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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.

A fresh mind joins Test Insane to help it grow insanely!

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Pranav KS is our new team member who joins us to add value to our team. The beautiful point about Pranav is, he spoke about his technical experiences related to web apps and mobile apps, and that was found as very impressive by me (Santhosh Tuppad). Let him speak for himself while we interview him here on our blog.

Please introduce yourself

Hi! I am Pranav. I am from a vibrant town called Salem, Tamil Nadu where I completed all my schooling and graduation. I did my schooling in a renowned school, Golden Gates and I am a computer science graduate. My dad is an enthusiastic business man running a readymade garment Pranav KS Joins Test Insane Technologiesshowroom in Salem.  Mom also involved in same business. I have one elder sister working as software tester in a leading MNC  . I like practical learning than theoretical so my mark in practical exam were much higher than theory. I started my career as a technical recruiter in a CMM Level 5 company though the job was interesting it was not my passion because I felt that there was less learning in the job and it was a night shift which didn’t suit me. My sister job nature as a tester inspired me to this testing field.

Why were you interested to join Test Insane while you could have got good paying job elsewhere?
Testinsane is an innovative concern, catering to my passion testing. Money is vital but freedom and passion matter the most for me. In TestInsane I get to learn many interesting things of my passion. In TestInsane, the work atmosphere is very friendly and cordial and I never feel that I am doing something difficult. I get a feeling that I am sitting in front of desktop in my home. TestInsane is filled with many young and innovative minds which make me feel energetic. So  TestInsane is the right place for me.

What are your hobbies?
I love to play mobile games were I can learn many things such as Cisco NetInvader. I love to  travel and explore different parts of the world . I like to read tech news and keep myself updated about latest technologies and I also love to play table tennis with friends.
How do you know Software Testing is your passion?
Since my childhood I love to meddle with things for instance when I was a child I repaired a digital clock just my removing it parts and doing some changes without knowing the exact functioning of the clock fortunately the clock starting working so I feel  testing is my passion which is similar to meddling with software. While testing something I never get bored I feel like I am playing table tennis. Testing sound very interesting to me so it my passion.

While we and you know money is important, do you think money can hold you back from doing what you love to?
Yes money is important to fulfill by day to day needs but happiness is more important there is quote “Money has never made man happy”. Money can never stop me from doing things what I love because it doesn’t give me happiness and satisfaction.
In 1 year from now, how do you see yourself as a software tester?
In 1 year from now I see myself as an expert well versed in testing. I like to see myself presenting international conference in software testing, around the world. I would also like to give a new dimension to testing field, unexplored by others.

What do you love about Test Insane? Is there anything that you hate about Test Insane?
I love the work environment of test insane it is pretty unusual which make it insane . At TestInsane, I am given the freedom to take decision and there are no hard and fast rules, rankings etc. the methodologies in TestInsane are unique which I love very much. There is nothing I hate about TestInsane.

How do you feel about other team members at Test Insane? How do they treat you?
They are very friendly and cordially always there to guide me and help me out.  They don’t show any seniority and they give equal importance to everyone.

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?
Doing what I want to do I would never think of leaving TestInsane such a thought hasn’t come to my mind. Exploiting the field I love without any restriction is the reason behind me not leaving TestInsane. I look TestInsane as a gold mine which would take me places and achieve new heights together as a team

Few words about “Our Founder – Santhosh Tuppad”?
Santhosh Tuppad looks at the world in a different dimension. For instance my interview with him at coffee day tells how different he is. He respects people who take decision by themselves. He lives in the present doesn’t think about past and further. Santhosh Tuppad is an expert in security testing, blogging, hacking, and he is a vibrant speaker.  I see him as an icon, dada who would like to help people craft their further in a different way. I would thank him for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be a part of his unique team.  Santhosh Tuppad is incomparable which makes him idol.

We are proud to have Pranav KS in our team. While he adds value to our test team, we make sure that we help him every way to become happy in his life through his learning, thought process and finally loving himself for what he is as “Being You” is highly respected at TestInsane.