Our third featured speaker who will be at Global Testing Retreat 2016 is Renu Rajani.
1. What attracted you to speaking at GTR 2016 this year?
I have been part of ATA global gatherings for the last 2 years and found immense content leadership, networking value and learning from community. I don’t go for an hours flying visit, but stay the whole day and interact actively to add to my knowledge base and further shape my ideas. As a member of ATA advisory board and as part of organizing committee of #ATAGTR2016, I have been actively involved in evaluation of technical presentation proposals. This is very important activity to ensure we get focused participants, bring the best speakers and ensure current content to make this event relevant now and in future.
I have been deeply involved in Capgemini’s Digital and DevOps QA offers and I want to share as well as validate my thought leadership on these topics during this event.
2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?
Digital transformation has accelerated and challenges in testing are around delivering more releases successfully in less time. This means practice of DevOps and Continuous Integration, more automation around mobile, channels, devices testing and ensuring all aspects such as functionality, performance, security, usability, and accessibility are covered to reduce the failure in production. Most of the selected papers in this event are very current, have relevant technical and tools content around these topics. I am looking forward to not only speaking but learning from wealth of speakers during this conference.
3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at GTR 2016?
Come with your dedicated and focused 2 days, learn from and network with speakers, and contribute to the body of knowledge. ATA is coming up with Agile testing manifesto and active participation of all interested community is very important. Be active in ATA community, submit papers now as well as in future events. We have brought in a lot of focus from organizing perspective for you to get the best out of this event.
4. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your grow as a testing professional?
I have worked with global organizations which have been known to be the best in testing field. While at IBM, I brought in the best practices from IBM’s product development world into testing services and contributed to the global test community and growth of testing business for IBM. While at Capgemini, I am an empanelled SME on managed services topic, blog actively and well connected to Capgemini’s over 50 global thought leaders in testing, as well as follow content from nearly 1500 active experts across technology areas. I regularly follow “hot from the press” section of klout.com. I am very active on Capgemini’s expert connect https://www.capgemini.com/expert-connect
My own Capgeminiblog page accessible to public is
5. What do you enjoy about the testing “field”/what keeps you in testing?
Testing & QA profession leverages the best of individuals’ multi-faceted – business, technical, process, soft skills, domain and industry skills. Digital transformation has more so reaffirmed the need for QA. The cost of failure in the digital world is prohibitive and organizations work hard to protect corporate image.
I feel proud to belong to this profession for the assurance it offers to our clients to run their business smoothly. I have authored a book on software testing in 2004 which happened to be one of the first in Indian industry and it fetched me a “Testing Thought Leadership award” in 2008. My passion for this field has not gone unnoticed. In 2015, I was awarded Testing Leader of the year award.
6. What do you think is the most important skill(s) software testers should have?
QA discipline has evolved so much over last 2 decades, and this community has adapted itself to the rapidly changing needs of software industry. While specific technical skills may have changed over a period, in my view there are 4 broad set of skills that make testing professional successful.
These key skills are (i) Ability to think creatively and analytically to carry out required tests in optimum time and reduce the risk to business (ii) Technical skills to automate and speed the tests (iii) passion and leadership skills to champion cause of quality (iv) Collaborative and Soft skills to work across disciplines and stakeholders – analysts, development, maintenance etc.
7. What advice would you give to new testers or to those looking to find their “testing spark” for reigniting their passion for testing?
Today, software testing is one of the largest and fast growing business as well as fast growing communities in the IT world.Size of testing market as of year 2014 has been estimated at 40 Billion US dollar. As per Capgemini 2015 World Quality Report, Software Testing effort currently is estimated to be 35% of Software lifecycle. Growth in Digital initiatives has further increased the need for enhanced testing and quality assurance of products and applications.
There was a time we had to convince people to enter and stay in testing. That’s not the case anymore. QA is a very rewarding career and if you have the interests and skills I mentioned in (5) and (6) above, you would thrive in this career. My advice would be (i) Have determination that you would stay and thrive in this profession come what may. (ii) Bring focus and value to the QA discipline, prove its value and your worth by carrying out the right tests smartly with less efforts (iii) Have some patience, there may be periods where others might make you think that QA may be a thankless job, when that happens, think of my advice in (i) and (ii).
I want to add a line about women testers. Women seems to have done very well – my stints as leader for large QA organizations have seen 50% women at entry level and overall 40% women strength. There is a case for more women in testing leadership and I am personally championing this cause at various testing forums.
Renu Rajani will be speaking during a panel discussion – “Featured Session: Women’s Testing Leadership Café”
Renu Rajani is Vice President with Capgemini India and leads Sales for Testing Global Service Line. She is on advisory committee of ATA (Agile Testing Alliance) and on organizing committee of ATA –Global testing Retreat(#ATAGTR2016).
You can find her online at:
My Capgemini Expert Connect/ Blog page – https://www.capgemini.com/experts/testing/renu-rajani
LinkedIN – https://in.linkedin.com/in/renurajani
Twitter – @rerajani
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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