ITB Chennai Testers Monthly Meet – 2
After many long threads of e-mails between Mohnesh, Murali, Sathish and me (Bharath), we had things ready for the ITB Chennai Testers Monthly Meet – 2. The event happened on May 21st 2011 in Virtusa. The best part was that the event was fully booked two weeks before the actual date.
After a tight security check, people were allowed inside the venue and Virtusa was kind enough to provide everyone with a notepad and a pen. The event started with an introduction about ITB and RIA-RUI which is the supporting partner for ITB Chennai.
The welcome speech was given by Mr.Suresh Srinivas, Testing Head of Virtusa. He enlightened the participants on the mindset of testers and the current trend in testing and also how testers should equip themselves to be in demand in the testing market.
The first presentation was given by Praveen Srinivas from Virtusa who spoke on the topic “Understanding Restful Services and Testing“. This session was very interactive from the very beginning and everyone felt they gained a lot of information from this session. Praveen gave information about SOS, SOAP and various other open source and commercial services that can be used for web testing.
After the first presentation, the participants were briefed about “Problem on the table” which they felt excited about and people were asked to submit their ticket for “Raffles” in which RIA-RUI promised to give 3 Bug deBug T-shirts for the lucky winners.
The next presentation was on the topic “Agile in Action” by Anvesh from Collabnet. Anvesh compared the traditional waterfall and the agile process and briefed about the advantages and disadvantages in each of them. Discussion on this topic post presentation was really good where the participants spoke on how agile process is more beneficial in a product based company than a service based company as the service based organization has to show the client a lot of different information in order to please the client and hence has to involve in many reports and documentation.
The next presentation was by Krishnaveni from Virtusa on the topic “Testers and Networking“. After this presentation, many came to know about the existence of Chennai testers group and Weekend testing which provided a learning ground for many testers and also an opportunity to meet renowned testers across the globe. Participants were open enough to admit that they thought testing was only what they had been doing in the office day in day out.
All the participants appreciated the initiative by ITB and thanked the organizers for conducting such an event in Chennai and showed their willingness to participate in all the ITB Chennai Testers Meet going forward. All the speakers in this event were gifted with a Parker Beta by ITB as a token of gratitude for showing their interest to participate in the event. As promised RIA-RUI gave away three Bug debug T-shirts for the three raffle winners.
The next was the most awaited and interesting “Problem on the table” session where four problems where posted.The problems where:
1. Tools useful for mobile testing
2. A technical issue in QTP
3. How to say ‘NO to your superiors
4. About Testing Certifications
All the participants managed to help each other and tried to solve the problems. Those who were not able to solve the issue where asked to post the same on the Chennai Testing Group.
The session ended with distributing Parker Beta pens to the participants who presented their problems in the “Problem on the table” session. This method of awarding the participants who came forward to share their issues during this session encouraged other participants to take part too.
After the closing ceremony all the participants took this opportunity to network and know each other and share as much information as possible. This exciting event showed how important networking was for every profession and showed a better path for learning more efficiently. All the participants left the venue promising to return back with their colleagues for the next event.