Saturday, 15 September 2018

Bharath Ratna Sir. M. Visvesvaraya

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The *Engineer that I knew - Bharath Ratna Sir. M. Visvesvaraya.

*A person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems.

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M Visvesvaraya was born on 15 September 1861 to a Kannada speaking Brahmin family in Muddenahalli village, in the princely state of Mysore.

After losing his father at the age of 12, Visvesvaraya had to endure a lot of hardship to continue his academics.

Some people say Sir MV would walk for over 60kms to attend United Mission School, in Bengaluru and would also sit under the street lamps to study at night.

Besides being a world-renowned civil engineer, M Visvesvaraya was the 19th Diwan of Mysore, who served between 1912 and 1918.

He was appointed as the Chief Engineer of Mysore State in 1909.

Visvesvaraya won people’s attention when he designed a flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad.

He was instrumental in developing a system to protect Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion.

M Visvesvaraya received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest honor, in 1955.

He was called the “Father of Modern Mysore State”.

He was awarded several honorary doctoral degrees including from eight universities in India.

The common people who were far removed from political aims and aspirations greeted the new Diwan with enthusiasm. Their joy reflected, as it were, the dawn of a new era. This was evident, in an eye-arresting manner, in the Mysore Representative Assembly, which Sir MV held one of the Representatives stood up, “Swami, we know you from your childhood days. Thanks to your birth, the Chickaballapur town has attained fulfillment for existing in this world.

Belief In Equality

It was the time when British officers were given highest esteem in the Mysore Kingdom and they were provided with comfortable chairs at the Mysore Durbars during Dasara whereas the Indian ministers were asked to stand or either sit on the floor. Visvesvaraya was totally against this and because of this bifurcation he stopped going to Durbars. After repeated incidents like this, the government decided to allot chairs for Indians as well.
Once a British officer wrote him a letter to arrange comfortable cushions at the Durbars to rest their feet as the height of chairs were pretty big. Visvesvaraya replied to the letter saying “The height of the chair has been reduced” He never encouraged bossism and discrimination or treating Indians ill. He brought in some changes in the government offices to treat people equal and nice.
He was surely a man of great deeds, ethics, and values. He dedicated his life to the development of modern India and is considered an eminent engineer and will always remain the Bharat Ratna.
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Remember, your work may be only to sweep a railway crossing, but it is your duty to keep it so clean that no other crossing in the world is as clean as yours.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

STeP-IN Summit 2018

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Connecting Machine Learning, AI, IoT, Blockchain and BigData together.

Having been to the previous few chapters of STeP-IN summit held in Bangalore, I looked forward to networking with the attendees and the mentors this year too.

I network to learn a different perspective which other testers hold and break any myths/biases that I hold. I continued the learning with mentors and gurus this year too who encouraged my participation and offered sound advice to continue to do more.

The first two days of the summit, I was a part of the test autothon contest which opened me to new learning about automation tools, frameworks, and approaches used to automate. We unanimously agreed that it was more an automation contest and less of a testing contest.

The program of three days had one female speaker and one female jury member, to begin with, and upon request we got another senior lady to be a part of the jury.
There is an evident need to encourage and have active participation from the women to attend, volunteer, answer the call for proposals and have their voices heard. Setting up a review and a mentoring group can help to some extent in this regard. Organizations on their part need to provide ample opportunities to the ladies who are interested to learn and provide an in-training-day so there is active participation and equal opportunities/justice served for those who are really interested.

All the jury members got an extra ticket/pass to the conference which we would share with any colleague/friend interested to learn from this experience. Due to some concerns, a friend of mine though has worked for over a decade at the same organization was unable to receive an in-training-day to attend the conference. I tried to get another friend to attend and failed in several instances as she had deadlines to be met and targeted deliveries around the same time.

On the contrary, there were two ladies one from a different city and the other from a different country who had invested in this learning and had taken the efforts to come all the way across the country and the continent to make this learning happen to them. They also showed active participation throughout the event.

Conferences are where I have met mentors who have shared valuable lessons that they learned the hard way, in simple terms.

Some of the participants who made this conferring experience successful learning are: Jayshree Rathod, Kusuma Kuber, Pooja, Harish Gowda, Selvi Senthamarai(whose last name I recollected though a decade had elapsed meeting her ;) and who shared that she and my ex-colleagues remember me as different and passionate). Thank you, Selvi for sharing this.

There was an exchange of knowledge with the regular conference goers such as Ravi Suriya, Praveen Daga, Ajay Balamurugadass, Colonel Prabir, Vipul Kocher, Shrini Kulkarni, Mahesh Chikane, Pradeep Soundararajan, Rahul Verma, Ramit Manohar. Missed catching up with Ashok Thiruvengadam.

What I did thoroughly enjoy at the conference was this *debate between the interviewer and the interviewee. Hoped for more minutes to be dedicated to the debate. There is humongous scope for improvement in this arena as we all agree and a very few organizations make an attempt (to focus) on hiring well and make the interviewing experience a pleasant one for all involved. The feedback collected goes in vain as there is no report published nor made transparent. IMHO, in an over a decade's career in testing, I have found one passionate person from the HR department that I look up to who happened to be in the training and development section. And trained the employees in public speaking. Thank you Madhu Kiran.

*Panel Debate - Interviewing testers in the age of AI - What will change?

Thank you, Vinay and Vidhi Baid, Parth Rupani, Pinky Tyagi, Komala, Manjula Suresh and the conference committee of summit 2018 for bringing this learning experience to us. This event happened to be the first testing event that I attended in 2018. Would really like to see new faces sharing hands-on experience relating and relevant to testing, tried attempts(pass/failed) on new learning(experiments conducted and approaches tried) up on the stage in the future events.

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