Corruption Season -3
Continued Corruption...at unimaginable heights
I could not believe it when I read it first. I re-read it… and read it again. These folks at testing circus put out that advertisement for “weekend testing” right below the “fake tester’s column”. I wonder why.
Well, last month, I told you the story of corruption in our world of testing. I had written about how a manager bribed me with an onsite opportunity if I refused to log a defect and in the last month, I wrote about the story of the god man that looked out for their own kind. And this week, there's an even more interesting story of a large term corruption in Information Technology.
And this week, it's the true story of a person who has the name of an all-conquering emperor.
This person obtained a name for himself in the movie industry. Then, over time, he established himself as a top-hero. And he moved on to politics, became a minister. Set his eyes on software, on software testing.
Being smart, he understood that more than a billion dollars is spent annually on software testing in India. And he started software testing consulting company. His software company is a company that loans testers to you whenever you need projects completed. A simple body shopping company that makes money using testers. How does it operate? Here's how.
7 steps to success
STEP 1:- Create a connection between himself & the top vice presidents across all top IT companies. He does this by sending them invitations to his movies and his dance shows.
STEP 2:- Having established the nexus, he tell these vice presidents in a very nice way that he'd be able to clear their bureaucratic obstacles, whenever they face some.
STEP 3:- For example, if the company is stuck with importing in customs, wants to open a new facility and need land, want floor space at a cheap cost in any of those IT buildings that you keep seeing, want favors while moving from STZ to STP or such, they give him a call.
STEP 4:- This guy resolves the problems for them. Whatever be the case, he personally sites on all such cases and talks to the top level people to get their issues resolved. His name never appears on any paper since he uses his influences in the right way to get the problems solved.
STEP 5:- His reward? These VPs have to ensure that they give him 20% of the project cost. Well, this does not come in the form of party contributions or in any such format. How does this money flow in? Read below
STEP 6:- These VPs give their teams a mandate to hire people from the emperor’s company and pay him 20% of the project cost.
STEP 7:- These people that he hires are called testers. They don't know anything much and can never be productive. They are hired at very low pay and their only usage in life is to act as an agent by which money can be transferred to this guy
And this testing company is doing really well. And this model has worked for him. No one can lay a finger on him, or call this model as a model that's anywhere close to corruption.
Who's the king and what's the company that he runs? If you are familiar with the Tamil movie industry, it should be very easy for you to Google and find out. I assume that we have a lot of expert Google Search experts than "expert testers" among us.
That concludes my corruption eruption set of stories. But I am sure that you would have your own stories to share. What I want people to realize was that it's not possible for a world to exist, where there's no corruption at all. How sad.
And at the end of it all, we think that we all work in a world where's there's no corruption, malice and where everyone's very honest. Ignorance or Impertinence? I don't know... you tell me.