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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.

I’m not a slave to 5 Lakhs!

A fine line differentiates ‘living’ from ‘surviving’. It’s funny how one’s life could revolve around these two words that easily make or break one’s peace of mind ‘coz they both depend merely on the choices made in life. As of today, Sandeep Hiremath a.k.a Freakish Tester at TestInsane Technologies, is living and declares that he’s not a slave to 5 lakhs!

A star software tester, an optimist and a free thinker – Sandeep Hiremath’s story would definitely  force you to reflect on whether your job is one that makes you happy or just one that makes you go on and on until one fine day you say “That’s enough, I need a break!”

Attending interviews had become a hobby of sorts for Sandeep who started off at a BPO providing technical support for Adobe and later hopped jobs between data entry and software testing while finally ending up at TestInsane, after gaining work experience for about 1.5 years. “I don’t remember there being any interview at TestInsane. I was asked 3 technical questions and then shared a casual conversation with Santhosh Tuppad (founder, TestInsane) about my likes and dislikes. Before I knew it, I was hired as an intern. Since then, life’s just been rocking!” he
recalls with a smile.

There’s a difference of worlds between working for the sake of money and working for the sake of happiness! Sandeep found his calling when, after joining TestInsane he received a call for an interview from a third party recruitment firm. Upon answering a few questions over the phone, he waited for them to get back with the result. When he finally got the call, the company (hiring for Accenture) was willing to offer him a salary of INR 5 Lakhs per annum. “When they asked me if I’d like to take it, I said ‘No’. They were shocked and asked me the reason. So, I asked them if they had any strict timings of work, if they expected the employee to abide by a particular dress code, or if they’d want me to work only from the office at all times. When their answers to all my questions were ‘Yes’, I knew then that I would never be a slave to 5 lakhs if it meant that I’d have to do the same old thing day after day and at the end just lose myself and my peace of mind. Rejecting that offer gave me the confidence to never regret having done it!”

Sandeep Hiremath

Sandeep Hiremath

From drafting simple e-mails to clients, publishing blog posts that translate his experiences at TestInsane, writing elaborate bug reports, to leading a project; it’s a learning engagement all the time which according to Sandeep has a value higher than 5 Lakhs!

“At the end of each day, it’s about enjoying a good night’s sleep,” says Sandeep, and that’s what he gets by doing what he loves the most and working at a place that lets him be who he is – a freakish tester!

Maybe it’s not always about the money, maybe it’s not always about doing the ‘right’ thing. Sometimes it’s also about listening to what you want, exploring a little and taking a few risks. If you get lucky, you might understand what it’s like to not be a ‘slave’.

TestInsane Team

TestInsane Team

For those yet to embark on their careers, instead of using Sandeep’s story as an inspiration, take it as a lesson – that it’s not necessary you need to start the conventional way. Follow what makes you happy because it’s very easy to find a well paying job but it’s equally hard to find one that makes you fall in love with what you do!

So, here’s to TestInsane’s Freakish Tester – Sandeep Hiremath – May the spirit, the love and the rockstar in you, never die!

Please See: “To know more about Sandeep Hiremath – TestInsane’s rockstar tester, visit his blog at http://freakishtester.blogspot.in/

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

TestLogue – Software Testing Stories & Comics

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TestLogue-logo

Yeah, you heard it right. We launched TestLogue as a new initiative to make it fun for the Software Testing community / Test Enthusiasts / Freshers to go through the testing stories which could be technical, inspirational, motivational etc. We believe that visuals can do a lot to just plain content. We will be releasing series of stories including technical and non-technical through TestLogue comic series.

Watch out for many more stories across various topics. Learn through TestLogue is the new slogan for people who want to learn testing. And yes, somewhere this was inspired by what Robert Sabourin’s I-Am-A-Bug J Thank you Rob for inspiring the testing community always!

TestInsane TestLogue Social Media Poster

TestInsane TestLogue Social Media Poster

You can go through the first story and we wanted to start with some history and that is our my story titled “A journey of being co-founder of Moolya to Founder of Test Insane” which I presented at Nordic Testing Days 2015 as well.

Visit TestLogue – Stories & Comics of Testing.