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Apr 28 2011   12:33PM GMT

The IT Files – Pradeep Soundararajan – Part 4

Shilpa Venkateshwaran Shilpa Venkateshwaran Profile: Shilpa Venkateshwaran

Name your favorite book on Software Testing?
 
Jonathan Livingston Seagull & Lessons Learned in Software Testing.
 
Who is your hero? What (or who) inspires you?
 
I am taking the liberty of clubbing your questions and answering them together. To answer this question, I have to tell you the posters I have in my home. Typically, when you walk into someone’s room and you see Michael Jackson on their wall, you could safely assume that the person living there could be a great fan of Michael Jackson.  Similarly, when you walk into my personal room in home, you would see Thomas Alva Edison, Jerry Weinberg, James Bach and Michael Bolton posters J. They are my gurus. They helped me see why I was born and what I am doing here on Earth.
 
However, there are a lot of other people who inspire me who have provided me the support without which I wouldn’t have been happy in life. As the list is huge, I will use this opportunity to randomly pick 2 among them.
 
Ben Simo is one of them. He is a great guy with so much of energy and ideas to test that I would feel like a small kid standing in front of a giant.
 
The other one is Vipul Kocher. He runs the ISTQB in India and despite that we gel together very well because Vipul as a person is different from the Vipul who runs ISTQB in India. He would invite me to a conference although I would oppose ISTQB in my talk. He is the “yes” man when it comes to helping. I wish to be like him (not the ISTQB part). Hope someday I would influence him back to stop ISTQB in India J

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