"Some birds aren't meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright"- Morgan Freeman, Shawshank Redemption. This blog is from one such bird who couldn't be caged by organizations who mandate scripted software testing. Pradeep Soundararajan welcomes you to this blog and wishes you a good time here and even otherwise.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Tester Tested! coming soon to your city

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 pradeep.srajan@gmail.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 - pradeep.srajan@gmail.com

"Pradeep's first language is not English--his first language appears to be testing." -- Michael Bolton


Chris said...

Have you ever considered having a master class at an event like EuroSTAR or STAREast??

Pradeep Soundararajan said...


I am considering traveling outside India for presenting my class.

I am very eager to attend these events. I must have enough money to afford the travel and other expenses, which I dont have currently.

I am expecting 2008 to be an year for such dreams of mine to come true.

Michael Bolton http://www.developsense.com said...

Testers of India, I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Pradeep has been a colleague of mine and of James Bach for the last two years or so. In that time, he has demonstrated great skill and insight as a student and teacher of testing. He consistently impresses me as a present and future leader in the testing community, both in India and worldwide. Get a taste of Pradeep's Mirchi Test Masala while you can!

---Michael Bolton

Pradeep Soundararajan said...


As I keep mentioning, I am blessed to be your student. Me helping other testers is a way I pay my Guru Dakshin to you and James.

Sugarlady said...


Let me know when you will be in Europe, because I will love to hear more about testing you use.

Pradeep Soundararajan said...


Gita is a holy and sacred Indian name and I was surprised and glad to hear an European with that name.

I would surely let you know provided I have your e-mail id. I look forward knowing how you use and think about testing, too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pradeep,

I really missed this class in Bangalore.
I despretlly wanted to attend your class. Since your a pet student of James and Bolton, which is a great honour, i too would have benefited a lot from your seminar.

Hope to attend the next session.


Pradeep Soundararajan said...


I am glad that you were so eager to attend.

Being a student of James and Michael means -- think on my own and not just follow what they say. I love being their student for a life time.

I wish to see you and your tester friends in my next session.

Anonymous said...

Hello Pradeep,

I've been following your blog over a yr, never commented tough. You have introduced me to most talented people in QA field through your blog and I'm also learning lot of stuff from your postings.

I'll be eagerly waiting for your US visit.

Keep posting!!


Pradeep Soundararajan said...


Thanks for your comment. I am planning for a visit to the US next year. I am also planning to work there for an year or two. I am yet to speak to any potential employer about this.

So, see you next year and keep reading and commenting.

Ajoy Singha said...

Hi Pradeep,
We at NCR (Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida) are also interested in attending your session. Can you organise a session here too. Thanks in advance.

Pradeep Soundararajan said...

@Ajoy Kumar,

Sitting in Bangalore and not having traveled to NCR even once it is too difficult for me to organize but in case you and your friends are interested. You could send me an e-mail and we can start working on the date and commercials.

I love to come to your place and I hope other testers are as interested as you.

You can check the interest by posting your proposal to your groups or network or their network.

Once again you made me more curious about NCR region.

Anonymous said...

I happened to visit your blog by chance and I felt that you try to excessively brag about yourself and what you've achieved. In your perspective, that could be just pure pride, but I think you can write more about experiences, without trying to sound self-appreciatory. Humility is the trait of a true genius..

Anonymous said...


If you happened to visit my blog by chance and you spent very little time and you know very little about me might have made you think the way you thought.

I wish to honor such comments but unfortunately it comes as Anonymous and I am not sure if it is from people who dislike my growth and hence unless you reveal your identity it becomes difficult for me to believe such a comment and hence I request you to reveal who you are.

I accept that some of my posts might appear too self appreciatory to new readers but those who have spent time to learn the history of my growth feel its pretty normal.

Humility is the trait of a true genius..

There are people with just this trait who are being recognized as genius - so that's not mandatory to be a genius. My destiny I think is to re-write the rules and I am doing it.

I thank you from heart for spending time on my blog and I suggest you to spend more time now and in the future if you think its worth.