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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lessons Learned from Pradeep Soundararajan

Chapter 1 - A Great Learning Opportunity

It was just like an ordinary day. I am working in the office doing tests, having discussions with developers & meetings etc. I was not on my desk for last two hours due to such a meeting. When I returned back I saw a message from Pradeep Sir. I was little bit amazed as I don't receive messages from him regularly so i pinged him back immediately and what he said has changed the ordinary day into special one.


Pradeep Sir was coming to Noida for a corporate workshop and he offered me to attend the workshop for free (not completely free). I was more than happy but two question were in my mind :) (Question should always be there :))

1. Why Pradeep Sir has offered me to attend his workshop on less amount?

2. What would I need to pay to attend the workshop?


But next day I got the reply of my each question.


I don't remember the exact wordings which he used but they are some thing like : Mohit, money is not a big thing. I have sufficient money, so you need not pay anything. Last time you have paid from your own pockets to attend my workshop so this is your reward from me. What I really want from you to learn, learn and learn more and try to help the testing community from your learning and this would be your fee.


I promised him to do so but couldn't do anything yet what I have promised. If I have done so then you would definitely read this article at least 15 days ago but I hope Pradeep Sir know what were the reasons for being late.


Anyway, the two days workshop from Pradeep Sir was one of the best experience.


Don't know what is best... Attending the workshop on Exploratory Testing from the country's best Exploratory Tester, Watching him doing testing, Having discussion with him over lunch or having a vodka shot after the workshop.


The workshop has started with the introduction of Pradeep Sir and ends with SBTM (Session based Test Management). In between we have spent 17 hrs learning the testing skills from one of India's best tester.


Only one blog post can not comprise the whole learning session and it would not be justified to do so I am going to post them in parts one by one. Wait for my next blog post which will discuss “Kids can do Boundary Value Analysis!!”.
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4 comments:

Parimala Shankaraiah said...

I promised him to do so but couldn't do anything yet what I have promised.

Hi Mohit,
I already think that you are treading the path towards fulfilling your promise. Great Going. Keep Going.

Happy Blogging,
Parimala Shankaraiah

Mohit said...

Thanks parimala for encouraging me :)

Pradeep Soundararajan said...

The fun with people is they might think I offered the workshop to you for free because you would write these posts. I had no clue you would do it, I just wanted to help you.

More amazing thing is what you did and not me - you left your pregant-about-to-deliver wife at home and attended my workshop hoping your child would be delayed. I am glad your mother took care of her while you were at the workshop.

Had you let me known about it - I would have made the workshop expensive enough for you to not attend it.

My best wishes to you, your wife and your new born angel.

Mohit said...

Sir,

"The fun with people is they might think I offered the workshop to you for free because you would write these posts. I had no clue you would do it, I just wanted to help you."
You have told me long time back to write for myself and not anybody else. I am trying to do the same. I write for myself and enjoy what I have written and try to improvise the things. No matter anybody read my posts or not.

"More amazing thing is what you did and not me - you left your pregant-about-to-deliver wife at home and attended my workshop hoping your child would be delayed. I am glad your mother took care of her while you were at the workshop."
- I never hoped that child would be delayed but I always hoped I would learn the things which I don't know and I was right.

"Had you let me known about it - I would have made the workshop expensive enough for you to not attend it."
- :) Thats why I didn't informed you earlier