With all the focus on Test practices and tools getting better for the present, it is easy to forget about the Future of Testing, especially in terms of Tools and Infrastructure? A question that always comes up in my mind - “Are we so caught up in the past and present, that we will not be as effective in the future?”

In this talk, we will go on a journey to figure out what new challenges are coming up in the future, and more importantly, what do we need to do next to prepare for it. Also, just preparing for the future is not sufficient. We have an opportunity to stretch beyond our current set of skills, capabilities and boundaries to influence out future! The question is - will we make use of this opportunity? 


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Skills & Capabilities required for being a good QA
  • Evolution and trends of hardware & software
  • Spatial operating systems / Sixth Sense - future or reality?
  • Which life are we living - Past, Present or Future?
  • Tips and Techniques to be innovative

Learning Outcome

  • Importance to be in-sync with what is coming up next
  • What does the future look like from Testing perspective? How can we influence it?
  • Tips and Techniques for being leaders, instead of followers

Target Audience

Testers, Developers, Managers, Innovators



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