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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/

Interview with Sandeep Hiremath a.k.a Freakish Tester

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Sandeep Hiremath

Sandeep Hiremath

Sandeep Hiremath happened to write to me (Santhosh Tuppad) on LinkedIn messaging system and he wanted to meet & speak to me. The moment I saw his message, I extracted his phone number from the web (Well, being good at elicitation; it wasn’t difficult for me to get his contact number). I called him the same night when he messaged me and I spoke to him for few minutes. Sandeep was very excited to speak to me and he mentioned, “I can sleep well now after speaking to you”. I was glad and that made me smile. Without bragging more about myself, lets get on to interview.

Sandeep, Please introduce yourself!

My full name is Sandeep Kumar Hiremath. I belong to a town named Gadag,Karnataka. I hold a degree in Computer Applications. My father is a Bank employee so we used to travel to different places for every 3 years because of my father’s transfers. For Every 3 years, new school, new friends, new people, new town, so gradually I became to act like a liquid, put me in any jar I will get adjusted to it. Speaking about my education, I was an average student at studies. I was not much serious about academics because I wanted to learn everything practically.

I started my career from a BPO as a Technical Support Executive. I left that job because I wanted to do something amazing. With the influence of my girlfriend, I got introduced into a new world called Software Testing. I did a certification in Software Testing. Later I realized the certification, which I did is just like the entrance ticket to get into an MNC or a CMMI Level 5 Company. And I got a chance to do Software Testing in an MNC. I hated that job; it is more of doing a data entry than Software Testing. There I used to have a checklist and my job is to just check marking as pass or fail. I did that job for 6 months and I was bored so, I left the job. Again, I joined another company and I have been offered better salary. But again same problem Checklist! I left that job. After that I went to so many interviews, at the end of the interview I used to ask them if they used ONLY checklist for testing (In actual, I mean checking)? Their answer was “Yes”! I rejected the jobs before they offer me.

Sandeep Kumar Hiremath

The guy on the left hand side to you is Sandeep.

Why were you interested to join Test Insane while you could have got good paying job elsewhere?

The salary is not important for me, of course I need money for my desires, but not for doing what I don’t want to do. Money is a waste when you are not happy by having money. I don’t want to work for money I work to be Happy and to have Fun. I don’t want to get paid to be anyone’s slave. I am a fan of one dialogue, “if you know something, never do it for free.”

I wanted to be in a place where I will be surrounded by the people who have a passion to do something amazing, who are experts in what they do and who rock at the workplace where, you will be never getting bored. This is a unique workplace where, only skills and passion matters! No marks cards, no certifications no experience letters. The best thing is working is fun. You get Freedom which the most important aspect for an employee to be more productive. In TestInsane I feel like I am not in office, I am in my room / restaurant / bar / park with my friends. I did not see any companies who offer a FREEDOM & BEER for their employees while discussing things about work, but TestInsane does. Isn’t that amazing?


What are your hobbies?

I am a Carrom Board lover, I love to watch Sherlock Holmes serials/movies, and I love to travel. I blog on software testing at http://freakishtester.blogspot.in/

How do you know Software Testing is your passion?

I don’t know, but nothing else came to my mind. I did not think anything till now apart from Software Testing. I left jobs because, I felt the way I am testing is not proper testing. I was worried about the way I was doing my work; I think this is what passion is. Normally I don’t worry about things which I don’t care, and things which I care about being very close to my heart.

While we and you know money is important, do you think money can hold you back from doing what you love to?

Of course money is important to survive and to full fill our desires, but money can’t stop me to do what I love to do. Money is just a thing which is created by human beings, it’s artificial. Doing what I love to do is my choice. I remember one quote here,“The Richest person is not the Happiest person; the Happiest person is the Richest person!” doing what I love to do gives me more happiness. So, money can’t hold me back from doing what I love to do.

In 1 year from now, how do you see yourself as a software tester?

I would like to see myself as a better tester. I would like to be an expert in Software testing. I want to see myself on a stage as a speaker on Software Testing. I want to rock at my work.

What do you love about Test Insane? Is there anything that you hate about Test Insane?

I love the name TestInsane. I love being Insane. I can be “ME” here. I don’t have to be so formal or so artificial. I love the atmosphere of TestInsane. I get lots of new things to learn. I love the Freedom in TestInsane. No, I don’t have anything which I hate in TestInsane.

How do you feel about other team members at Test Insane? How do they treat you?

They are cool and cool. Sandeep Tuppad and Karthik Kini are experts in their work. Sandeep Tuppad is a Core techie and he is also an adventurous mountaineer. Karthik Kini is a Developer in Test, expert in Web technology and I see a smileyJ on his face all the time, most of the time he speaks in Technical language, most of the times I struggle to understand that language. Well, I am interested to learn that language from him so that I can communicate better with computers J

What does your gut-feeling communicate about you leaving Test Insane? When do you plan to leave if you already have a date in mind? If not, why do you feel you will not quit Test Insane?

This is an easy question for me. I stopped thinking negative. When I am in a place where there is a lot of optimism in me, and where is a lot of things to learn in one place, why should I think about leaving? Well, I don’t have any thoughts to leave TestInsane. Because I feel I am having fun by working. I feel I am doing what I love to do. I am learning daily which is good for me. I am in a company which I always dream about. I got what I wanted; now I don’t want to lose this. I would like to move forward together as a team like Fast and Furious by Racing at work and doing crazy amazing things!

Few words about “Our Founder – Santhosh Tuppad”?

Santhosh Tuppad. Just Google this name :) I know Santhosh Tuppad as a Hacker, Software Tester, Exploratory Tester, Security Testing Expert, Blogger, Speaker.  First of all I would like to thank him for giving me the opportunity to be in his team. To me he is a mentor, guide, guru, friend, philosopher, teacher, trainer, and Baba 😉 I like the way he lives his life. As long as I have seen him I noticed some qualities in him. He does what he loves. Santhosh Tuppad follows his heart. He never restricts himself by doing what he wants to do and nothing can stop him to do what he wants to do. He doesn’t wait for opportunity he creates one. Very broad and open minded person also he is very straight forward. Santhosh Tuppad is Inimitable.

We wish Sandeep Hiremath an insane career path with Test Insane and we take pledge in making him a testing celebrity while he practices more and more to test better. Follow him on Twitter @FreakishTester