Global Testing Retreat #ATAGTR2019 welcomes Shama Ugale as our esteemed speaker

We would like to Welcome Shama Ugale as our esteemed speaker for Global Testing Retreat #ATAGTR2019
Shama Ugale is a QA consultant working with ThoughtWorks with a decade of experience in QA, DevOps, Release management and AI.
She enjoys speaking at the tech conferences and likes to pen down her experiences, talk about while mentoring the enthusiasts in the industry.
Shama is our esteemed speaker for #ATAGTR2019.
Shama will be taking an Interactive Session on “Automating Conversational AI” – Track 2 on Day 1
Shama will also be taking a hands on Lab Session on “Visual Regression with Applitools” Track 5 on Day 2
Shama is a part of CafeATAhon as well.


Chatbots are one of the most widely adopted AI/ML implementations in the business sector. A chatbot is an intelligent machine used to imitate human conversation through text and voice commands. Today bots are widely used as a personal assistant, customer service, HR, sales and marketing to name a few. In short, bots are everywhere and we rely on them to a certain extent, this makes it extremely important to assure the quality of the chatbots and test them thoroughly. They are built using NLU/NLP-Services (Natural language understanding and processing) and are subjected to constant training and improvement which has direct impact on tests. Voice based bots like Siri and Alexa depend on speech recognition technologies. As the chatbots user do not have any barriers and due to the unpredictable user’s behaviour it becomes utmost difficult to verify the correctness on the output. In this talk, we will discuss how the chatbots are different as compared to the other applications and the challenges they bring onto the table while verifying their behaviour, and focus on the automation of text and voice based AI bots while integrating them with the CI/CD pipeline.

We had posted some questions to Shama as a part of his #ATAMyStory
1. Why should someone choose testing as a career? Or What does testing really mean to you?
In the era of Agile and DevOps as a tester one gets to work as a BA (more towards the business side), a developer ( writing automation tools and frameworks), an Ops engineer (work of infra, CI/CD pipelines and configuration management) with a lot of career paths to choose from.
2. While practice makes all of us perfect, share an everyday practice that has made things better for you at work
I always make a list of to-dos in the morning so that I do not miss on anything. I also arrange it based on priority and keep revisiting.
3. The most challenging bug or issue that I have found and learnings from it? Or The most challenging testing task that I have done and how I accomplished the same

I had to test an application migration from a local AIX machine to AWS Linux machines. The application was completely written with UNIX scripts and some Perl and HTML for reporting. The challenge was that there was no test environment! Yes, it was testing on production without hampering the deliverables. I planned all the activities finding out the time when there were no processes running (got hardly 2 hours overall a day) and wrote test scripts that would run in parallel with the actual process to report any differences if any

About Global Testing Retreat, #ATAGTR2019

#ATAGTR2019 is one of the largest, most fun filled and learning filled global testing conference. #ATAGTR2019 is back again in its 4th edition with more fun and more learnings than in the past. The conference is scheduled on 14th and 15th December in Pune.

  • 2 Days
  • 2 Panel Discussions
  • 4 Keynotes
  • 5 Skits and Games
  • 38 Interactive Sessions
  • 18+ Labs
    Loads of fun, competitions and much much more.

Day 1 has 5 tracks and Day 2 has 6 tracks.
Focusing on interactive sessions, labs/workshops, skit performances and fun activities and quizzes and much much more.
The conference scale as is evident has increased substantially. We hope that everyone can be part of this most fun filled and one of the largest global testing conference.
To know more about the conference, click here or on the image below

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