A Quality Assurance Success Story- Part 2

by Noc Team on January 12, 2010

Part 1

CodeWeek: What would you tell budding Software enthusiasts as to what is Software Quality Assurance as their career?

Jamil: There is still a lot to be done especially in developing an understanding for local resources on how they can develop a viable long term career in this area. There are plethora of opportunities and career paths to excel and build expertise in software testing and QA. Unfortunately, the realization is not there and the opportunities lack.

Our industry is still a development dominant industry with a myopic vision of IT and technology.  There are a lot of specializations that can be pursued in the area of performance testing, security testing, automation testing, usability testing etc. Information and security auditing and compliance are again hot areas that a QA resource can adopt and specialize. And there is definitely more money into it than development, only if someone can think long term and sincerely learn and excel.

CodeWeek: What are your personal and professional plans for the immediate future and for next 10 years?

Jamil: Immediate plans are mostly around Kualitatem and its expansion and the next couple of years are expected to be very busy. One of my side interests is into social entrepreneurship and building models that can serve the poor at the bottom of the pyramid while being sustainable. Building such business model is exciting yet challenging because you are simultaneously trying to do good and trying to do well. But I guess social enterprises are the current need of Pakistan; having such initiatives which are privately owned and address the social problems of Pakistan. Government alone is not the answer or solution to those issues, we have seen Non Profits and NGO’s failing due to dependency and inadequate resources, multilateral institutes like world bank etc are conservative and operates without openness while CSR is just a buzz and fundamentally flawed concept. Social and youth entrepreneurship will be something on my list of to do’s.

CodeWeek: With many emerging companies, what will be your advice to them?

Jamil: Well advising someone is always tough and there are tons of articles full of advice, someone just needs to Google. I would just like to point out to three areas that I think play a critical role in success of an entrepreneur or a startup.

Entrepreneurship is the game of nerves. You need to be in control all the time, every time (ofcourse that’s beyond your control but you can try at least). You need to stay on the pitch for as long as you can so that your chance and frequency of getting a full toss and smashing it across the boundary gets higher. That matters the most. Many startups die out and entrepreneurs burn out because they expect things to happen quickly and are not able to absorb the pressure for long. You need to be good at dealing with rejection after rejection. There is an interesting quote that covers this up, “Entrepreneurship is about living a few years of your life like most won’t, so that you can live the rest of your life like most can’t.”

Team selection is very important. There is one thing that we inherently miss out is the human aspect while choosing partners. Not every human is equal and neither are their ambitions, strengths, experience, dedication and performance. So do not expect an equal split in the shareholding or reward in remuneration. Most of the startup relations fail due to unfair expectations and bursting egos. Keep your egos at home; keep your friendships at home; they are the first threat to your startup relationship. Business is delivery. Business works in collaboration and only a healthy collaboration grows the business. Develop complementary skill set, and get yourself a corporate lawyer to develop a fair structure based on roles, responsibilities and performance. They will help you define corrective measures in case of future imbalance. This is very important before you startup.

Think big and respect your dreams. Your ideas should create a disruption and make meaning. You will then be able to appreciate the difference between a good life and a great life once you are able to create a meaningful life.

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