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I sell passionately because I am happy!

Srinivas Bharadwaj - Head of Sales at TestInsane

Srinivas Bharadwaj – Head of Sales at TestInsane

Well, I had been planning to join a start-up after the break, I had taken a break to take care of my 8 months old daughter. I shortlisted about 3 to 4 startups. The most receptive of all was Test Insane. By the way I called up a phone number mentioned on the website of Test Insane & decided to talk to someone inside the organization, the call was picked up by Santhosh Tuppad & I was amazed to talk to him from the start.

Santhosh Tuppad said, let’s meet at the coffee day & see if we can relate to each other in relevant terms. As the time passed by during the conversation (say like 2 hours or more), we were inching towards the closure of working together of not building a business empire & generating millions of revenue, but being happy in what we love to do. The conversation of course; was never that of an interview sort but on a front where we could find mutual areas of interest in achieving small goals not by creating pressure/friction, but doing things very passionately.

My experience as Head of Sales is awesome & have been able to balance professional & personal life perfectly. In fact, I need to be more thankful to Santhosh Tuppad who has created the kind of culture (not work culture) to deliver 100% when you are delivering and do not do anything when 99% fit. We never feel we are at a workplace & we do not look at time like which week of the day it is while we start to office. That’s culture (not work culture) again. We have never a lost a deal because of pricing till date & technically qualified throughout the bids we participated. I hope by god’s grace and efforts we move a forward and be happy like we are today! At the end of the day if you are not happy at workplace, you should not be working there anymore. Because you spend 30% to 40% of the lifetime before retiring from work at the workplace and definitely will show in a catastrophic way in your personal life and will kill your potential.

Shrinivas Bharadwaj - Sales Bragger at TestInsane

Shrinivas Bharadwaj – Sales Bragger at TestInsane

The gradient seems enormous in terms of learning to accelerate a start-up. The moment we were declared as the testing start-up of 2015, we started more aggressively selling our testing services. The way of approach has a lot to do with results of individuals and organizations. To be honest, it has been overwhelming to me since the time I have joined TestInsane. There were many times when we could not serve the customers. And that’s not for lack of skills, but for time constraints with multiple projects and we were happy with the decisions we made (We believe that whatever we do is out of happiness factor).

Some more bragging goes here J
I was working for couple of MNC’s that help me grow as true sales individual and I feel honoured to be up there in MNC’s, but TestInsane’s DNA/perspective lives in the fact the motivation has to be from within, typically reaching out to CEO, getting things delivered in a nimble way and decision making was real fast with respect to any deals. The time given to understand a business model, derive a new business model & delivery business in a way is truly appreciated. Test Insane is one place I remember you can reach out to anyone at any time and say, “I need to catch up right now to discuss and is well accepted with the culture”. Many people drive business and be happy, but here we derive happiness and drive business which is a unique kind of culture. Till date, we have never lost any deal by being too expensive to the customer; which we many a times state to the customer — You quote, You win. Every time a customer has asked for price quote we have given the customer options that would suit their estimates. We always told the customer we believe in a philosophy — You grow, we grow. Else there is no fun in business. The kind of flexibility you need here is overflowing in the culture & join us if you need to achieve great things by being happy.

Lastly, if you need your software to ROCK; we are here to help you with our testing services by adding value through our awesome kick-ass tests which will help you to make informed decision in terms of going live or not. We love you! More soon J

My journey to become wacky tester has begun!

While I started my career as a Tester, I thought  I wanted to be unique from others but I knew I had to go miles for that, but I didn’t lose hope. I started surfing through the web and I went  through the blogs of some famous Testers. Finally, I found someone interesting; yeah that was Mr. James Bach. I browsed his blog and found it as interesting and impressive.

On that day, I came to know there were lot of things I have to learn apart from the things what I had done so far on Testing. I was interested to learn about the new concepts in Software Testing like Rapid Software Testing,Context Driven Testing.

That was the  time I felt I was lucky I noticed the Skype ID of Satisfice INC. In addition to that, I also happen to find James Bach’s Skype ID too. I was excited and requested him to add me in his contacts and waited for the response. Yeah, finally I was connected with James Bach. I was really happy and I thought that I attained the first step of success.

Suganthi SelvaKumar

Suganthi SelvaKumar

Then I discussed with James about what actually Testing was? Then James explained some concepts like Mental-Model approach and Oracle-Problem solving method. James introduced me some famous Indian women Testers like Parimala Hariprasad and Smita Mishra. Not to forget that he also mentioned about Lalit Kumar Bhamare. And also he shared the articles with me which he has published. Thereafter, I decided in order to attain my uniqueness, this is the correct time that I have to go for a better team to work with which will add value to my life as a software tester.

After that, I decided to quit my job from my current company and planned to move to an start-up which will add value to my future. I discussed about this with James Bach, then he introduced me to Test Insane and spoke about Santhosh Tuppad, provided with the Skype ID of Santhosh Tuppad. I surfed about Test Insane, and then I was interested on watching their mindmapping approach and Heuristic table of testing. They gave importance to the skills of a tester and the kind of values they live by was fascinating. I decided that TestInsane was a perfect testing start-up in which I can be able to learn a lot of things that will add value to my knowledge and can explore my ideas in testing the software better.

Then immediately, I approached Santhosh Tuppad and showcased my interest in being part of Test insane and finally Santhosh Tuppad provided me an opportunity to work with TestInsane. Yeah, am an member of Test insane now I felt happy on writing this.

My first day experience was different because while entering into TestInsane itself I found out that Test insane was not like other organizations, but unique. From my first day itself I came to know a lot of new things from Santhosh Tuppad like Mind map approach and Heuristic Table of Testing, he explained with clear examples. Now, am interested in the processes of creating the mindmap approaches. I am sure that Santhosh and his team will guide me in  best way to attain my success. Working with Test insane will be the second step of my Success. I would like to mention that Santhosh Tuppad is great in thinking differently & in a unique way. And I am very much sure that TestInsane will help me become a better tester through this journey. Thanks James and Santhosh.

This was the perfect moment that I started my career with Test insane and it added the confidence in me that I will be a unique tester who provides a best Quality Assurance testing services to the software and be a freethinker with indomitable spirit.

Being creative is not just about colors or decoration

We welcome Ajay S Menon as our Creative Head who would be responsible for our social media fan pages creatives, our magazine ads, our comics and stories & much more! He brings in a lot of value with respect to creative designs and we as a TestInsane always love to rock our work in world-class fashion. That’s why at times we call ourselves as Computer Engineers with Diversity across various skill-set which adds value to our start-up to progress efficiently.

Ajay S Menon - Creative Head Of TestInsane

Ajay S Menon – Creative Head Of TestInsane

Without much ado, we wanted to interview him and publish the story here in our blog.

#1 Ajay, please share your story in your own words about “How you felt when you spoke to TestInsane about the work and how do you feel today?” Did you make a great decision back then to work with TestInsane?
I was referred to Santhosh Tuppad by someone else in my contacts. I went in with good set of mind  to TestInsane office even though it was an IT company (I mention about “though” keyword because I used to believe corporate clients who are in services industry are boring with creative designs). Most of the corporate clients require normal creatives and I unfortunately don’t like to do such creatives and therefore had mixed feelingsin terms of working with TestInsane. Nevertheless, once I communicated with Santhosh Tuppad; I realized that he needs out of the box creatives and is bored to death when he looks at boring ones like other corporate companies do.

After listening to his ideas and suggestions on the type of creatives he needed, I got enthusiasm to work along with him. Its been a year now and its hard for me to believe that time just flew by with such cool work and happiness. Personally, I am happy with 90% of work and 10% was noise due to whatsoever reasons and I take that blame on myself 😉

#2 How do you feel about “Culture” aspect of TestInsane?
Enthusiastic, Fun, Innovative, Motivational and Rocking People. Period!

#3 Where do you want to take your creative skills in the coming near future or long term?
I want to try something new always and have been doing that over a year and will keep continue doing it. Santhosh Tuppad has given me a platform to take my creatives to next creative level.

#4 Do you get bored or excited when Santhosh Tuppad speaks to you about the work? How do you feel. Would love to listen to elaborated details!
Yes, I get really HIGH as he gives me enough freedom in developing creatives. To him its all about freedom and that’s the cool part & a reason for me to work with him. We both are insane in that way!

#5 Would you always love to work with TestInsane which will help TestInsane to go to the newer heights in terms of happiness?
YES, YES & YES! As long as he believes that my work is awesome, I will be proud to be working for TestInsane as Creative Head. Anyways, when they go bad he would surely pump in energy into me to do awesome again. In that way, there is no way we would discontinue to work.

#6 What do you think is missing in most of the corporate companies with respect to creative designs? Does it seem boring to you? If yes, why?
Most of the companies hire creative designers and don’t want them to be creative J That’s unfortunate! Yes, I have less knowledge & experience and I might be wrong. Nevertheless I have faced problems during my work with the companies in my past and also even at the companies where I attended interview.

Ajay says, “I ain’t a puppet. I’m a designer who wants to make this dreadful world beautiful with my creative.”

I (Santhosh Tuppad) would like to thank Ajay S Menon for his services to Test Insane and we are expanding our business with him in terms of creative work. He just rocks and I feel great to work with him. I am proud.

WORLD CANNOT IGNORE US

Its been very short time since we started. We never thought that world would start loving us and hating us for what we are doing. We have lovers and haters around the world. Yes, we say that in very much BOLD way. Many people around us doubted us, they thought we are foolish and stupid enough to be running a startup like Test Insane. We thank our lovers and haters both, because you motivate us and you push to our limits in terms of contributing to the Software Testing world and community. And every time you push us to reach the limits, we say —

FUCK, let’s increase our limits to do more insanely fucking awesome.

Many people told us, “Run your startup in this way and you can make more money”. And I was like, “I did not start Test Insane along with my cool team members to chase money, I know why I started!” We are here to shake the brains of Software Testing community with our work. If we wanted to make MONEY, we wouldn’t have chosen our PASSION; but anything else which could be our cash cow. HELL with the MONEY, we are here for a REASON and that REASON is “BEING HAPPY BY DOING WHAT WE LOVE TO” and that’s our vision. We love simple things in life and we wanted a simple vision. People laughed at us for the kind of vision we had, but that was funny for us because “It is our vision and that vision is not about people”. Period!

 

WHY DO WE EXIST?

  • We love to push the human race forward.
  • We want to make the lives better around us.
  • We want to give back to the testing community through our open source contribution.
  • We believe that we can do awesome when we have freedom.
  • We believe that the world is beautiful with LOVE
  • We love to share the love and that’s when we are happy!
  • We exist because we believe that we will be GREAT and we do not want to be AVERAGE!
  • We exist because it is not ONLY about Testing for us, it is about LIVING to the FULLEST!
  • Because there is so much sloppy testing in this world that only knows to make MONEY!
  • We exist because TECHNOLOGY seduces us.
  • We believe that there are no game changers, but game creators. We are here to create.
  • We exist because of the simple reason that WE EXIST and WE SHOUT LOUDER.

 

In short, world cannot ignore us no matter they love us or hate us. Because we are UNSTOPPABLE in terms of great work which we do. We are not just doers, but enablers.

Want to work with us? Got insanity? Visit our careers page.

Its been just 1 month and it looks like 1 year of learning!

I am a newbie tester (Not so newbie at this moment because I have made significant progress in my learning) and explorer exploring many things and enjoying testing at Test Insane. Test Insane is a cool and lovely place to work because the work culture is very much unique. People working here are cool, freedom is given to me to share my ideas and thoughts and there is no seniority between people, everyone are given equal priority.

At Test Insane, I am trained by Santhosh Tuppad and Sandeep Tuppad. Both are really kind, helpful and innovative. I learn many things from them.

Santhosh Tuppad, is the Founder & Managing Director at Test Insane. He doesn’t show any ego and cares about employee’s happiness a lot. His way of training is very unique. Each thing he says will last in my brain and make me think in different ways. For instance, he used to explain about a tool that would be useful for testing an product and will ask us to practice using the tool, so it will make me think in different angles as how to use the tool effectively and find bugs.

On my second day at Test Insane. Santhosh asked me to edit my twitter profile since it was not good. I took it lightly and did not do it. One day in office Santhosh called me to his place, he asked me to login in to my Twitter

Pranav KS - Software Tester - Test Insane

Pranav working at TestInsane!

account using my credential. I was wondering why? After login, he asked me about my   passion and interest. He edited the details, he also asked me to follow few testing groups such as TestManiac and “Testing circus”.  He asked me to follow ten testers a day and to read their profile. I did the same. Initially, I did not understand the importance, but as days passed by I came to know about many things related to testing by reading the blog post of experienced tester and also about many tools and tips from different testing groups. It’s helping me a lot.

Santhosh gives lots of importance to status update mail which I need to send daily. He checks for spelling mistakes, punctuation and grammatical errors in it. Initially, I used to make spelling mistake, punctuation errors. I was careless, but Santhosh used to point out my mistake in the mail and he asked me to re-send it again. So, I learned how to give proper punctuation in sentence (Who would have Wren and Martin book in Testing start-up? Well, Test Insane has it and that speaks about the seriousness of Santhosh Tuppad about communication skill). I was thinking why Santhosh is focusing so much in punctuation and spacing. But, It was all for my good. He wants other people to respect me. It also helps me a lot while Bug Reporting. If I report a bug with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, it will create a bad impression on me from the client. Now, I am very careful while reporting the bugs in the bug tracker.

Everyone at Test Insane, appreciates me for every small thing which I do. Even if it is a small utility. They used to appreciate me and tell their views about it. This give me the confidence and the hunger to learn and do more.

Sandeep Tuppad, is the Vice President (Mobile Apps Testing) of Test Insane. He helps a lot to master test automation using Selenium. He used to give me challenges or tasks regarding automation. Instead of just learning from a book or training session. This way of practical learning will be very interesting, and also I get to know many things.  One day Sandeep gave me a task to create a utility to automate the process of checking brute-force attack vulnerability in the login form of any website. While creating this utility, I learned many things. I learned how to fetch data from excel sheet using java program, debugging a program using Eclipse etc. I used to create a part of the utility and show it to Sandeep, he used to tell me any modification required for the utility. After completing the utility, I was testing it on multiple websites. Fortunately, I found out a way to bypass the website that use CAPTCHA to prevent this test. While completing the challenges that Sandeep gives me, I got to know many things apart from Selenium.  This is how I am learning Selenium at Test Insane.

Test Insane has also given me an opportunity to attend meet-up conducted by TestManiac every month. One of the interesting meet-up I have attended is regarding, “Which is the most important quality criterion to be tested on a product?” By attending the meet-up, I got to know many things regarding testing. I also meet different people from various different companies and get a chance to listen about their testing experience and the methodology which they follow.

BugIT is a platform launched by Test Insane for internal purpose where testers can practice testing and report bugs which will eventually become huge database of bugs which will help newbie testers like me to learn better. It helps me a lot to stay alert and think as a tester even while browsing website and it also gives me confidence when I find a bug.

Test Insane apps help me a lot while testing. For example: Software Testing MindMaps repository is too awesome! Each mindmap in the repository of Test Insane apps is very useful. I was testing a file upload feature in a website. A mind map regarding file upload testing was very useful. Creating a mindmap before testing a product will be very helpful. Since we can keep track of all the features we have tested in a product and also our brains thinks in a connective way, so it makes it easy to remember.

My first month experience with Test Insane was cool, I learned many things and I also created my first utility. Looking forward to create more utilities that may be helpful for testing community and make great impact in Test Insane. I thank Santhosh Tuppad for giving me the opportunity.