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Durga Pothugunta
Durga Pothugunta

Durga Pothugunta

QA Lead @ Syniverse Technologies

Syniverse Technologies


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Could you tell us briefly about your family background?
I have one younger sister Ms. Moni.P, an M.B.A graduate, working as Financial adviser and one younger brother Mr. Deni.P, Engineering graduate, working as Software Professional. My mom Mrs. Veda Kumari is a Home maker.
Required Reading
QA DIGEST Weekly Newsletter for Software Testing and QA Professionals from siliconindia. QA blogs and keeping tab on the cutting edge technologies.
Changes in the industry
A drastic change is happening on the way customer issues are dealt with, which resulted in the QA's roles and responsibility to be more critical and challenging, opening up opportunities for QA to be in sync with the latest tools and technologies. QA driven Automation has been reducing company cost
Tech trends to watch out for
QA driven automation is the latest trend in the industry which gives us an opportunity to develop, explore and learn new tools and technologies. QA has to thrive in reducing manual efforts and move towards automation to achieve consistent and accurate results.
Currently working at
I work for the Mobile Enterprise Services, a Business Unit of Syniverse Technologies India Pvt Ltd.,as a QA Team Lead and technically leading the QA effort from Bangalore office.
Being a senior member in the team,I am responsible for the quality and timely project deliverable besides mentoring team
Most Important Decisions
Leaving my previous job as Lead QA in Bell softech and joining Syniverse as SSE was one of the important and tough decisions.Stayed a project release because of a critical bug in the software there by avoiding embarrassment and cost to the company. Decision to explore and take up new tools/technology
Essential Advice
QA has to emulate a customer and test the application. Cost of a QA miss could be disasterous to the company hence one should be responsible, innovative, self motivated and think out of the box solutions.
Areas for the Future
Automation, and Domain Expertise
Role Model
Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, born and brought up from lower middle class family achieving greater heights yet being humble. His mantras "No shortcut to success except hard work and dedication." and "To dream big" has given hopes and inspired millions of people.
Most Important Lessons
There are no good or bad Professionals/Organizations. Everything has two faces. With these challenges one has to think out of box and thrive for a quality and timely deliverables of projects. Consider views of every team member.
A Fine Balance:
I am a strong believer of "Health is Wealth" and socializing, hence balancing one's personal and professional life becomes a greater priority for me. Prioritizing tasks and time management is very critical to achieve this.
Plans for the Future
Become a successful human being, meaning, recognized as a good professional in 360 degree feedback both professionally and personally. Helping/Mentoring team members to greater scale. Create a fun filled working environment.
The Journey So Far
Seven long years in this industry has been filled with lots of surprises and puzzles, I have tested from a single component to an entire product including production environment setup for live traffic and testing production issues. Worked with teams like Operations,Product,client,Network,DBA.
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