That's all folks!

Sunday, October 12, 2014 14:42 PM

I have decided to end this blog. There is no emotion or event behind this decision. I have to move on and I am moving on. I have had a great time writing for myself and to you through this blog. I am not bringing it down so whatever I have posted will stay. I am not adding anything more here either.      That's all folks!

A question on exploratory testing from Quora

Sunday, June 29, 2014 13:59 PM

How exploratory testing differs with other testing? What is the common problems faced by a tester when performing exploratory testing? ....  And my answer: You can cook pizza by following instructions or trying it out on your own. When you try it out on your own, you learn a lot more than merely following instructions. You don't get pizza a couple of times but once you get it, you would have

Misfits of the software world

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 05:58 AM

I just turned in notice rather than watch the exploratory test job I love turn into writing test cases to reassure PMs that things "work." — Natalie Bennett (@bennett_nj) May 6, 2014 Natalie isn't just talking about exploratory testing, she is talking about value. However, the value she is talking and what the PMs want seem to be different. I know there are people like her across the globe.

PerScholas, Keith Klain, Doran Jones and how this industry is changing

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 00:29 AM

I hadn't heard about PerScholas till 2013. I guess Keith Klain introduced PerScholas to the testing world through his leadership activities during his awesome stint in Barclays. The idea was definitely exciting but it needed more than an idea. Every idea needs awesome people to execute.  I don't exactly know how Keith Klain found Doran Jones Inc to join as its COO but it was the best thing to

Bangalore Workshop on Software Testing - 4

Sunday, April 27, 2014 17:17 PM

The BWST is back. There was a gap of 3 years after BWST 3 to get to 4. All because I was doing things that took my time away from community activities to build Moolya. Moolya and I are doing great enough for me to resume my community activities. So, as BWST is back so is Pradeep back to the Indian software testing community activities. I am not an easy guy. I have never been one. I have grown

All testing done should be...

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:29 AM

All testing done should be... Risk based : Caring to not  lose users, money, name, market share, brand value, customers, people Business driven : Focused on goals that business wants to achieve With care for users : really caring for them and not masturbating about caring for them To improve sales :  focusing on conversion, funnel, lesser cost per customer acquisition To increase

Fake Agile - Test Consultant

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 23:56 PM

I call myself a Fake Agile - Test Consultant. All consulting I have done in the space of Agile never exposed to me what some people over the internet seem to be talking about. When I first read the Agile Manifesto I was excited. It sounded a lot like Context Driven Testing to me. I was hoping that tons of problems I faced in my career with poor software engineering practices would go away and

Pregnancy Analogies - Part 2

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 23:07 PM

We look at test case pass and fail to make shipping decisions There are pregnancy tests whose results turn out to be false positives and false negatives. In the pregnancy context, it would be very disappointing if the result is false positive or false negative, especially if the expected was an opposite. In India, I have seen and heard women who cry out of pain when the result turns negative

A test passes or fails through what?

Friday, January 17, 2014 02:57 AM

pass1 pɑːs/ verb 1. move or cause to move in a specified direction. "he passed through towns and villages" synonyms:go, proceed, move, progress, make one's way, travel, drive, fly; More 2. go past or across; leave behind or on one side in proceeding. "on the way to the station she passed a cinema"

Pregnancy Analogies - Part 1

Monday, January 13, 2014 17:20 PM

Everybody is pregnant with ideas all the time. Women are gifted with a capability to be pregnant beyond ideas. In 2010, I had the divine opportunity to learn about pregnancy through my wife who was carrying our first child. I couldn't stop my mind from co-relating pregnancy to testing software. I have been trying to crystallize my ideas for a long time (our child is more than two and half

2013 - the year of change

Saturday, January 04, 2014 11:58 AM

Happy New Year! For a very long time, I couldn't blog here (or anywhere). This has been the longest gap I have had in my blogging life. I thought I would not get back to this blog but thanks to Jokin Aspiazu, Mauri Edo, Issi Hassan and my fellow Hindustanis, Rahul Gupta and Sharath Byregowda to re-inspire me to blog. 2013 was THE YEAR OF MY LIFE so far. It made me change a lot of things.

Emailing skills and its power to influence for software testers (no, just me)

Monday, May 13, 2013 08:29 AM

No matter how much you probe people who are successful they won't tell you some secrets - not because they don't want to tell you but because they don't all the time recognize the smallest most ignored thing they did great were the secrets. To me, when people talk about testing skills, they often leave out writing skill. They don't recognize it. Even if they do - there are several forms and

The ISTQB scam and why you should sign Keith Klain's petition

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 03:30 AM

If you know what I am talking about - go here right away and sign the petition. If you do not, read this: If you are my blog reader, you would know why ISTQB is a shame, a scam and faking its agenda. Despite the awesome challenge put up, its promoters are not revealing publicly how the profit is used (considering they claim it is not for profit)  When Keith Klain, Michael Bolton and others on

A culture bug that impacts software testers in India

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 13:20 PM

We all know the way we have been brought up has had a huge influence on how we see things. Some of us have benefited and others have not. Most of us have a mixed bag. A culture bug in India Each of our countries has a culture that has rubbed off on how we are brought up. Indian culture teaches respect. If someone is elder, no matter how stupid they are, kids are taught to respect them

Testing for a product demo - experience report

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 04:43 AM

~10 years ago In 2003, I worked for Impulsesoft, a start-up company that claimed to be first in demonstrating CD Quality (which is 44.1 KHz sampling, at that time) stereo music over Bluetooth. I was extremely proud to have been a tester for the world's first Bluetooth Headphones. At that time, you may have called it a bleeding edge technology. On a yet another beautiful Sunday morning I got a

tested a new conference in India for software testers #tested

Sunday, November 18, 2012 02:55 AM

Isn't it so awesome that we announce a conference 3 weeks before it is going to happen? We made live just couple of hours ago and announced the new conference for software testers in India. We made all background work much before we did the announcement. The venue, speakers, event organizing, badge-tags for 600 people and much more secret stuff. However, what we

James Bach Live in India : Hosted by Moolya : December 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 07:31 AM

As James Bach's student and colleague, it is such a proud moment to build a company that within its 2nd year anniversary is able to hire him to help us and fellow Indians be more inspired and challenged. A lot has changed since James came in 2003 to India. James is definitely more excited to come to India now. He sees there is a lot of potential here, a lot more than what he probably thought

In memory of Ola Hylten

Thursday, October 25, 2012 03:12 AM

In Oredev 2008, a stylish young man talked to me about testing and he turned out to be Ola Hylten. We struck a connection right from our first conversation and we started feeling friends. The conversation went online once the conference was over. We built mutual respect for each other. So much that we were thrilled to meet again last year November. Ola invited me home and he drove me to his

Story from a company that built "the best software testing tool"

Thursday, September 13, 2012 01:14 AM

I am sure you have heard of stories of UFO and Alien sighting from many parts of the world. Ask the sales team of this famous company that built "the best software testing tool" and they would tell you that alien visits are because of their tool. The aliens, according to the sales team, needs a one stop solution to all their automation testing needs and that is why they visit us. If you

Exploring Exploratory Testing : Bangalore : August 15 : Free*

Friday, August 10, 2012 05:32 AM

Update : In less than 48 hours of this post, there are about 40+ registrations and I am not taking anymore registrations. To those who are in the first 40, they would receive an email from Yagnesh who is helping me help you. You will receive an email from Yagnesh by 12:00 PM IST on 10th August, 2012 with details. Apologies for not being able to accommodate more this time. If you don't mind being

Changing a part of the landscape of interviews in India

Thursday, July 26, 2012 13:58 PM

Testability Stories for Agile

Sunday, June 03, 2012 12:20 PM

You have blood, it has a pressure and it has to be monitored if you want to keep yourself healthy and living long enough. Blood pressure is directly related to heart and its function. As you all maybe aware, most deaths in this world are due to heart attack. We are so bloody lucky. If we were born in the 17th century and needed a blood pressure test, someone would have wanted to cut open an

Fletcher Lynd Seagull

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 09:23 AM

I am not Jonathan Livingston Seagull. James Bach is. I am Fletcher Lynd Seagull. At a time when I was asking how do I fly fast and swoop like birds should ideally do, I met Jonathan Livingston Seagull who along with Michael Livingston Seagull and plenty others taught me how to fly and swoop. They set me free from the crowd and here I am, appearing to most likely do what they did to me.  Not all

Weinberg on more than writing - the Fieldstone method

Sunday, March 11, 2012 20:14 PM

11th March, 2012 in Bangalore was a beautiful Sunday. Now that it is almost over, I can use the past tense "was". Just the weather making it beautiful is one part but what about the weather within me? I decided to make it beautiful within. Everybody has a pile of books that they bought but never paid its due attention. Weinberg on Writing ( WoW as I want to call now) - The Fieldstone Method was

Conferences & Workshop update : Bangalore, Chennai & Pune

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 10:38 AM

To those in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune, I am here doing some workshops and conferences. Agile India 2012 - Bangalore : February 17 - 19 First, I am speaking at Agile India 2012. I am presenting a 90 minute workshop on Exploratory Testing the coming Sunday - 19th Feb 2012. There are about 750 registrations so far and this looks very exciting. Kudos to Naresh Jain for pulling things