Up Close With Senior Software Test Engineer Lalit Bhamare: 5 Testing Questions with Lalit Bhamare



Ever wondered how the most interesting people started their journey in software testing? Or what were the challenges they had to face?

These five polygraph testing questions given below were asked from Lalit Bhamare who is a very popular Senior Software Test Engineer at XING AG and also one of the founders and editors of "Tea Time With Testers", one of the most respected magazines in the testing domain.

Lalit specializes in testing skills and test management, teaching testing, and providing testing-related solutions to project teams.


Here are the 5 GED testing questions with Lalit Bhamare

 

1. How did you start your journey in the world of testing?

I was a software tester by profession and always wanted to work with machines. In 3rd year of my engineering studies, I received an offer from an IT consulting giant. I accepted the offer thinking that job will help me with my plans for higher studies. And there it all began. After intense training on programming using Java, I was offered to work as a test automation engineer for one of the major clients.


 

And then after 6 months, a new testing team was being formed for a recently received project and my senior recommended that I should join, set things up and lead it. In that team, I got the chance to work, learn and lead some of the best testers I have worked with. 

For my industry experience, this position was new for me but I like challenges and in my I attempt to become a better tester and leader I came in contact with some of the great minds like James Bach, Michael Bolton, Jerry Weinburg, and Dr. Meeta Prakash. All these people had a great impact on me and then I realized that my passion lies more within testing and anything else and since that time I am working as a software tester happily.

2. According to you, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities for testers today?

Well, it is just for today. Challenges have remained more or less similar always for the testing community but it's just that they keep evolving their nature once in a while. And then they speculate in several forms based on various contexts. For example, testers are usually at the receiving, and when change drivers come into play. They are left on their own for figuring out how to fit in a fight out. This is certainly difficult but at the same moment, it generates big opportunities for polygraph testing questions. The remarkable world of modern testing methodologies, skills, techniques, heuristics, and some tools that are used today are the result of fighting against such odds in my opinion.

One more thing that I would like to highlight is that advancements like AI, VR, machine learning, mobile technologies, wearables, etc, and improvements in tools assist in testing the tester’s ability for thinking beyond the box, and skills they possess are challenged like never before. It could reach a point where the survival and significance of bad testers will be challenged. They'll still outnumber modern testers thinking that they might once again lead to add discussion in the industry whether testers are required or not.

The result of all these conditions altogether is what I see as one of the biggest challenges for testers today.

It will be very fascinating to see what testers do to fit in a fight it out this time and what modifications the testing community gets permitted with as its outcome.

3. Do you have any funny or interesting anecdotes to share with our readers about roadway in the world of software testing or in general on testing?

While attending the Agile Testing Days conference the previous year I met a lot of new testers whom I have never met before. While talking about GED testing questions and trying to solve some TEAS testing questions I recommended one of the testers some articles from the Tea Time With Testers magazine and share those with her via my email ID. While discussing articles and magazines for some time when we were about to call it a day when she noticed my email id and asked "Are you the same Lalit who runs this magazine? I know you of course but I am unable to recognize you" and then we talked for a few hours more. At the same conference I was discussing something with an expert I never met in person before. On the flow, I forgot to introduce myself so I did it towards the end of our discussion. She then said that she knew me already and admired my work.

This was the first conference I visited in Europe and was honestly not anticipating many people I met for the first time to know me already. The realization from the work you do from one corner of the world gets mentioned across different parts of the world when you expect at least and it was a very interesting experience for me. It is also said about how awesome the testing community is. So if you are contributing to it you are most likely to get things back in surprising ways.

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4. What is the one piece of advice you would give to any tester starting their way today?

"Make courage, curiosity, and conviction and you shall do good".

5. How do you believe the software testing world will look like in 5 to 10 years? What will be different and what will be the same?

I am afraid that I am not the most qualified person to answer this. Before 5 years I thought that typical test case factories that mostly produced test zombies would be gone by now. But perversely, they still exist maybe not as big volume as in past. With that said I think the testing world won't be too much different than it is today. Of course, there will be new techniques, tools, and methods for solving problems of new times but conventional testing will continue to coexist for whatever reasons.

The challenges faced today will most probably reappear in complex forms and terms but the end result of all will be the same. There may be no role or job title called tester as it is today but the expertise, skill, and mindset required will become a minimum expectation from people working with the software. TEAS testing questions will remain about investigating and advocating quality but new conditions may lead one to go the extra mile and create value with multi-disciplinary skills.