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Allan Pereira
Allan Pereira

Allan Pereira

Manager - Quality Assurance

Western Outdoor Interactive


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Could you tell us briefly about your family background?
Im married staying in Mumbai along with my family. My elder brother is into interior decoration, elder sis is a teacher teaching in South Mumbai School, younger sis works in a private firm. All are happily married and settled in Mumbai.
A Fine Balance:
Proper planning and self-discipline makes life simple. Also, faith & trust in whatever you do helps to a great extent to manage the challenges of work and life and to balance it well.
Most Important Decisions
I began my career in Software Testing at an early age of 18yrs. Had it not been for Software Testing, I would have been a Chartered Accountant in Finance Domain. After receiving good guidance & support from my cousins who were Software Engineers, it really helped me shape up my career in SW Testing.
Plans for the Future
I wish to start coaching classes for college students to choose Software Testing as Career Option. Also,I would like to train students in communication 881984 confidence building skills. Professionally, to be at Sr. Manager Level in my Organisation helping with process improvement 881984 cost reduction plan.
Required Reading
Book - The Art of Software Testing - By Glenford J. Myers - a real good knowledge
Website -, - it is quite informative
Parting thoughts
Keep upgrading your knowledge because that is the basis for progress in career and life aswell.
Current and Previous Responsibilities
Currently My responsibilities include:
- Managing Quality Assurance Function.
- Ensuring Software Testing is done with optimized efforts & resources.
- Core member - Project Management,Planning & Process Improvement.
- Managing QMS function conducting ISO Audits
- Softare Configuration Management.
Currently working at
My current Job profile is to Manage the QA Function in my Organisation. Also, I am responsible for Software Configuration Management of our Customer Releases. Along with that I am actively involved with Project Management - Planning, Implementation. Also, I am the Management Representative for ISO.
Most Important Lessons
1. Learn to ARTICULATE things well before you PRESENT it.
2. Address the PROBLEM and not the PERSON when handling any ISSUE.
3. EQ [Emotional Intelligence Quotient] is as imp as IQ for being SUCCESSFUL in Professional Life.
4. Learn to identify the THIN line between PERSONALISM and PROFESSIONALISM.
Degrees that Matter
- Project Management in IT from IIT-MUMBAI
- Green Belt - Six Sigma
- Diploma in ISO 9001:2008 Audit
- Lead Auditor in ISO 9001:2008
- IEEE Standard for Documentation
-Cyber Law
- ISTQB Certification-SW Testing

-Six Sigma Certification
-ISTQB Certification
-ISO Certification
Role Model
At my Organisation, my CEO - Mr. Anil Nanavati

In corporate world, Mr. Vincent D'silva (Management Guru)

In Society - Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi

In Media - Arnab Goswami [Times Now News Anchor], Shekhar Suman [Movers & Shakers]
Areas for the Future
Areas of specialization with QA/ Testing Domain that would matter the most in future would be Security Testing, Performance Testing, Automation Testing.
Essential Advice
I would say if you have an eye for details and believe in processes then you are best suited for career in QA/ Testing. As a tester, one should be passionate about the job being a "value-addition" rather than "defect-identification".
Tech trends to watch out for
Cloud Computing, Mobile Apps, Tablets, Android are some of the technology trends that are been happening. With such trends, from career standpoint, upgrading oneself with such technology to face the tide and thus evolve oneself to better handle the challenging and fast evolving situations.
Changes in the industry
Testing industry has changed and evolved dramatically. When I started my career 14yrs back,it was mainly GUI interface testing and functionality testing. Now companies have started realizing the importance of testing in par with development & research. Also number of Automation tools are available.
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