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Quest for Quality Conference, A Different Perspective

Quest for Quality Conference, A Different Perspective

Here is an interesting story of our journey with Raj Subramanian. Last year, he was a speaker at the conference and this year, a member of the editorial board that reviewed the paper submissions from speakers applying to speak at #Q4Q2019.

Here iss his editorial-board-member perspective of the conference!

Meet Raj, Developer Evangelist at Testim and member of the #Q4Q2019 Editorial Board. 🙂

Team Q4Q: Raj, Tell us about your history with Q4Q – when You first joined the conference as a speaker; what influenced your decision to submit a paper as well your journey to becoming a part of the editorial board in 2019.

Raj: Since 2011, I have been speaking at various conferences. When I speak at a conference, I want to make sure they stand for something and help in making the community better. That being said, Q4Q was one such conference. I first spoke at Q4Q 2018 when I gave a talk on how AI is influencing software testing. What made this conference unique was that almost all the talks were focusing on cutting edge technologies in the areas of AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, IoT, Test Automation, UX, Agile and DevOps. I was so impressed with Q4Q that I wrote a blog post about my experience which unexpectedly went viral. There are very few conferences like Q4Q currently that has so many great speakers and content. So, I was and will always be, thrilled and honored to be part of it.

Team Q4Q: As a part of the decision makers, was the role of editorial board member in some ways harder than actually speaking at the conference? How did it feel to be on the editorial board. What did you have in mind when reviewing the submissions?

Raj: Being a part of the editorial board has taught me how much hard work is put into choosing the speakers. As the saying goes: with great power comes great responsibility. This year the amount and quality of talk submissions were impressive. There was so much great content, but, unfortunately, not as many speaking slots. Having been on the other side – as a speaker before, I knew how much effort each of the possible speakers had spent just to try to express their ideas in this limited amount of words. This made it quite a challenging task to rate the talks. I tried to research the topics proposed, compare submissions with each other, and provide not only a numeric rating but some comments as well to ease the final decision.

Team Q4Q: What advice do you have for those that might consider submitting their paper or idea next year?

Raj: As testers, developers and managers, we experience so many real life problems in our projects. During these times we quite often think out of the box to find a solution to a problem, identify these kinds of experiences and if there is something you think is worth sharing with the community that may help other people learn from it, submit it as a talk. This will have more chance of getting picked up by Q4Q and most other conferences. Also, while writing the abstract, make sure you describe the problem; how it affected the team, the solution and the lessons learned. Make sure you clearly indicate what would be the takeaways for the audience from this talk.

Team Q4Q: From the list of selected speakers, is there a speaker you would really love to hear and why?

Raj: As much as I love seeing experienced speakers share their story, I have learnt a lot by attending talks from first time speakers. They are passionate and majority of the time offer great content and perspective on different topics. So, if I were at Q4Q 2019, I would love to hear talks from first time speakers.

Raj, speaking at Q4Q 2018

Team Q4Q: Tell us about your blog and the next article(s) you are creating:

Raj: I blog on a regular basis on AI, testing, leadership, motivation and self-improvement topics. I have 3 blogs focused on these areas-

http://www.rajsubra.com/category/testing/

http://www.rajsubra.com/category/mindfulness/

https://blog.testim.io/

The next article I am working on (will be published soon) is about the impact of AI on humans and software development/testing. We live in a golden age where technology influences every facet of our daily lives. This is especially true with the coming of “Artificial Intelligence” (AI). AI is everywhere – from virtual assistants like Alexa, Google Home and Siri to aiding the creation of new disruptive technology like autonomous cars, blockchain and cryptocurrency. Areas of healthcare, finance, retail, customer analytics and manufacturing have already started seeing positive effects of using AI, many of which we would have never thought possible just a few years ago. At the same time, we have downsides of using AI, such as how it can easily be influenced on issues of race, culture and diversity, making it a burden to society. In this article, I discuss the origins of AI, debunk some of the myths surrounding artificial neural networks and discuss how AI could have an unprecedented impact on human life. I provide some insights into how AI will impact software development and testing and finally share my insights about the future of AI. 

I am also giving a keynote based on the same theme this year at Agile Testing Days, Germany 2019 in November – https://agiletestingdays.com/2019/session/being-mortal-in-the-age-of-artificial-intelligence/

This is my current area of research and hoping to share more content with the community in the upcoming months.

Team Q4Q: If our readers have any questions or would simply like to connect with you, where & how can they find you?

Raj: I am grateful for being on the editorial board. In case, people are interested to know more about me, my publications, my conference experiences and why Q4Q gave me this opportunity, they can check out the below links-

My Speaking Experience – http://www.rajsubra.com/presentations/

My Recorded Talks – http://www.rajsubra.com/recorded-talks/

My Youtube Channel – http://www.rajsubra.com/my-youtube-channel/

My Writing Experience – http://www.rajsubra.com/publications/

My Linked In:https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajsubra/

My Twitter: https://twitter.com/epsilon11

My Github account – https://github.com/epsilon11/AI

                     Raj as member of the round table Discussion at Q4Q 2018