Vipul Gupta 

Organization – Impetus (www.impetus.com)

Role/Designation – Sr. Test Architect

Location – NOIDA, India

Vipul Gupta leads the Test Engineering R&D at Impetus Labs. Vipul is an active contributor to various online testing forums and a regular speaker at testing conferences in India and the US. He loves to spend time with his four- year-old son and learn from him.

Q: How long have you been associated with software testing?

A: Twelve years

Q: How did you become a software tester?

A: Since the beginning I have taught myself: “Testing is tough, if it was easy developers would do it”. In the initial days I was asked to be a developer, but I remained steadfast on becoming a tester. So, it was more of a choice than circumstances.

Q: By any means, do you regret being associated with software testing?

A: No way. It is the only stream that enables delivery of better and reliable software, irrespective of underlying technology.

Q: Do you think software testing is less respected than other departments in IT industry?

A: It is actually incorrect to blame others for the state of testing/tester in any organisation. If a tester or testing team is bringing value to the organisation in terms of their business needs, no one would ever dare to underplay software testing. Till date, I have been lucky to be associated with companies that value their testers.

Q: What will you suggest to people who want to join IT industry as software testers?

A: Testers play a very important role in any product team. My suggestion for aspiring software testers is to imbibe the right mix of behavioural and technical skills. The technical skills (viz. OS, programming languages, architecture) will help them understand, design and execute the right set of test cases for the system under test and the behavioural skills (viz. attitude, communication and compassion) will earn them respect in the team.

Q: Where do you see software testing in next five years?

A: Software testing is here to stay but will be more challenging in the days to come. Continuous integration, Mobile platform and Cloud have already started demanding change in existing testing solutions. Companies need more comprehensive solutions that can take care of their end-to-end testing needs. Open source will play a pivotal role in supplying the tools to meet these demands. Apart from it, developers and testers will also need to collaborate more effectively so as to ensure the right areas are getting tested.

Q: What qualities will you look for in a candidate when you want to recruit someone for software testing job?

A: With technical skills I also look for passion towards testing, Ideas developed through practical thinking and eagerness to learn more.

Q: Your weekend routine?

A: My weekends are mostly lazy from work perspective and are driven by my family’s wishes. Be it Cinema at a nearby mall, cartoons at home or a long drive to some nice place near NCR, it helps me recharge myself for the upcoming week.

Q: Movie you would like to watch again?

A: Avatar

Q: “I am a social networking site geek” Or “I hate facebook /orkut / twitter”?

A: I think it will be incorrect to call me ‘geek’ over here. I use Twitter/facebook/linkedin in my leisure time to connect with my friends and to keep myself abreast with the latest changes in the world around me.

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