A focussed and intense twelve week paid mentorship program to groom SmartQA professionals who will become part of STAG test engineering team.  This is full time mentoring program that is *not virtual*, this will be at STAG office (Bangalore). Limited participants only.

Industry views on software testing and testers

Today’s dev model is super fast, built using Agile/DevOps model with a wide mix of technologies using a plethora of languages, frameworks & tools. These are continuously delivered using cloud  mobiles, web and devices(IOT). Rapidly built complex intelligent applications are a norm now.

With the blitzing pace of dev, testing is seriously fast now. And extremely complex too, given the wide tech stack used today.Customers are extremely sensitive to issues, and good testing is far more challenging now.

The typical notion of a tester who evaluates products/applications by checking against user stories is dead. In today’s world, a tester is expected to be an intelligent investigator adept with technology and tools who explores scientifically and creatively to find issues that matter to end users really quickly.

Testing is not about executing tests manually. It is being an intelligent investigator, to uncover potential issues by smart examination and analysis, requiring serious use of intellect. Smart, not manual, is the keyword.

It is not about writing test scripts using a tool, it is about having a good appreciation of the entire tech stack. It is not about knowing a tool or two, it is about being conversant with tech at large. It is being a ‘full stack’ tester, not just an automator.

Treating testing as a standalone detection activity is history. Understanding the larger context of environment, users, usage, deployment, integration with other systems demands you beyond the notion of finding bugs in a narrow area. Oh, it not enough to uncover issues, but also contribute to preventing them too.

How SmartQA Program meets industry needs

Today knowledge is ‘Google-able, anybody can know anything pretty quick. Knowledge is cheap, skill is invaluable. This is the focus of mentoring of making you skilled, by making you do.

We mentor you, not just teach. This is a serious full time (10AM to 6PM) program with clear deliverables expected of each mentee. Yes you are our mentee, not a student.  We orient you to understand, enable you to do, guide you when you get stuck and assess how well it has been done so that you are confident and proud of what you have done. We treat you as an adult, as a equal not as a student!

SMART THINKING MINDSET
Scientific thinking, systems thinking, contextual understanding, writing styles, social aspects, mind-mapping.
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
SDLC, Agile Dev/DevOps, Specification, CI/CD, Product engineering
TEST ENGINEERING
Tester mindset, System understanding, Observation & note-taking, Immersive Session Testing , Test process/practice, Reviewing & questioning Requirements/user stories, Test approach & design, Test documentation, Quality metrics, Doing various tests (functional, load, performance, API, web, mobile, database).
TEST AUTOMATION & TOOLING
Test automaton tools (Selenium, JMeter, Cypress,Postman), Test management (TestLink, Jira), Build management (GitHub)
TECHNOLOGY
Understanding modern full stack applications. Familiarity with database tech, mobile apps, conversant with Linux, comprehend networking, understand modern deployment (Cloud, SaaS, Microservices).
INDUSTRY ORIENTATION
IT Industry overview, Roles & Responsibilities in SW Organization, Work ethics & global work culture, Presentation skills, Questioning skills, Time management.

START DATE : Oct 25, 2021 (Monday) at STAG office (Bangalore).
LOCATION : Program is *not virtual*, it is in-office mentoring program, held at STAG office (Bangalore). Being a full time mentoring program, the participants are expected to be in office from 9:30 AM -6:00 PM every day (Mon-Fri).
DURATION : 12 weeks, could extend to a max of 15 weeks.
INVESTMENT : Rs 44,000/- plus taxes (Total Rs 50,000/-) to  be paid in TWO instalments, the first instalment (Rs 35,000/-)  at the time of enrolment,  the second instalment (Rs 15,000) before the end of EIGHTH week.

Fill in the “I am interested form” below. We will have an online discussion to understand your interest, willingness, basic technology & programming ability to ensure successful mentoring. Post the discussion and acceptance you will be required to make the payment to enroll in the program.

Since the program will be held at STAG office, you are expected to come to office daily for the entire duration of program. Note that Covid protocols are in place at our office and per the government of Karnataka rules, you are expected to have taken the first vaccination at the least. Note that the number of mentees in this program is very limited.

Post the successful completion of the program, you will be absorbed into our test engineering team for a full time position at STAG.

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