Better Late Than Never – My Experience at QA or the Highway 2016 – Columbus

Every once in awhile, I have writings that get stuck in a draft format that remain unpublished for far too long.  While QA or the Highway 2017 is less than three weeks away, I thought I would share the raw notes that I took for QA or the Highway 2016.

The conference in 2016 was great and I look forward to this year’s event.  There are a lot of good speakers and subjects lined up and if you haven’t gotten tickets for the 2017 conference yet, I suggest that you do so right away.  Over the next few weeks, I will also be writing some short blog posts spotlighting some of the speakers who will be at QA or the Highway 2017.

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QA or the Highway 2016 Recap

Date – February 16, 2016
Location – Columbus State Community College – Columbus, Ohio

Personal Reflections
This was the third conference that I was able to attend with my wife, Mindy.  What better way to spend a conference than a date with your best friend?

It was an excellent day of learning.  The conference was well put together.  The speakers were dynamic and provided excellent content for the sessions that I attended.  I thank all of the individuals and vendors who made this event possible. I am already looking forward to the conference next year.

And now, to the recap.

GTR 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Mukesh Jain

Our seventh featured speaker who will be at Global Testing Retreat 2016 is Mukesh Jain.

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

GTR appears to be an grand event with participants from across the globe focused on testing community – to make things better. So, I decided to share my knowledge for betterment of the testing community and do my part of sharing knowledge.

GTR 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Anand Bagmar

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

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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.

GTR 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Kalpna Gulati

Our fifth featured speaker who will be at Global Testing Retreat 2016 is Kalpna Gulati.

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

I had heard of this event and found it a good  place where in the focus of events is in testing and innovative ideas. Through this event we can convey all the modern ways of moving the tech industry to innovative thinking and processes.

GTR 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Renu Rajani

Our third featured speaker who will be at Global Testing Retreat 2016 is Renu Rajani.

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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.

GTR 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Schalk Cronjé

Our second featured speaker who will be at Global Testing Retreat 2016 is Schalk Cronjé.

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

I am one of the initiators of this conference. We have discussed this idea for a long time and along with my friends from QAAgility, this has been realised. I am very excited to play my part in the very active Indian tech industry.

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.”

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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.

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.