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INDIA TESTING AWARDS: TestInsane is TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015

We always knew that we were doing great work in software testing as a start-up and we believed in our work. I happened to receive call from Unicom and also an e-mail about the nomination of TestInsane for “Testing start-up of the year 2015” category. I did not respond to the e-mail, but again I received a call from Unicom to know about my decision. I spoke to one of the person from Unicom and I said, “We don’t want to participate in this because we already know that we are insanely awesome in our work and wouldn’t be nice if we don’t win the award”. But, again I gave it a thought and said “YES” for the nomination. We had to talk about our various work at TestInsane so that the jury members could decide on one winner. I was pretty confident that we shall win this award for sure because we had done great work for our customers and also software testing community in terms of open-source contribution by developing apps for testers to help them test better.

And on the day 24-July-2015, at 1700 hours India Testing Awards 2015 event started. It started with awards for various people in different categories of awards and when the time was to announce “TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015”, I could feel goosebumps when TestInsane was announced as winner. I was very happy to receive this award and also we were very quick in getting here.

Thank you Unicom & Next Gen Testing for this award. This is special for us. We continue to do great work and amaze the world. Keep showing us the love :-)

Last, but not least I thank all our team members for making us capable of getting this award. Special thanks to Karthik Kini, Sandeep Tuppad and Ajay S Menon. We are awesome as a cool team.

Below are some pictures taken by me :-)

 

TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015 Award

TestInsane - TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015

TestInsane – TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015 (Srinivas on the left is our sales bragger) And the beard guy is Santhosh Tuppad!

TestInsane is the TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015

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.

SOFTWARE TESTING COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION – 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

We started our journey during April 2014 and we went through lots of changes in the way we were working due to whatsoever reasons. There were boring days and at the end of the day there is no sense of accomplishment after sitting at office for 8 hours and doing something which did not make us happy. Some people joined our team initially and they left us for good. There were non-technical problems and I never wanted to spend time on non-technical part more compared to technical part of running a tech start-up. The good thing is, I always fixed the problems right-away and instructed the team to do focus on technical things, innovation and more while I take care of things that are under my control. Thereafter, we knew what we had to do collectively as a team and rock the Software Testing space.

No projects, NO BIG DEAL!

We did not have projects for many months, maybe time was the answer. Instead of cribbing about “we are not getting projects”, we said, “FUCK, let us start with some in-house projects and then started to brainstorm“. We started feeling happy and awesome about that time we spend at our startup. An idea hit us and that was, “How about open-source / freeware for software testers around the globe?” And we were like, “That’s kick-ass stuff!” Let us do it. Our rock-star developers started working on building open source apps and then we started to release them under MIT license. We do not like * (conditions apply) when its open-source / free.

Our team-members & contributors

We kick-started our journey with our first utility developed in python and that was HCE (HTML parser / HTML comment extractor). It was developed by our C, Python, and Java programmer Sandeep Tuppad. He loves neat code and with his support, we were able to release our first utility as open-source on web.

 Test Insane - Software Testing Community Contribution 2014 and 2015

Test Insane – Software Testing Community Contribution 2014 and 2015

Later, it was a surprise when our rock-star developer Karthik Kini (The C# and the Web guy) developed RTE (RestFul Test Endpoints) and said, “Hey Santhosh, here is something I have developed and we can offer as micro-service to the world which could help developers / testers to test”. And I was like, “INSANE”.

And the BIG thing of 2014 was on the way and that was an idea about “Developing software testing mind-maps and uploading them on our own platform of mind-maps repository”. Karthik Kini being the Web Guy was agile in developing the platform and then we invited / requested testers around the world to contribute. Today, we have 100+ mind-maps and 16+ contributors who develop the testing mind-maps and then we upload them in MindMaps repository.

What’s up with 2015?

We have realized that, it is time to make MONEY now & we halt these activities it is not ONE TIME activity, but a journey where we keep contributing to the Software Testing community. The simple reason is, we love the journey of being happy in our life and contributing to the testing community in terms of open-source apps, freebies makes us feel insanely happy!

Watch out for more in 2015! We are going to explode enormously in 2015 in terms of community contribution.

Follow @testinsaneapps to keep up with the insane updates. We don’t mind if you want to follow our Facebook page as well.

Software Testing MindMaps For The World

Software Testing Mindmaps

We would love to start this blog post by thanking Mr. Tony Buzan who showcased the concept of mind-mapping to the world. We do not want to hype the usage of mind-maps in our testing activity, we see it as good way in specific contexts without comparing to any other way of doing it. It is a gut-feeling of our test team with which they feel they can do great with usage of mind-maps. Be it developing a test strategy for a software or be it using mind-maps for test coverage. One of the beautiful thing about our mind-maps is, we do not allow them to die; we keep them alive by adding more nodes or ideas as and when we get. Mind-map without great content or data is not great! We believe that, the content need to have value while the presentation also needs to rock for the projects that we undertake.

Why do we say “Testing Mindmaps For The World”? Good News!

We were just thinking about, open source tools or utilities that exist in this world; and a thought sparked in our brain circuit and we said, “Why not develop mind-maps in testing across various topics and make them downloadable”. When we say, “downloadable” it doesn’t only mean that you can download READ only format which is the image format, but also the source file which you can edit based on your project context (Example: *.xmind). This is our third contribution to the testing community and it is OPEN SOURCE. We wanted to give out completely without conditions. We love unconditional love.
Software Testing Mindmaps

THE IDEA & THE PROGRESS

Building Web-based Application For The Mindmaps Repository

Our team member Karthik Kini started the work on building the web application where we can upload the mind-maps and people can download the mind-maps. We came up with the wishlist feature set like,

  • Mind-map categories like usability testing, healthcare, BFSI testing, accessibility testing, security testing, UI / UX testing and more.
  • Search filters like Most downloaded, most viewed, latest etc.
  • We needed comment feature as well where visitors could add comment which may be “Awesome”, “Thanks for this mind-map”, “It sucks”, “This rocks” and whatever they intend to. Also, not only these kind of comments; but they could initiate the discussion also on the mind-map nodes which could be “Hashing”, or “Encryption” etc.

 

Where’s the data? (Mindmaps)

Now, you learned about the web application platform for mind-maps; but the question is about where do we start with mind-maps creation of various topics? Here is something insane that we came up with, “We would die soon if we did not have the commitment to keep this platform alive, so we need to dedicate some time in a week so that we are continuously contributing to the community”. Now, this being open source; even people around the world can contribute however, there would be moderation to keep the things neat and maintain the quality. As we still do not know how many people would contribute around the globe, we said to ourselves, “We do not have control on others, but ourselves! So, let us have the commitment and dedicate some time in every week for some mind-maps and the beautiful thing about this is, we will learn a lot while we are creating mind-maps based on various subjects”. Thanks to our team member Jyothi Rangaiah for heading the mind-maps creation activity on various topics of her interest for the launch. Not to forget our other supporters / contributors for the launch, and they are Jasmeet Singh & Mohit Verma. So, now you know how the data gets pumped into our mind-map web app repository.

What Next?

Visit our mind-maps repository at http://apps.testinsane.com/mindmaps/ and start browsing and downloading. We are providing MIT license and that means you could do anything with the source that you download.

CREDITS

We do not have control on how the world will use it and whether it will give credits to Test Insane and its contributors. Or people will just use their name by faking without mentioning the credits. So, we can say only one thing and that is, “We have put our efforts to give this to the world before we die! And we request you to mention us and the team wherever possible”. We love to owe credits and even receive them!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED WITH US?

Write to welovetohelp@apps.testinsane.com and we can talk further!