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Gaurav Khera

Software QA Manager
 
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About Gaurav Khera's family

My father is a retired bank officer and mother is retired teacher. My wife is also a teacher and I have two kids aged 7 and 5 yrs. We all stay together in Gurgaon.
Currently working at
I am working as software QA Manager as well as Project Manager for the mobile applications at FirstRain Software, Gurgaon. QA manager is the typical QA job of test planning for releases, managing resources, identifying risks and contingency planning etc.
The Journey So Far
I started my career as a test engineer with RiverRun Software in year 2000. From there I have been to Quark Media House, iPolicy Network and Adobe Systems, before joining my current organization FirstRain Software in 2007.
Tech trends to watch out for
Demand in mobile app testing is increasing, and the future belongs to that. I've not worked in the cloud systems, but the way we see the ever-increasing usage of cloud computing, it needs specialized testers to be able to work on the remote environments to leverage the dynamic configurations.
Required Reading
A book which I prefer to go by again and again is "software testing in real world" by Edward Kit. I spend time on reading articles and papaer on stickyminds.com and then there are random readings from a list of blogs at http://www.testingminded.com/2010/04/top-100-software-testing-blogs.html.
Plans for the Future
A student of software testing industry learning something new. If I manage to implement some of those learning, that would be an icing on the cake. Also, polishing the project management skills is a target for next few months.
Most Important Decisions
Without doubt, moving to an equal opportunity company "FirstRain Software" was the best decision I made. I got to learn and implement lot many new things in last 5 years.
Most Important Lessons
Whenever a software fails, testers will be the first ones to be targeted. Never loose your heart. Learn from your failures, and respect your job.
Degrees that Matter
I did CSTE in 2002. Although I've not retained the certificate by gathering sufficient points after that, still the study didn't go waste as it made the software testing concepts clear and I refer the CBOK till date. ISTQB foundation level is a similar test, to clear the software testing concepts.
Changes in the industry
Shorter release cycles and almost nil tolerance to errors, have put testers under everybody's scrutiny. Testers have become smarter and use tools to their work effectively than earlier. It's good that smart people from good colleges are also joining the testing field.
Areas for the Future
Mobile app testing on different platforms/OS/devices.
Role Model
My first manager and a well-known name in the field of software testing - Mr. Vipul Kocher. Luckily I again worked under him in Adobe. Vipul has a knack of testing anything and the way he looks and finds the potential bug areas is special and inspiring.
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