I offered a public class recently and there were testers from Thought Works, Philips, IBM, McAfee, MarLabs, Mphasis, Mopat Solutions ... (other names that I can't recall) At the end of the session each of them looked thrilled and excited. We had hours of discussion even after the session officially ended and that is a clue to me about the excitement and joy of learning they had.
Now, all my public classes have been in Bangalore but that's not the only destination where there are testers. India is wide spread and I have decided to travel different places, which also helps me take a break by meeting different people and visiting new places.
More than a dozen testers from Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Hyderabad have been in touch with me over e-mails and looking at my stats I am sure there are at least more than a hundred testers from each of these places who read my blog regularly. I am sure that each one of you who have been interacting with me also know couple of testers whom you think might be interested to attend such a session.
In case you are interested to have the testing skills workshop in your city, please do get in touch with me by writing an e-mail to email@example.com with subject line "Workshop - ( your city name). I shall share the contacts of other testers from your place who have been in touch with me, we could discuss over e-mail and get the workshop up in your city, too.
Lalit Patil, a tester from Mumbai did organize one such session of mine in FEAST, Indian Institute of Technology a couple of months ago.
This intention of mine to travel different places is not to come back from each city with loads of money but with an intention to benefit testers who are away from the reach of my Bangalore public workshops. So that doesn't mean its free! Based on the number of testers who are interested there would be a cost each has to incur to support my travel and other expenses.
Despite my workshops always have been in Bangalore, so far, I am very happy that there were 4 testers who traveled from far away cities to attend it. One came from Thailand, One was from Hyderabad and the other two were from Chennai.
I dont expect great things to happen after this post and I also wouldn't be too surprised if nothing happens. I am just hopeful that testers from places other than Bangalore would be as interested as my fellow Bangaloreans are.
Hope is an important thing I rely on and so I hope at least there would be at least one other city in India that is as good as Bangalore.
-- Pradeep Soundararajan - http://testertested.blogspot.com - +91-98451-76817 - firstname.lastname@example.org
"Pradeep's first language is not English--his first language appears to be testing." -- Michael Bolton