Advisory Council

Krishna Rajan
Dr. Shankar Ramamoorthy
Ajay Balamurugadas
Santhosh Tuppad
Mukta Aphale

Steering Committee

Dr. Shanmugam Bharanidharan
Masa Kevin Maeda
Schalk Cronjé
Sanjeev Sharma
Valerian D'Souza
Aditya Garg
Ashish Mishra
Brijesh Deb
Sampat Kumar

Krishna Rajan has over 30 years’ experience in the IT/Software and Financial Services industry. He is currently an Independent Consultant specializing in the areas of Quality Assurance, Agile & DevOps, Leadership & People Development, Sourcing & Vendor Management, Risk Management & Governance. He has worked in multiple Leadership roles for Fortune 100 companies in India, UK & USA. Krishna has the experience of building best-in-class COE’s in niche testing areas such as Digital & Mobile application testing, Test Automation, Performance Engineering and Data Analytics. Krishna is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Corporate Independent Director.

Dr. Shankar is a TQM (Total Quality Management) professional, who has spent much of his 23-years career managing change and improving software Quality Engineering efficiency through Data and Metrics driven Quality Management Systems. He believes in evangelizing, coaching and mentoring test teams through inspirational leadership.

Shankar has a vast experience in setting up Test COE (Centre of Excellence) and has successfully carried out 6 rollouts on TPI/TMMI/Test Maturity frameworks for several companies. He has handled the entire gamut of testing landscape right from Pre Sales, Sales, Delivery and instituted a process temper in his earlier assignments.

He is a frequent Guest speaker at Engineering Colleges/Management institutes and speaks at seminars and workshops on various topics pertaining to Business Excellence, QA, QC and Test Management Frameworks.

Dr. Shankar is a computer science engineer from NIT Tiruchirapalli and is armed with a PhD in Software Quality Engineering from IIT Delhi, M. Tech from IIT-Delhi in Technology Management Systems, and an MBA from AIMA-Delhi. Dr. Shankar also has a P.G. Diploma in Business Management, Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. He is a lead auditor of ISO 9001, CMMI Assessor, Lead Auditor of ISO 27001, and a passionate TMMI trainer and certified TMMI professional.

Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is always continuously re-inventing his testing methodology. He is an evangelist for the Tester's Web Automation Tool - "Sahi Pro". He loves being involved with Weekend Testing, Test Maniac and STeP-IN Forum. His passions include conducting online and in-person workshops on exploratory testing, mobile testing and helping testers discover their potential. Ajay shares his testing activities and learning through his website http://TestWithAjay.com and tweets under @ajay184f

Love to hack to help businesses across the globe (Certified ethical hacker, but I had skills since 16) Most people think that I am only great at security testing and that's not true. I test across functional (I find non-obvious bugs), usability, UI / UX, front-end performance and more I love traveling across the world, that's a lifestyle for me apart from being passionate software tester. Also, when I travel around the globe, I meet testers and discuss testing. # I am a great HUGGER! Beware ;-) I love to connect with people and learn from them while I share my knowledge unconditionally I am super talkative. Don't mind! More about me can be

I have served the software industry as a technology geek, developer and DevOps enthusiast. I have contributed to open source tools like Chef. Innovation and the thirst to keep learning are what define me. I live mypassion for technology by running my own startup Crevise Technologies, which is focused on solving complex tech problems. I love to travel, read, write and am a mother to two boys.

Dr. Bharani has extensive experience in Penetration Testing, Web Application Security Testing. He hasextensively worked on new tools like avij, Backtrack and focusing on open source tools. He had handled several Vulnerability Analysis (VA) and performed complex penetration testing projects for various clients across the globe.

He holds Doctorate Degree in Computer Science specializing in Network Security from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia which is one of the prestigious universities in Malaysia. He holds industry leading certifications like CEH, CHFI,CTFL, GSEC, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. He is having vast experience in mentoring and his research area is focusing more into Ethical hacking and its countermeasures. He has been a consultant to several educational institutions and SMEs assisting them to improve their Information Security infrastructure. He is one of the few Certified Instructor in Ec-council Malaysia enabling him to teach exclusive courses of ethical and web application hacking. He is heading few research projects which are funded by Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, Government of Malaysia.

Founder and CEO of Valueinnova LLC, an Agile Project Management mentoring, coaching, consulting and training company based in Silicon Valley, and with of Offices in 4 countries. With 25 years of solid experience, he is the creator of Lean Value Innovation; a Senior consultant for the Agile Project Management practice of the Cutter Consortium in Boston Massachusetts; and teacher of Value Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley extension. Masa has provided lean-agile services to customers from Fortune100 to Startups in 12 countries in diverse industries such as Financial, Software development, IT, Airline, Telecommunications, Health, Online services, and Education. An active member of the Lean and Agile communities has given key notes and presentations at numerous conferences worldwide. He has diverse credentials on Lean, Agile, Kanban, Scum, and Innovation Games.

Masa is currently writing a book on Lean Value Innovation and co-authoring a book on Agile PMBOK

Previously, Masa was founding group member of the Lean Kanban University and one of its first accredited Kanban coaches/trainers (His company, Valueinnova LLC, was a founding Charter Member of LKU). He was an associate of David J. Anderson, the creator of the Kanban Method. Masa was founding team member at four successful startups in Silicon Valley and at three of them created High Caliber Quality Assurance organizations that pioneered techniques, some of them still at the cutting edge these days. He did R&D at Apple Inc. in Cupertino California, USA, and at Justsystems Corp in Tokushima, Japan.

Masa lives in Silicon Valley, California, USA and travels continually around the world to work with customers, provide training, and give keynotes and presentations.

Schalk Cronjé's experience in the software industry spans three decades and has spoken and taught on various software delivery techniques in the UK, USA, India and South Africa.

He has been an early adopter of test-driven design and development at all levels of testings and has applied TDD in many programming languages and on various platforms. One specific library he can recall is still in daily usage and is used in scanning millions of emails world-wide, yet the customer defect rate is less than one per year, all which can be attributed to TDD. He has been responsible for many a complex product roll-outs where continuous integration and continuous deployment have been the key. He does not consider TDD to be a useful technique, but the absolute key to competitive and agile delivery in this age of globalization.

He believes that both software engineering and craftsmanship is important for the industry and that both disciplines should be taught to achieve holism in technology delivery. He also understands that there is a strong relationship between the modern software techniques that are used and the signature skills of people and these should be aligned for effective delivery. He holds two engineering degrees and an MBA in technology management.

Sanjeev has over 15 years of extensive experience of managing IT Department, Projects Management, eGovernance and Product Development. In his career he has worked as a Developer to Chief Information Officer's role.

He has competencies across Project Management, Program Management, Project Planning & Control, Change Management, Project Scheduling & Tracking, People Management, Cross Functional Team Mg., Delivery Management, Operations Management, Business Process, Process Improvement and Team Development.

Has strong background in delivering projects & developing products in various domains like egovernance, Banking, Telecom, Stock Exchange, Developmental Sectors, etc. Superior track record in project management activities encompassing planning, resource handling, risk management and team development, management & mentoring.

Proven abilities in managing projects, stakeholder interests, business communication; and implementing end-to-end IT solutions in line with core business objectives. Demonstrative in building and mentoring testing delivery with multiple customers.Understanding of the emerging Technologies, their impact and their commercial value.

Contributed in development of Hindi version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fourth Edition, as a member of the PMI India Hindi Translation & Review Team (Facilitation by PMI, India during the Project Management National Conference, 2011 held from 8-10 September 2011 at Bangalore, India).

Val is a highly talented and accomplished IT Management professional with extensive skills and experience in Shipping and Domain knowledge. Ability to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical personnel. Knowledgeable in all financial and resource management aspects of shipping. In charge of IT training and requirement gathering at Maersk. He went to Singapore to train in QIPM (Quality Improvement Process-Management) from Phil Crosby Associates. He was in the QIT (Quality Improvement Team) as Step sponsor, was also in-charge of implementing the QES (Quality Education System) across the organization. Handled QES training for Parent company employees to be held in India. Excellent presentation and communication skills give him the ability to train and motivate cross-cultural teams in optimizing their performance levels.

He has been a training for major MNCs and public courses since 1992, during this time he has trained on Basic computer principles, Systems Analysis & Design, Business Communication for Diploma in Computer Studies (DCS) and Diploma in Computer Management, Cambridge University level Courses and Systems Analysis & Design for Corporate level Batches (Indo German Chamber of Commerce).

Aditya has over 19 years of IT experience and he has been a test architect and principal consultant excelling in designing, strategizing and architecting manual and automation testing solutions. His primary focus has been in the area of establishing and leading testing center of excellence and practices, managing large IT projects, undertaking testing process studies using Six Sigma, CMMi and TMM models, proposing QA solutions, performance engineering and architecture reviews, designing automation frameworks, exploring open source test automation tools/frameworks and Business development.

Aditya has not only managed to establish the entire testing services grounds up but has been a chief innovator in testing processes , test automation and performance testing areas. Aditya has set up offshore testing service centers for large clients from sizes ranging from 10 to 100 people.

Aditya is a Certified Trainer Agile Testing, Qualified Project Management Professional (QPMP), Six Sigma Black Belt, ISTQB certified foundation and advanced level Tester, Sun Certified Java Programmer, Presenter in International conferences on Project Management, Quality and Testing.

Aditya holds B.E. CSE from Jodhpur Univ and MBA Finance from UMASS Lowell, MA, USA.

Ashish has over 19 years of experience in software testing, development, corporate training and public domain training. Over the period he has worked on number of projects as Account Manager, Test Manager, Programmer and Tester. His core expertise lies in Manual Testing, Test Automation and Test Management. He has been an early adopter of Selenium and has been able not only provide successful implementations using Selenium but also help in its propagation. He is the executive member of the Indian Testing Board (ITB) and founder memebr of the Agile Testing Alliance (ATA).

He belongs to the group of respectable innovators in the area of processes consulting and automation testing. He has ability to nurture and grow the breakthrough ideas and has performed consulting and training programs for companies like Deloitte, Barclays, JPMorgan, MindTree, iGatePatni, Datamatics, Capita, Ness, NSEiT and L&T Infotech besides several workshops in the public domain.

Ashish is Certified Trainer for Agile Testing, has expertise in Account management, application delivery, operations management and business analysis.

He holds M.S. Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA; PG Certificate in Business Management from City University of NY (CUNY); B.E. CSE, Marathwada University.

He is published author of the book "A Practitioner's Guide To Test Automation Using Selenium" by Tata McGraw-Hill.

Brijesh Deb has nearly 15 years of experience of leading, managing and coaching teams on Software Testing and embracing the Agile mindset. He is a Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics and Communication and an Executive Masters of Business Administration in Operations.

Being a hands on software tester for almost a decade and half now has also helped him stay close to technology and understand the intricacies. He has been involved in testing of applications from lightweight mobile apps to the large scale enterprise level data storage solutions.He has worked on many roles from being a software tester to a test manager to a principal consultant He has been responsible for establishing Test Engineering Practice rather than a Testing Practice ​in his previous roles.​ ​ He has worked on testing a wide range of products spanning several domains such as Education, Insurance, SEO, CRM, Storage and Telecom (Mobile Apps and Mobile Devices). Brijesh has extensive experience in setting up a Test Center of Excellence (TCOE) and defining sub functions, roles and goals of each sub function such as Presales, R&D, L&D, Testing Process, Skill and Knowledge Management, Audits, Software Test Automation, Performance Testing . He has been a pioneer in the evolution of a crowd testing service in one of his previous engagements. He is a crowd tester himself.

Impassioned about testing and being a social networking buff, Brijesh has been involved in testing numerous Mobile Apps . Brijesh is also very passionate about training and coaching. Certified in Agile testing, Brijesh is a huge proponent of Agile and and the Agile mindset.

Apart from being a tester, Brijesh is an avid talker, he writes blogs, poetry and aspires to be a stand-up comedian!

Sampart has created multiple utilities in BigData environment to simplify work of developers and always try to automate monotonous work. He has good understanding of data structures, algorithms and computer fundamentals. Sampat is always eager to learn new technologies and he is totally aligned with the process of start up companies as he started his career with a start up. He has interacted directly with customers to understand requirement, building design and provided solution.

Sampt has good hold on below technologies/tools: Java MapReduce,Apache Storm, Apache kafka, Apache Pig, Apache Hive, Apache zookeeper, Java, HBase, Hadoop, SQL, Git, Eclipse, Azkaban