Vipul Kocher 

Organization – PureTesting

Role/Designation – Co-founder and Co-President

Location – NOIDA, Bangalore, UK, USA

Vipul Kocher is a person with deep and passionate interest in software testing which also happens to be his profession.  His other areas of interests are Science Fiction, Archaeology, History of Ancient Bharat, Religions. In his own words – Too many interests, too few skills.

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

A: Fifteen years

Q: How did you become a software tester?

A: From being a developer to a tester was a short Journey. I had finished my development tasks, the product was to be released and my company needed somebody who was available to do testing. I was a person at right time. That I was right person had nothing to do with it.

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

A: Only to the extent that I see lot less number of testers who are on a focussed learning path as compared to those who just don’t care about improving their testing knowledge.

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

A: It depends on the organization. For the organizations I have worked with, they valued their testers at par with other departments esp. development and valued the opinions of testers even more than developers. I have also heard of organizations which are ignorant of the value testing and testers bring.

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

A: My suggestion is that they should polish some of their skills such as communication, analytical and logical thinking skills and they should improve their knowledge of computers, operating systems, programming languages etc. While it is not necessary, it is highly desirable.

Developing an attitude of enquiry is very important as most important skill required in testing is the skill of questioning.

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

A: Where I see it today. Necessary, important and still misunderstood.

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

A: A questioning mind not easily satisfied with “authoritative” answers, an eye for details and most important of all, a will to excel.

Q: Your weekend routine?

A: No difference between weekends and weekdays most of the time. It is work, pleasure, reading a lot and a little bit of thinking. I need to reverse that – more thinking and less reading.

Q: Movie you would like to watch again?

A: There is no liking part there. If I like, I watch it. So I have no list of what I would want to watch. As far as liking is concerned I am big on Action, Science Fiction, Comedy – Hollywood as well as Indian movies (including Tamil and Telugu movies with subtitles)

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

A: I am not really a geek there. I use Twitter often and Facebook some times. I use phone and email a lot more to be connected with my friends. I hardly blog.

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