Project Manager QA
Rahul Deshpande is a member of:
About Rahul Deshpande's family
My father used to work in Tata motors and mother a housewife, not a typical one, coz she is the one who gave me rich cultural background, introduced me to good authors, put all good habits in me and my elder brother. Me and my wife also make sure to pass on the same to my twin daughters 5 yrs old.
My career started as Lab faculty at Aptech, but the QA career started in true manner with Selectica india. I'm thankful to Dr. Sundar Rajan for giving me the opportunity to join Selectica where I made best friends, had great time, and most important, here I learned ABC of testing from Bob Coleman.
Points of inflection
Joining Aptech was the first point. I just did not learn computers, but they groomed me to fit in this industry. The Diploma from CDAC-ACTS was another turning point, made good friends to begin in IT industry, learning testing from Bob was a major one. Whoever I am now is coz of him.
Current and Previous Responsibilities
Earlier I performed as a test lead, small team, more into technical, still managing the deadlines, follow up on things with diff teams, but now- big team around 40 ppl, multiple projects, overall QA and testing effectiveness improvements, calculating and controlling cost of quality, ppl mgmt, budget
Preparing/appearing for CSTE, CSQA will certainly give you good insight. sqatester.com, qaforums.com, stickyminds.com, softwareqatest.com, qaforums.com and other blogs, even wikipedia has good stuff to read.
Books - teting computer software, how to break software
Robert Coleman (my first manager), I learned all things about teting from him. He helped me develop the creative destruction attitude which is very important for your career in testing. Apart from him, I always try to learn things from folks around, not just seniors, but sometimes your juniors also
Degrees that Matter
Certification helps to give you background/history, details, and things which normally you do not know/care. Certs also good if your org supports in terms of reimbursing and thinks its value add and gives u career boost. But having he right attitude, desireto learn, n hands on exp is most important
A Fine Balance:
Earlier I was complete workaholic, things change once you get married, n then having kids. I begin my day at work with list of items to complete that day, set priorities, n go from there. Also try to avoid office gossips n other time killing things.
Plans for the Future
I have just got an opportunity to set the QA competencies of bigger team. going fwd I'd like to perform on bigger grounds, say at org levels.
Most Important Lessons
Never underestimate any situation, small issues can turn into monsters if not dealt at right time, look at issues as opportunities to excel, always take away (lessons learned) from your assignments. Learn from seniors, juniors n folks around too.. including non IT
Most Important Decisions
Leaving small job for CDAC-ACTS was major. Joining Selectica was important as it was the place to shape my early career in QA. Getting CSTE certified, Working with Symantec and then presently with Persistent were important decisions as these companies are major contributors for my career
Tech trends to watch out for
QA is being treated with importance now a days :). Changes in using different SDLC/STLC models, is major change. different automation/perf teting tools are coming up every quarter. Cloud and mobile computing are new trends. Now a days companies wants a QA person to be all round, including deploying
QA needs the attitude, more creativity than development, which needs to develop. Also make sure to learn at least couple of automation tools, good to have basic knowledge about perf testing. get certified on atleast 1 OS, some cert on databases also helps, make sure to certify urself inline ur caree
Areas for the Future
cloud computing is a big thing, mobile computing is another one. Depending on liking and career path, one can think of getting trained//certified in mobile languages, different OS, and scripting languages like perl, python along with selenium. Wide use of freeware tools, this trend is new challenge
Currently working at
Presently working as a project manager for a offshore team of around 45 ppl. Started looking after preparing SOW, invoices etc, along with major challenge is to measure cost of quality n try to keep within limits as there r multiple small projects on n every team using diff process need streamlining