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Bibekananda Mohanty
Bibekananda Mohanty

Bibekananda Mohanty

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Could you tell us briefly about your family background?
I am married to Madhusmita who is a MCA graduate and worked as Recruitment Consultant.
I have a daughter Adwesha.
Changes in the industry
Doing the same things over and over again... mentally I think you have to be really strong to get through it and make sure that you're paying attention
Areas for the Future
1) Domain Knowledge – Good knowledge in domain area of the application adds value to the testing professionals.
2) Automation Testing Tools Knowledge – There is great demand for automation and performance testers.
3) Certifications – QAI, ASQ, ISQTB and several other institutes are offering testing specific certifications.
Degrees that Matter
1) ISEB & ISTQB
2) CMST
3) CASQ
4) CSQA
5) CMSQ
Essential Advice
I'd prefer the following statement: learn the skills required to design tests before starting to get involved with the tools that are sometimes used to perform certain testing tasks.
First learn to test, then learn to automate.
Most Important Decisions
Going for higher studies - I completed my MCA in 2003 from NOSCOMS,Baripada,ODISHA, that too after 2 years of my academic gap
Points of inflection
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam - his thoughts are applicable at all the times for the youth
Tech trends to watch out for
1. Switching costs for software solutions will continue to decline.
2. Compliance standards for safety-critical and life-critical software will become imperative.
3. With software presenting a much broader business risk, time to market will shift (slightly) in favor of market-ready.
The Journey So Far
I graduated from Utkal University with a B.SC. in Math Hons. While on active I earned an MCA degree. After completing my MCA i got placed to work as A Test Engineer in Mascon Global Limited, Chennai and currently i am working as a Team Lead in Software Testing & Quality Assurance (QA). For the last 8 years I am into the IT industry.
Currently working at
I am a Software Testing Professional with above 8 years of experience and worked in different companies,domains and technology areas.
Current and Previous Responsibilities
Establish and evolve formal QA processes, ensuring that the team is using industry-accepted best practices.
Oversee all aspects of quality assurance including establishing metrics, applying industry best practices, and developing new tools and processes to ensure quality goals are met.
Act as key point of contact for all QA aspects of releases, providing QA services and coordinating QA resources internally and externally.
Lead and mentor QA team members, as well as manage outside contract testers.
Develop and execute test cases, scripts, plans and procedures (manual and automated).
Role Model
Bill Gates of Microsoft.He built Microsoft from the scratch although he is from a middle class family with least external support and today he is acknowledge as a philanthropist, investor, computer programmer and inventor
Plans for the Future
Looking forward for the Test Manager positions where i can handle some teams.
Negotiating the ongoing purpose and deliverables of the test effort
Ensuring the appropriate planning and management of the test resources
Assessing the progress and effectiveness of the test effort
Advocating the appropriate level of quality by the resolution of important Defects
Advocating an appropriate level of testability focus in the software development process
Most Important Lessons
Focus on high-leverage activities.
Mentoring new hires.
Building tools and automating repetitive work.
Investing in learning and in continuously improving.
Actively prioritizing tasks based on estimated return on investment.
Holding tech talks and writing guides to bring new hires on board a team.
Pushing back on meetings without an agenda or meetings that you don’t really need to be a part of.
Spending time on interviews and improving interview processes.
Re-using what’s available rather than re-inventing the wheel.
A Fine Balance:
Time management given competing work priorities.
Keeping up with technology.
Achieving work/life balance.
Staying current with accounting regulations.
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