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Quality by Design: Convergence of Testing, Lean, Intelligence & Automation

Software has become a key business differentiator. As a result, organizations now expect software development teams to deliver more, and more innovative, software within shorter delivery cycles. To meet these demands, teams have turned to lean approaches, such as Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery, to try to speed up the delivery life cycle. After accelerating other aspects of the delivery pipeline, teams typically find that their testing process is preventing them from achieving the expected benefits of their acceleration initiative. Testing and the overall quality process remain problematic for several key reasons.

Design is defined as having purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or a material outcome. And quality is defined as the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. So, the question is how do you set a standard of excellence by design, while evolving into a fast-moving, adaptive organization?

As enticing as such a vision is, turning it into a reality can be challenging.

Building an organizational focus, enablers, teams, and capabilities aligned with the focus on Quality by Design offers unique opportunities for humanizing technology and for developing emotionally resonant products and services. Adopting this perspective isn’t easy. But doing so helps create a workplace where people want to be, one that responds quickly to changing business dynamics and empowers individual contributors.

Built on the theme of Quality by Design, this year the conference will be a display of ideas, experiments and experiences to explore challenges and suggest techniques and innovations to overcome the common challenges.



Business Leadership

Track focusing on Business Trends, Developments, Market Indicators, New Business Models, Customer Expectations & Value Management, Acquisition and Retention of Customers, Pricing Strategies, Outsourcing & Crowd Sourcing Models, and Demonstration of ROI for the projects.


Test Outsourcing | Business Trends | Customer Retention | Innovation | Test Factory | Growth Strategy & Directions | Crowd Sourcing | Customer Acquisition | Customer Expectation & Value Management | Pricing Strategies | Testing CoE | CIO Expectations | ROI Measurement | Scaling TCoE | Reducing Cost of Quality

Emerging Areas

Track focusing on Emerging Technologies, Life cycle Models, Innovations, Ideas, Research Developments, Tools, Techniques, Methodologies, and ideas that are currently being experimented by the industry to move to the next level of growth and maturity.


Cloud Testing | Internet of Things | Compliance Testing | Model Based Testing | Virtualization | Agile Testing | Testing BIG Data | Security Testing | Managed Services | SOA Testing | SAAS Testing | Non Functional Testing Techniques | Performance Modeling | Maturity Models | New Standards & Frameworks | Latest Research

Program Management

Track focusing on Designing Delivery Models & Mechanisms with a focus on optimal use of tools, people, time, scope and quality. Discussions focus on methods that have successfully helped companies in estimating, planning, measuring, managing and controlling  the projects and programs.


Requirement Management | Scope Management | Test Planning | Test Estimation | Test Project Management | Test Execution & Reporting | Measurement & Metrics | Team Building | Distributed Testing | Test Process Improvement | Infrastructure Management | Earned Value Management | Lean Testing

Agile & DevOps

Agile methods encourage frequent inspection and adaptation, a leadership philosophy that encourages teamwork, self-organization and accountability, a set of engineering best practices intended to allow for rapid delivery of high-quality software, and a business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.


Agile Testing & Quality Strategies | Test Driven Development | Quality Control in Xtreme Programming | Automation in Agile Testing | Agility in Testing & Quality Control | Approaches / Examples for/of adopting Agile Principles to Testing Services | Agile Quality | Scaled Agile Framework for Testing | Integrating SAFe and TMMi

Tools & Automation

Track focusing on techniques and tools for enabling increased scalability, adoption, and thus providing non-linear growth for the organizational practices. Discussions focus on the best practices used by organizations to scale and increase the efficiency multi-fold.


Test Architecture | Automation | Enterprise Application Testing | Key Word Driven Testing | Embedded Application Testing | Tool Identification | Automation Frameworks | Tool Selection & Implementations | Lessons Learnt | Best Tools and Techniques for Test Case Definition | Reporting & Defect Analysis | Statistical Models | Predictive Modeling

Design & Innovation

Track focusing on identifying, nurturing, and demonstrating the application of design thinking principles to innovate, and out-perform the delivery of proposition of quality.  Discussions will focus on design thinking principles, application of design thinking, experiments in creating better experiences for customers.


Service Design | Service Innovation | Approaches for Service Design | Creating Quality by Design | Co-Design | Collaboration Models | Building Design Capability | Design Tools | Case Studies | Experiences in Design | Design Sprints

2017 Finalists

Presenters Category

Emerging methodologies for Project management in Digital era

Srinivasan Mangadu, Subramanian Kubendran and Vinithra Ashok from Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Enterprise DevOps: Testable Business Value (TBV) driving Continuous Delivery & Deployment

Harsh Agrawal, Ashish Agrawal and Durgesh Joshi from Amdocs India.

Assuring Quality at Speed through Predictive Analytics

Dattatreya Majumdar, Sayan Mukherjee and Sibsankar Majumder from Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Data validation framework in a modern era\’s challenging business environment

Prasenjit Ghosh, Vishal Bhandari and Abhisek Mohanty from Infosys Limited.

One Digital

Vinod Sundararaju Antony, Vinoth Balasubramanian and Ankur Joshi from Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Effective Testing Strategy for Data Migrations

Sravan Kumar Konidena and Ganesh Kumar Singh from ADP India Pvt Ltd.

Data Warehouse Testing Best practices to improve and sustain Data Quality – Getting ready for Serious DevOps

Ajay Nalabhatla and Srihari Gopisetty from WellsFargo Indian Solutions Pvt Ltd.

Automated Test Execution and Reporting pluggable solution using JIRA

Banani Ghosh and Tanvi Dharmarha from Adobe Systems Pvt. Limited.

An Automated approach towards Dev-Ops based continuous Regression Testing for SAP Landscapes

Navneeth Kowdle and Akshay Mullick from Cognizant Technology Solution.

Open source tool based automation solution with BDD implementation and continuous integration-Jenkins

Arun Kumar Krishnan and Maria Afzal from Cognizant Technology Solutions.

aBAP – NextGen QA Delivery Gear

Abhishek Gandhi and Vishal Gadad from Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Transforming Automation to Artificial Intelligence

K Manohar Reddy and Rakesh Aradhya from Allscripts India Private limited.

Quality Assurance in Blockchain

Arpan Sarkar and Jibendu Narayan Mazumder from Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Cognition in testing Cognitive Solutions

Sindu Vijayan and Vidhya Nandhini Paramanathan from Manhattan Associates.

What’s our job when the Machine does Testing?

Geoff Meyer from Dell EMC.

Machine Certified Test Data – Reality (or) Hype??

Muthu Venkatesh Sivakadatcham from Infosys Limited.

Performance Engineer – P2V Transformation

Hemant Kumar Choubey from Aricent Technology.

Strategizing Testing for Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Products

Hardik Verma from Capgemini.

Holistic Release Criteria

Sagar Bhagwat from PTC Inc.

Resilience Validation

Ramkumar Natarajan from Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Amplifying feedback through Microservices and Containers

Meghashyam Varanasi from Cognizant Technology Solution.

Statistical Analysis Based Service Catalogue

Raghu K T from Capgemini.

AI and Software Testing

Vikram Raghuwanshi from Capgemini.

Device Performance Testing

Ashish Jindal from QA InfoTech.

2017 Posters Category

Fraud Prevention Using Robotic Process Automation And Cognitive Voice Recognition: Securing Everyday Transactions

Megha Venugopal and Aswin Natarajan from Deloitte Consulting.

Mapping Artificial Intelligence to Software Testing concepts

Sonam Srivastava and Abhinav Arya from Siemens Technology and Services Pvt Ltd.

How to Learn Your Client

Nivedita Sidramappa and Uma Pujari from Allscripts India LLP.

Product Pipelines

Swapnil Gupta and Rushikesh Prabhune from PTC Software.

How I Performance Test Digital website in a single day from end user perspective

Rajat Taheem from L&T Infotech ltd.

Database Testing in Azure Cloud

M V Sarath Kumar from Allscripts.

ZERO cost Performance Test Automation Design and Implementation– CI/CD

PardhaSaradhi D from Infosys.

“The Startup Way” Mobile Testing : Agile Method with Lean Approach

Joshane Kelsy from Chillr – Backwater Technology.

Accelerate DevOps with Service Virtualization

Srilekha Devaraj from Cognizant Technology Solution.

Building framework for Security Testing on mobile platform

Aranya Biswas from Capgemini.



Learn from Leaders

14 Plenary Key Notes by Gurus, 25 Best Practice Presentations, 10 Poster Presentations, 04 Knowledge Tracks, 15+ Tools & Automation Demonstrations, Pre-Conference & Post Conference Tutorials, Pre-Conference Webinars. All in 2 days.


Showcase & Demonstrate

Your practice, expertise, tools, technologies, technique, experiences, and opinions to a global audience of senior professionals and practitioners. Create awareness, and get feedback with a community of over 12,000+ professionals.


Get Recognized

By contesting for the Best of Best Awards with 750+ best practices from over 300 organizations across 06+ countries. Winners of the Best of the Best – Testing Leadership Award get a featured speaker slot at QUEST 2018 in USA.


Meet, Interact & Network

Meet with over 800+ practitioners, International Experts, 100+ Leaders, Decision Makers, Influencers, and Thought Leaders in the field of Software Testing & Quality.


Explore & Partner

With individuals & organizations, expand your network influencers. Best place to find a new technology, new trend and new associates for your ideas and goals.


Get Inspired

By influential speakers, quality practitioners, evangelists, who have experienced quality from other walks of life, and other lines of work from across the world.


Get Tested & Win

A Challenge, a puzzle, a contest and finally an award and recognition. We encourage you to test your knowledge through online assessments, and skills by testing future products and take home a host of prizes and goodies. STC has 15+ different awards to recognize excellence.


Explore the Future

At the technology & innovation show case by the leading technology providers in the field of Software Testing & Quality. Live labs and tool demonstration sessions for you to experience the amazing new developments from various technology companies.


Support Profession

By attending, promoting, supporting, debating, joining the discussions and helping others in gaining insights and right perspectives, and providing feedback to the individuals and organizations through both online and offline interventions.


Have Fun

Work Hard, Play Harder is the motto at STC 2017. The Gala Dinner, Best of the Best Awards Night, lightening sessions, contests, quizzes, competitions and mock paper presentations, are just some of the many avenues created to make the professionals show their lighter side as well.


Testing Leadership Awards (2017)

The Testing Leadership Award recognizes leadership and contribution in the field of software testing. It will provide impetus and encourage contribution to the testing processes, skills and principles that make testing an imperative part of the software development life cycle. It will also encourage breakthrough achievements and innovative approaches in the testing process that aim to make successful products and services in the IT Industry.

Best of Best Awards

The Best of the Best Awards have been instituted to recognize practitioners for their excellence in the practice of Software Testing & Quality. Instituted in 1999, the awards have become an industry standard recognition for the practitioners.

This year, we received over 470 submissions from over 250+ organizations from 06+ countries to contest for the Testing Leadership Awards, 2017. After screening the submissions for relevance and appropriateness of content, 252 papers were shortlisted for regional rounds in 6 cities across India.

The regional rounds were hosted by Cognizant in Chennai, Deloitte in Mumbai, QA Infotech in Delhi, CGI in Bangalore and Capgemini in Pune. A Jury Board of over 40+ industry leaders evaluated each paper and finally gave opportunity to 34 best of the best papers at STC 2017 in Bangalore.

Winners of this year’s award ceremony conducted at STC 2017.



Quality Assurance in Blockchain
Arpan Sarkar & Jibendu Narayan Mazumder, Cognizant Technology Solutions

The paper illustrates techniques for assuring Blockchain: White-box Testing , Grey-box Testing -, Black-box Testing, Non-Functional Testing and areas such as Blockchain as a Service, Blockchain Cloud, Blockchain IoT and their implications on Quality Assurance.

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1st Runner Up

AI and Software Testing
Vikram Raghuvanshi & Venkatesh Babu, Capgemini

This whitepaper gives an introduction to Artificial Intelligence; and how AI touches our lives on day to day basis. It also talks about the usage of AI in QA.

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2nd Runner Up

Transforming Automation to Artificial Intelligence
K Manohar Reddy & Rakesh Aradhya, Allscripts India Private limited

This white paper will cover insights on how to build a test script along with test case design by using the ‘Automation Artificial Intelligence Framework’.

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Best Poster Presentation Award


Mapping Artificial Intelligence to Software Testing concepts
Sonam Srivastava & Abhinav Arya, Siemens Technology and Services Pvt Ltd

Artificial Intelligence approaches, clubbed with automation can do wonders and fetch faster results for complex market demands. This paper presents the number of Artificial intelligence approaches, that can be used by in the Software testing environment. Keywords: Software Testing, Test Cases, Test data generation

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Community Choice Speaker Award


Future of Testing in DevOps World
Wolfgang Platz, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Tricentis

In this keynote address, Wolfgang Platz, Tricentis Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, shares his vision of software testing in the digital future. Learn how enterprise application architectures and associated delivery models are changing, how testing must evolve to address these changes, and what testers can (and must) do to successfully navigate the road ahead.

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If you are a provider of IT quality and/or testing tools and services, this is a great opportunity to reinforce your brand’s presence by being represented and making yourself known at STC 2018 through the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

The conference features a two-day Exhibitor EXPO for “one-stop-shopping” of IT quality and testing tools, and services. Conference attendees can browse the exhibitor booths in the exhibition hall to gather information and speak with representatives from the vendor organizations. The Expo, gives sponsors direct access to conference delegates. Companies with software testing and development products and services will certainly benefit from direct sales interaction with this highly targeted and motivated audience.

The conference sponsors and exhibitors will host an EXPO reception on Thursday evening with conference attendees for additional networking opportunities.

Participation as a sponsor or exhibitor at this conference provides high visibility for your company. Your company’s name and logo will appear on the STC conference website. Secondly, your company’s name and logo will appear in all marketing materials for the conference which will be distributed to over 50,000 IT professionals across the India and globally. Lastly, your company will have direct contact with IT professionals attending the conference, which include management at all levels as well as practitioners who take information back to their companies that they gathered during the conference and Exhibitor EXPO. You can view past STC sponsors and exhibitors at STC 2017, STC 2015, STC 2014, STC 2013, and STC 2012.

We are now accepting requests for serving as a conference sponsor and/or participating in the Exhibitor EXPO. For more information please contact Pradeep Chennavajhula ( for a detailed proposal.


September 10, 2018:
Submission of Author Intent Form.

September 18, 2018:
Submission of Final Paper/Practice/Tutorial & Copyright Release Form signed by all authors.

September 22, 2018:
Regional Qualifying Rounds.

October 05, 2018:
Announcement of results for Regional Qualifying Rounds.

November 10, 2018:
Submission of Final Presentation for the conference.

December 06-07, 2018:
18th Annual International Software Testing Conference (STC 2018).

Now time for action!

Out of the total of 437 submissions received from 7 countries and 65+ organizations worldwide, only 295 submissions were invited to participate in the Regional Qualifying Rounds. Finally, only the top 26 Best of the Best submissions will compete for the Testing Leadership Awards, 2018 and the next set of 11 submissions will compete for the Best Poster Award during the two days of the conference in Bangalore.


Basavaraj Hugar
Founder and HO
Valuable Consulting

Bharathi Venugopal
Manager Development

Chetan Srivastava
Director Testing

Chandrakumar Raman
VP & Head CQ
CSS Corp

Haribabu Padmaban
Quality Engineering
Practo Technologies

Kunal Chauhan
Chief Technology Officer
QA InfoTech

Minesh Upadhyaya
Chief Operating Officer
QA InfoTech

Mukesh Sharma
Founder & CEO
QA InfoTech

Mahantesh Maganur
Department Manager

PraveenKumar Prem
Senior Manager

Prabhu Kogunde Matt
General Manager
Ericsson India

Rajesh Sharma
Co-Founder and CIO
QA InfoTech

Rahul Vishwaroop
Quality Leader
Adobe Systems

Roopa Satish
Program Manager
Tech Mahindra

Shrinathacharya LM
Principal Engineer

Sanjeev Das
Senior Director

Shrini Kulkarni
Vice President
JP Morgan Chase

Dr S Ramamoorthy
C.S. Officer
Harman International

Vivek Mathur
General Manager

Vinay Agarwal
SM Quality Engineering
Tavant Technologies

Prateek Yadav
Global Head Testing
QA Mentor

Chandrashekar Ramadas
Head of Delivery
Emagine Infotech

R Sitaraman
CSS Corp

Tejas Modi
Vice President
Intellect Design Arena

Prateek Yadav
Global Head Testing

Uday Deshpande
Opal Technology

Vijayalaxmi Kulkarni
QA Manager(R&D)

Ghanshyam Tiwari

Geetesh Raj Singh
Senior Director
NTT DATA Services

Hemant J Ambikar
Director Testing

Subbiah Muthiah

Mayuri Darabastu
Manager Quality Engineering

Durvasula Venkata Sreerama Sasyru

Vijayakumar K N

Venkata Goday

Nagaraju Vunnava

M Karthik Reddy
Associate Manager

Karthik Iyer
Senior Manager

Nilesh Yeola

Nehal Gutka
Deloitte Consulting






Regional Hosts




New Delhi





Rs. 12500

Per Participant

For individuals, corporate sponsored professionals/ teams interested in attending the complete 2 day event, including Entertainment Evening/ Gala Dinner and Awards Night.


Rs.  8125

Per Participant

For Professionals interested in attending the complete 1 day event. Choose either Day 1 (includes entertainment evening/ gala dinner) or Day 2 (includes awards night).


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