the Highway 2016 Speaker Series. After messaging back and forth on LinkedIn, he asked me to become a media partner for the Global Testing Retreat (GTR 2016) that he was helping to organize in Pune, India. As I read over the GTR web site, I liked the spirit behind the conference and couldn’t say no. Leading up to the conference, I will be featuring some of the speakers that will be participating at the event.

Rajini Padmanaban was the first respondent to my inquiry for speaker responses for GTR 2016 and today she is kicking off the “GTR 2016 – Speaker Series.”


1. What attracted you to speaking at GTR 2016 this year?

I met Aditya at STC 2015. His passion towards software testing, his drive to arranging an exciting event in Pune were the initial factors that drew me towards this. The overall organization including the Quizathons, leader board have all been coming together very well – I have spoken at several conferences nationally and internationally and GTR to me had the appeal of a focused test conference that is neither too small nor too big and hence the niche. I am looking forward to it.

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

Networking with the fraternity and learning from each other.

3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at GTR 2016?

We all belong to the same family – the testing/quality family. Shed inhibitions if any, reach out, connect, learn and share knowledge in all possible ways. Conferences such as GTR are a great platform to create a positive impact on our careers as well as our industry.

4. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc.) that have helped your grow as a testing professional? (all publications from SQE including StickyMinds, Better Software)
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5. What do you enjoy about the testing “field”/what keeps you in testing?

The creativity it brings out in an individual.

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

The ability to draw inferences from everything and everyone to relate to the product under test. Today’s testing world is not restricted to a set of defined requirements. Cues are all around us. We have to look for them and bring them into our quality scenarios. Such a tester is certainly one who will thrive.

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

Re-invent yourself. A tester’s role is drastically changing today. In some cases, it is being diluted too with developers taking on core testing tasks. This does not mean in any way that a tester will become extinct. However, now is the time for us to proactively re-invent ourselves specific to the market, domain and technology we work on to continue to showcase our value. This equally applies for the experienced as much as for the new testers. These are challenging times but the ones who can convert such challenges into opportunities will have created an edge for themselves.

Rajini will be speaking on “The New Gives and Takes in a Software Tester’s Role”.

Rajini is a contributing columnist for Techwell and StickyMinds.  Her writings are available at:

She is also a blogger at QA InfoTech at

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Global Testing Retreat (GTR) is a global QA and Testing Professional Conference (“UnConference”) featuring not only real world experience and thought leadership in the QA and Testing industry but a chance to participate in various testing, agile and sports competitions. Agile Testing Alliance is organizing this first of the kind global event in Pune, India. GTR wants all the testers to enjoy this 3 day event not only for learnings but to un-wind and have fun while participating in various events a truly one of a kind TESTING RETREAT.

GTR is brought to you by Agile Testing Alliance (ATA).

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