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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

June - 2007 - issue > Woman Achiever

A QUALITY MIND

Priya Pradeep
Friday, June 1, 2007
Priya Pradeep
Matching Robert Frost’s profundity is Meenakshi Sundaresan’s ‘down-to-earth’ wisdom, which has been her signature. “You know more of a road by traveling in it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world”.

In a career spanning 23 years, Meenakshi has traveled the gamut of roles one can possibly imagine in the IT world – programming, designing, requirements analysis, technical training, marketing, program and project management, sales and solutioning – before coming to roost at the helm of quality consultancy in a global arena. Her pendulum of success swings a whole arc between meticulous discipline and analytical precision at one end to creative brilliance at the other end as she fuses the science of quality assurance to an art!

“The significance of quality is amazing”, she opines with enthusiasm. “It is translating to reality and creating what the customer really wants”.

Sounds simple? Not really. For Meenakshi is firm that there must be a disciplined approach to quality – from its conception to implementation of procedures. She draws an off-beat analogy. “People stop at a red traffic signal only when there is a cop around or others stop. We actually need to have inbuilt mental alarms for discipline that makes you stop at the red signal even without a soul around”.

“Quality Assurance is finally about the ability to convince and encourage people to use processes that benefit them - not just certification, not about ‘how much will it cost us?’ and be done with it” – as you hear her, you feel the passion that she pours. “One should constantly see the big picture and not feel small about being a cog in the wheel. After all a cog missing can stop the onward march of the wheel”!


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