GTR 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Anand Bagmar

Our sixth featured speaker who will be at Global Testing Retreat 2016 is Anand Bagmar.


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

A couple of things really – the huge upside opportunity to learn from the community (attendees & speakers) while sharing my experiences with them and an opportunity to connect and network with the latest happenings in the testing world.

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

With over 40 talks over 2 days – an information / idea overload and an overflowing list of what I want to learn and experiment next!

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

You have spent a good amount of time and money to attend this conference. Make the most of this opportunity. Interact with as many people as possible, get different insights, understand different approaches / techniques. Do NOT come looking for solutions to your existing problems / challenges, instead look for different ideas to explore that may be your potential solutions.

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

The thought that the user getting frustrated because of my product not being usable / valuable or solving their use case is very depressing. There are so many ways we can make the software of good quality – if only we focus on the right things, at the right time. I believe, even after almost 19-20 years in the software industry, I still have a lot of contribute in this aspect, and more so, I still have a lot to learn and ideate to help make the software of better quality – that is my drive and my passion! That’s what keeps me going!

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

This is a big list. Here are things that come on top of my list:

  • Testing mindset
  • The ability to see the big picture and how to ensure the day to day work fits into that
  • For this, the Tester needs to be vigilant, observant, ask questions, make relevant assumptions and validate them as soon as possible
  • Understand risk and prioritization
  • Be technical (this could be as simple as understand software design & architecture, understand code and could go all the way to be able to contribute to automation & also development)

6. 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 have a passion for quality, then you will be able to find various opportunities to help build a quality product!

Anand Bagmar will be speaking on “Patterns of a good Test Automation Framework, Locators Data””

You can also find Anand at the following locations:

Twitter: @BagmarAnand


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).

You can find more information about GTR 2016 by going to the following links:


Previous speakers featured from the Global Testing Retreat 2016 – Speaker Series:

Rajini Padmanaban
Schalk Cronjé
Renu Rajani
Olaf Lewitz
Kalpna Gulati