Vikas Mittal, Global President at Xebia

Topic – Testing In Agile

Abstract

My topic today is about major misconceptions or mistakes teams are making when they talk about “Testing” in Agile.

I believe there is nothing called Agile Testing, as testing was just testing and will always be just testing. People like to coin new terms to make it look more attractive or saleable but it loses the essence of testing.

Agile was introduced as a concept so that teams can work more collaboratively and deliver in smaller chunks of application functionality which is ready to get feedback from the end customer. But over a period of time people moulded it to mean different concept altogether.

Automation became the focus whenever it’s a talk about testing and teams started to find ways to automate everything. This initiated another chain reaction with a mandate being every tester should be an automation engineer or an SDET. But we need exploratory testers to test an application, to think like an end-user and document scenarios which become the base for automation. Also, you shouldn’t be automating everything.

Learn about this and more in my talk.


Top Takeaways:

  • Strategy for testing success in Agile.

  • A holistic approach to testing.

  • How data science can be leveraged for the right selection of the test case.

Speaker Bio

Vikas Mittal is the Head of Xebia’s distinguished Centre of Excellence—Digital Assurance (DA). The IIT Delhi alumnus joined Xebia in 2019, and his responsibilities include strategizing DA processes, optimize operations, and improve practices for seamless execution and successful deliveries of DA projects. His focus area also traverses the development of automation solutions for Software Testing Lifecycle and DevOps using the latest technological innovations in Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics.

Leader by spirit, Vikas is spearheading the team of Digital Assurance professionals at Xebia, helping and supporting them all in accomplishing their personal as well as company goals. His expertise in architecture, design, and implementation of test automation frameworks and solutions enables him to serve Xebia’s high-end customers well.

Vikas pursued various certification programmes viz; HP Mercury LoadRunner v9.0, HP Mercury LoadRunner v 9.0, HP Mercury VuGen Software 9.0, HP-Mercury Certification Quality Center 9.2, and HP-Mercury Certification Quick Test Professional 9.2 that helped him develop technical skills and competencies.

His career history of 15 years features eminent employers in the global IT industry such as Infogain, IBM Global Services India, CMS, and Fiserv. In 2002, the young and dynamic engineering graduate began his career as Quality Assurance (QA) engineer and grew up to work at senior-level positions of Global Head, Quality Assurance, Global Head of Testing Horizontal, Chief Solution Architect, and QA Lead in top-notch IT & software development companies.

Prior to joining Xebia, Vikas had worked with Infogain for four years as Chief Solution Architect and Global Head of Testing Horizontal, where he supervised the execution of largest CRM Migration testing projects for performance testing and functional test automation for Microsoft Dynamics. He also managed the largest global ERP migration to SAP S/4 Hana for a Fortune 10 company. All the company stakeholders immensely value his contribution to establishing Infogain as a thought leader with Fortune 500 companies.

Presently, Vikas is simultaneously working on Atal Innovation Mission which is an endeavour of Government of India to encourage and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in tech-driven sectors.

Besides being a tech maestro, Vikas is the keynote speaker and mentor, too who loves to empower individuals by sharing his life-learnings and impart knowledge to them.

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