BUGman Book Review – Hariharan

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Thanks for the authors for giving the scenario that happens inside the IT industry. Freshers will be benefited by this man (BUGman book). I’m sure that all the bugs which are in the minds of software aspirants will be corrected after meeting this man (reading this book). It also very interesting to read that’s because of the authors Sa&Sa for giving this in a funny way. All students interested in software must have to read to give up their fears during their interview time. – Hariharan, 3rd Year ECE 

BUGman Book Launch

BUGman book launched by Suresh Narasimha, CoCreator, Entrepreneur along with Narasimhan Iyengar, Co-founder of Socialmedia Nascor and Praveen Praveen Desai Ex-Yahoo!

 

Ebook: click here

Paperback: click here

Book blurb: 

“Knowing the unknown is better than not knowing at all”. Sa & Sa journey of ‘Testers’ & challenges.

Sa and Sa unveils the journey of software professionals.

Sa and Sa Unveil this journey, they show how the software industry works, people, organization, expectations, behaviours etc.

Key thing we are trying to convey is to learn everyday, develop your skills and help share the knowledge.

BUGman 2

Jeevan Pic
Mr BUGman

Today we bring to you to an interview of our BUGman 2, Mr Jeevan P who shares his experience of being QA Engineer.

About your background / work

I am Jeevan P, coming from a small district Mandya, Karnataka with the education background of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical. I am having around 12+ years of exp. Completely into Quality Engineering and worked forthe companies like Geneva, Yahoo! SDC as Prinicipal Engineer, QE.

Key Things to Succeed in IT Industry

Learning: A day without new learning is a day waste in the IT industry.

Technology and soft skills should be upgraded periodically to keep with pace of software industry

Implement: One should have a mixture of hard/smart work attitude and apply the innovative ideas/skills wherever necessary.

Process: Easy to adopt to any work/company culture and process.

Challenges for a tester

Tester should be flexible enough and easy to adopt to any process or STLC in the agile world. Expect frequent builds a day and have to certify without compromising the build quality, because it is expected from any tester. Also flexible enough in implementing the new trends/ideas to impress your BOSSes. Always have a aggressive attitude towards build quality, customer satisfaction, on time support during any production outages.

Where you see Testing field 5 years from now ?

Software testing field is a multi-billion dollar industry which cannot be vanished easily. There is a lot of scope in the quality engineering. E.g. Automation may replace the manual efforts, unit testing coverage, acceptance testing, testers starts contributing towards security testing. All this said scope of tester would remain forever, given the individuals adopting new testing techniques and types of testing.

How does Bug Book Help Aspiring Testers ?

BUG helps in understanding how the area of software testing is, how the recruitment happens across various positions, interactions between the employees/managers and may actually help youth to explore the software testing area and work on it.

What do u feel about Interview section in the Book – Bug?

– Good exposure on how the interview process happens for various positions.

– How the interaction happens between the hiring manager and interviewers.

– Different types of sample interview questions.

– Factors considered for selecting candidates, many of them candidate itself doesn’t know.

How important is attitude, communication, innovation for a tester ?

Attitude, Communication, Innovation – All 3 are important to testers and are all inter-related.

Attitude: Tester should have enough patience and can succeed when he/she has very good attitude or passion towards his/her work.

Communication: Tester should be very assertive, and be able to communicate on the ongoing activities effectively. So that people should respect testers.

Innovation: Testers should constantly innovate else his growth and career can come to stand still in the future. Tester should find the right tool / practice to implement the innovative ideas and showcase its worth to the organization.

E.g. UI Layout automation – This was an unexplored area, which I was able to find a right tool and helped reduced manual testing effort.

If you were to select an applicant as Q.A., how would you go about? 

– Applicant should have strong technical skills as well assertive

communication skills. Ablity to explain the key skills mentioned in the

CV.

– Applicant should understand his/her own strengths and weaknesses.

– Applicant should be keen to learn new things and be able to apply on the day-day activities.

– Applicant should have Out Of Box thinking capabilities and be able to adopt to any work/company culture.

Could you brief on the career path for Q.A.? 

QA has lots of scope as mentioned earlier and he/she can choose any depending on the software-testing trend:

One should opt to move towards horizontal initiatives like Security,

Performance, Penetration testing etc

Current / future software testing trending areas like,

– Big Data testing

– Data ware housing

– White/Grey Box testing initiatives

Bug Us: If you have question to Mr. BUGman kindly comment. We would revert at the earliest.

~Happy BUGend~

BUGman 1

Prasanna
Mr BUGman 

Today we bring to you to an interview of our BUGman 1, Mr Prasanna Desai who shares his experience of being QA Engineer.

About your background / work

I hail from Bagalkot and completed my Pre University from native town and completed BE in Electronics and Communication from T John College Bengaluru in 2012. I started working in a StartUp Company Kishkinda as Software QA Engineer, later worked in Yahoo Inc for 2.5 yrs. Currently working in Cloodon Learning a SaaS based company providing Learning Management System which makes online teaching and learning easy. It has a global presence.

Key Things to Succeed in IT Industry

Good attitude, Should be very communicative, Proactive and Out of box thinking

Challenges for a tester

Frequent product feature release with out code freeze, frequent changes in requirement from customer/client, Convincing the quality to stakeholders/customers who uses the product.

Where you see Testing field 5 years from now

1) Ensuring the customers are happy and stay happy with the services and products means that the testers play a big part

2) Automating the processes and test cases and ensuring the release to market is very fast

How does Bug Book Help Aspiring Testers

As many fresh graduates don’t know the key aspect of Testing, after reading this book they will get into idea as of how Software testing is important in any organization.

For aspiring testers they will get more involved in Software Testing, Current situation in IT industry, and aspects of hiring Testers.

What do u feel about Interview section in the Book – Bug

The interview section in book is very generic and topic oriented , which explains the current trend in the interview process, be it interviewing experienced candidate or a fresher. It explains the mindset of the interviewer, HR selection process and about selected candidates, and the questions raised after the interview between the interviewers.

Ex: For interviewing any fresher, the level of question asked will be different when compared to experienced candidate.

Selection sometime is based on favoritism, region and language.

Interviewer selects some candidates, and atleast they get rejected due to some reasons Ex: Salary Package.

How important is attitude, communication, innovation for a tester

As I mentioned earlier, these 3 are key things to succeed in IT industry, and these matters a lot for any tester testing a product.

Attitude of the tester should be like finding more bugs and make a product better. –

Break the product and then Make it.

Communication: Tester should communicate regularly with all the stake holders and call out major defects early in the product life cycle.

Innovation: Tester should be more innovative in testing the product, think out of the box with new testing techniques sometimes it requires non technical process to test the product.

If you were to select an applicant as Q.A., how would you go about? 

The selection process will be simple and position oriented.

For Manual Testing: Ask the candidate to write Test plan and test case on a given product, ask him/her to explain the process involved to test. Any risk in testing that product, lessons learnt, Corner cases etc.

For Automation Testing: Give any web application ask him/her automate and estimate the time it consumed to execute the test cases and reporting. Check the knowledge on testing automation framework. Candidate should demonstrate how the sign off (regression) effort is reduced with Automation.

Could you brief on the career path for Q.A.? 

QA engineers often use the skills they learned in their field to redirect their careers toward related areas such as:

Build & deployment automation: Create & maintain software used to build, run automation, configure, and deploy software.

Performance and Security Testing: These are most important Non-Functional areas of testing that have and will continue to acquire more focus in the future too. As with any career, the more senior you get the more the job changes. In QA you’ll see your time shift from a focus on breaking things (or writing automation) toward spending more time on forming test strategy, mentorship, risk assessment, and root cause analysis.

Tester given the scope of his responsibilities can also play a part in the following roles :

  • System administration
  • Software development
  • Program management
  • Scrum Master
  • Product management

Bug Us: If you have question to Mr. Prasanna kindly comment. We would revert at the earliest.

~Happy BUGend~

Curtain Raiser: How did bug happen?

IMG_1149Writing a book is a great responsibility. When you write a blog or article you aim to reach a certain audience, however book intends to reach a wide variety of audience.

Even though Bug is aimed for IT Professionals and Software Testing Community, anybody can read this book as the Daily lives of people working in organizations is unfolded here.

Lets think about the following:

  1. We read a lot of technical books, articles and that helps us a lot in our work
  2. We hear or feel a lot of things between our friends and peers at work, one that impacts our work and also decisions we take

Bug explains the point 1 with a little bit of technical jargon mixed.

Not clear ? – Please wait for the book to get launched.

In this article, we like to share with you what ideas we had and which went into the book in a nutshell,

  1. Many IT professionals / freshers / college students now a days know what to read, how to crack interviews. Do they know enough of organizations, people, expectations and so on?
  2. What happens behind the scenes during interview process? If candidate knows such things will it help him succeed in the interview and appreciate the process. 
  3. Many a times after finishing an interview,the candidate might feel  ‘it was a cakewalk’, but still gets rejected – how does one find answers for such rejections?
  4. Answers given by candidates may be the best but does it resonate to the questions the interviewer asks.
  5. What are various parameters that factor in for selecting the right candidates – Is it just technical skills or anything more?

Book talks about all this and also nice stories of how employees work / talk in an organization. It has drama, action, suspense and a lot of learning.

Updates on the happening: click here

~BUG: Since 2014~

Entrepreneur & Beyond!

with Co-Founder of Nascor Technologies Pvt Ltd
with Co-Founder of Nascor Technologies Pvt Ltd

Interested to explore a career as an Entrepreneur? Today we bring to you second interview with N K Narasimhan, one of the founder’s of Nascor Technologies (http://www.nascorgroup.com). Ex-employee of L & T, Sun Microsystems and Yahoo! who has over two decades of work experience under our unique section ‘Test it’! For more information keep a tab at this page (https://www.facebook.com/Without.interview). You may feel free to post your question in message box or comment and the interviewee would answer over the next few days from 03 Jan 2015 till 07 Jan 2015. We hope you have a great career ahead!

Narasimhan, welcome to ‘Test IT’ section and congratulation for being in Top 5 of  Infosys ‘+91 Start Up Challenge’ Photo : Infosys – Facebook Page 

Author: Tell us about your background and education.

Narasimhan: I completed my engineering in Industrial & Production from SJCE, Mysore, finishing as a College Topper throughout and with rank 7 for the University of Mysore.

Author: How did you land in an IT job?

Narasimhan: I started programming with widely known as BASIC (an acronym for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) while studying PUC (1985-86) using Casio PB 100 which supported a condensed BASIC version for programming. My brother was a great influencers who was pursuing engineering. I eventually joined engineering at SJCE, Mysore and FORTRAN was the language that existed as first year course. I took to learn ‘C’ in my second year. There used to be one hour slot given for each one to book to do Unix & C programming in Computer Science Lab. Lot of times, used to get midnight slots. Our final year project was a software cross assembler & a post processor for CNC machine with a graphics editor which caught the attention of the examiner. The complexity, effort & contribution was highly appreciated which was a big milestone for a graduate student. Through campus interview, I was placed in L & T and worked on rotational initially but one of manager put me into Test automation involving mechatronics. With help from seniors, contributed in various projects using machine language, Turbo C, C++ and Microsoft Visual C++ 4.2. After six years of working with L&T moved to Yokogawa that was in and out into software product development – worked on system software, server development etc., rising up the ranks, this further continued at Sun Microsystems and Yahoo!.

Author: You have worked as a tester and developer role. How is your overall years of experience?

Narasimhan: Sun Microsystems was the place of transition from development to testing. I started looking into quality. This also waved a path from individual contributor to manager (engineering) and this continued at Yahoo! Both companies had different view on testing and i believed that development & testing as two sides of the same coin, hand in glove, spearheading to brand as ‘Quality Engineering’, ( always question ‘how to engineer quality into software products’ ) and engineer’s as QE. (Quality Engineer). This helped me to be versatile, (able to wear different hats) critique my deliverables too. Perhaps this gave birth to duality. Also, this allowed me to hire the best candidates from institutions such as IISc, Bengaluru. Me & my QE team at Sun developed SIFT (Sun one integrated frame-work for testing ) that helped to simulate failures and emulate complex, real world user scenarios. Over time, adoption among different teams increased, emerging as a versatile Test automation development platform of choice within the Sun community.

Author: What are your views on being a tester or a developer? 

Narasimhan: (Thinks) The demarcation is unhealthy. If one need to be a good tester, then the aspirant has to be a good developer. It’s vice-versa as well. One who could be critic of his own work and welcome feedback from others. Preferably to start as a developer for some years because, it is maturity that is needed to become a tester. Testing skills are better honed while being a developer. This makes a best tester and evolves to ‘engineer’ Quality. Sometimes, Creativity & Innovation needed to test a product is more complex & interesting than development of a product itself. There is an ‘I‘ in QUAL’I’TY and Creative bend of mind is equally needed for a tester. I feel, both cannot be differentiated in a physical way and every organisation adopts their own approach to bring in distinction & differentiation.

Author: Could you give insights on being an entrepreneur?

Narasimhan: Survival, sustain and beyond is something that one need to look forward. Can you translate an idea to a business? In other terms do you have a business case? If the answer is yes, then its worth a risk. Business case need not have an innovation but can satisfy a need. There could be micro level changes in terms of innovation for the requirement or even create a need. If an idea is really unique or has a business case, then its Google for you! Even timing, being in the right place & right time matters. Good examples like Flipkart, RedBus, Xiaomi etc.

Author: What are your hobbies?

Narasimhan: One thing I always have been doing is – ‘give life, extend the life of any object’. This means I repair things (reduce wastage, resource utilisation) and it has been a natural activity right from my childhood days. This has immensely helped me acquire newer skills, like delve on – how it works, why, how, design intent, perspective, understand the thought process of the innovator etc. Apart from that reading technical and philosophical books is something that keeps me glued.

Author: How did you find ‘Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview’ book helpful to aspiring software engineers and IT professionals?

Narasimhan: This is a must read for every grad aspiring to work for renowned product company biggies. Easy reading, gives a lot of insight about big companies, concise, covering all perspectives in 80+ pages. When i was going through “Impression” (section 9), I was recollecting, an article stating based on studies & surveys, an interviewer makes a +ve or -ve impression in the first few seconds and the rest of the interview will be to self validate/justify his opinions about the aspiring candidate. As an age old saying goes, making the ‘best’ first impression is important. In my experience, I have come across such interviewers. In this context, I liked the coverage under “impressions” which candidates tend to ignore or overlook.

Also, change is a constant and candidates should iterate on Annexure 1 & 2 – ways to learn & how to learn, to achieve & sustain a positive career trajectory.

Author: Thank you Narasimhan for your valuable time and inspiring our aspiring engineer’s to become a test engineers, in your terminology ‘QE’

Narasimhan: Thanks (smiles)

To know more about Narasimhan’s organisation: 

Nascor Technologies, Bangalore, (http://www.nascorgroup.com) is a Software product Start-up, in pursuit of Transforming email platforms to deliver email users VALUE beyond ‘just’ Communication.

Email usage & overload is on the rise. A working individual spends an average 28% time on emails. Nascor with its vision, aims to touch every emailer on the globe, alleviate their pain points by providing products & solutions, by making emailing easy with intuitive, innovative, productivity tools to manage ones work and emails too.

Nascor’s tZirrTM (pronounced as teaser ) has five high impactful productivity features, downloadable for emailers to experience on Microsoft Outlook. Nascor’s  U@Work (patent pending) is a top line product, currently under development designed to offers a light weight solution for any business operation, to manage ones work and as a group collaboratively ‘manage work’ covering projects, activities, resources, meetings, tasks etc.

Readers – aspiring software engineer’s , IT professionals and entrepreneur’s are free to leave your message for Narasimhan to answer on or before 07 Jan, 2015. We hope you are enjoying this section, feel free to leave your message for us to improve. Next week we shall bring to you another personality of a Top company. We wish you a great new year 2015. Till then, ‘Test IT’!  

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Writing of ‘Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview – Google & Beyond’ Book – Part 2

Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview
Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview

In the part 1 I discussed about the beginning of idea (incase you missed to read – Part 1). I spoke to most of the students who went through various rounds of interviews to get insights from recruiter perspective that be a technical test, technical interview, case based interviews, group discussion and HR interviews. I tried to connect those points to the job description and role projection after several years. This analogy seemed to me a short-term objective the way students prepared for campus recruitment and similar thing from hiring perspective. Even today it continue to remain same across many industries. I call it as ‘Pain-Oientiment’ relationship.

This exercise to put those points took almost two years. This has continue to remain on board for refinement to help for interview preparation in the present and future writings.

In the next article I will present how Indian marriages has helped the first chapter to shape and happen.

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To know more about the book: Book launch by CEO’s I Einstein Story & Book

The first copy of the book was opened by Dr.Meena R Chandavarkar, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur. The book launch activity was held at Cuppa Koramangala, Bengaluru – the launch was done by N K Narasimhan,CEO and Founder, Nascor Technologies (former employee of Yahoo!, Sun Microsystem, L&T),Bengaluru; Darshan, Businessman; Philip K, Franchise owner of Cuppa Koramangala, Bengaluru attended by motivators (friends).

A copy of book was presented to Mr.Suresh Narasimha, CEO and Founder, TeliBraham,Bengaluru

A review from blogger Book review
What industry people say:
1. A book for career over job preparation. – N. K. Narasimhan, Co-founder, Nascor Group, India (former employee of Yahoo!, Sun Microsystem and L&T)
2. Good Beginners book for IT aspirants and professionals. – Ashwin, Ex-Yahoo! and Flipkart Employee
3. A book for greater success not shortcut success. – Shivaleela, Principal Consultant
4. A great handbook for ‘Hiree’ and ‘Hirees’. – Bharath Ambrose, Corporate HR
5. Must buy for all IT aspirants! – S. Kumar, Project Manager, IT Product Company
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