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#IATC 2017 Awards - An initiative for social change by Engro Foundation!

I Am The Change is a social change initiative by Engro Foundation that aims at finding and highlighting people who are working for the massive social issues like health, education and citizen livelihood. The idea is to select these change agents and honor them for all of their services and to highlight their stories in the mainstream media. Since 2012, they have selected various philanthropic and social enterprises for this award and these awardees were given massive support from Engro Foundation, these winners include, Akhuwat Foundation, Lettuce Bee Kids and The Garage School.
Last Friday, Engro Foundation hosted a dinner for bloggers to launch this year’s IATC Awards. I was invited as one of the guests and we were briefed about Engro Foundation and IATC. The presentations were great and full of insights into how they are helping the poorest of the poor of this country in improving their lives. It was launched in 2009 and since then, they have worked on some really impactful project…

My Favorite TEDTalks – Part 3

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Sorry for bombarding you with so many lists but I am a compulsive list maker and after my first and second blog on recommended TEDTalks, I was asked to continue with the idea till I run out of my favorite TEDTalks (which doesn't look like a plausible idea) but anyway, here I am with my list # 3. The power of believing that you can improve by Carol DweckRethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved by Esther PerelTalk nerdy to me by Melissa MarshallHow a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day by Tristan HarrisThe mind behind Linux by Linus TorvaldsWhy do ambitious women have flat heads? By Dame Stephanie ShirlyCoding a better government by Jennifer PahlkaBeware online "filter bubbles" by Eli PariserInnovating to zero! By Bill GatesThe brain in love by Helen Fisher Happy learning! 

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Lessons Learned in Teaching QA

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(Title is inspired by Lessons Learned in Software Testing, a book by Bret Pettichord, Cem Kaner, and James Marcus Bach)

Back in December 2009, I started my career as a Jnr. Quality Assurance Engineer and my role was focused on testing the applications that we were enhancing along with the maintenance of QA processes, environments and servers. It’s been almost 8 years and my role has evolved into a strategy maker but implementing QA activities is still the most favorite part of my work.
In January 2016, I was asked to teach a course on Software Quality Assurance to Computer Science undergrads and since then, I have taught three batches at two different universities. During this time, I have worked on revamping the course outline and have added some workshop facilitation techniques in our usual lecture style classes. This blog is documenting my journey to find strategies that work or don’t work while teaching this course and how I made sure to deliver some value to my …

Book Recommendations – Part 3

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Good days are here because I am going strong on my goodreads book challenge for this year and nothing makes me happier then being able to read whatever I want, whenever I want (courtesy semester break!). I am also trying to add more diverse books in this list so check it out and let me know what you think. 

Here is my list # 3 with some really amazing reads!
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis (If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, do read this beautiful and an exceptionally honest account of a grieving spouse)Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Her TEDTalk is my favorite, so is her book. Introverts, y'all need to read it!)Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out!)The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz (Absofuckingly brilliant!)The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (It’s beautiful, emotional and full…

My Favorite TEDTalks – Part 2

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Recently, I published a blog on my favorite TEDTalks and some of you reached out and asked for more recommendations. So here I am with another list of my favorite TEDTalks (in no particular order!). You will find these talks to be on very diverse topics and I am sure you will enjoy watching these knowledgeable gurus talking about their life's work and passion. 
Here is my list # 2: The history of our world in 18 minutes by DavidChristianWhy privacy matters by Glenn GreenwaldHow to escape education's Death Valley by Sir KenRobinsonThe doubt essential to faith by Lesley HazletonWhy some of us don't have one true calling by EmilieWapnickAutism — what we know (and what we don't know yet) byWendy ChungThe brain in love by Helen FisherHow I fail at being disabled by Susan RobinsonMassive-scale online collaboration by Luis Von AhnWhy our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents byJames FlynnI hope you will enjoy these amazing talks. 

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