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Why Sri Lanka needs a good talk show ?

The talk show is a popular television programming concept in the modern era. Mainly one who does TV shows discusses various topics, from politics to gossips to sports. It is also a part of a reality TV concept. This concept has gained a major attraction in the western world, in many cases; the shows have made their
hosts famous. Ellen Degeneres, Jimmy Fallon are classic examples for this.

But, how this is going to fit into the Sri Lanka? Do we have a need for this?

Truth to be spoken, We don’t have a great television crowd as US/UK (or even India) have. Our television crowd used to watch a news program (on a preferred TV channel according to their political taste, of course!) and watch a couple of teledramas (more likely some dubbed Indian soap operas or Sri Lankan ‘mega teledrama’ influenced by Indian soap operas) and go to sleep. On a special day, they may watch a special program/ or a special movie (31st-night program on televisions/ or 31st-night movies).

So, is there a chance to break into this routine? From what I believe, Answer would be yes. Even though people stick into the above-mentioned routine, Most of them are not satisfied on what they watched (or rather forced to watch).

If someone breaks this box, most certainly people will love and follow that trend. Sirasa Super Star / Derana Dell Studio / Sri Lankan “Mega Teledramas” are good examples for this.

When Sirasa launched Sirasa Super Star, they didn’t have a very good start. In fact, It started as another typical program with an average attraction. But after a point, it had gained the attraction. People started to enjoy the performances of the contesters, Critical comments by the judge board. Program slowly picked the game changing flavors.

Derana Dell Studio is also not your average musical program. It is about adding a new value to the existing musical arrangements. Totally new concept to Sri Lanka, People liked that concept – they love the color of the program. If I’m not mistaken, the program was aired at 9.30p.m, but then Derana decided to move it to the 10.30 p.m. slot. But that didn’t affect the program. People still liked it and still watched it.

Unfortunately, nothing good to talk about Sri Lankan mega teledramas, but whether we like it or not, it is also a part in day-to-day Sri Lankan life. Initially, this has started as an alternative to the Indian soap operas (Sinhala dubbed Indian mega dramas). There was a time when TV channels dedicated their most popular time slots (8-10p.m) to Indian dramas. This affected the local television drama industry. So local directors/producers decided to create the same concept in Sri Lankan flavor. But unfortunately, the alternative has made the situation worse. Now we barely see a good local tele drama. But whether we like it or not, this trend has made a huge impact in local television culture.

So, What I was trying to imply is that, if there is a will to make a change, we always have the vacant slot. Coming to the topic, If someone makes a good TV talk show, It would most definitely a hit program. What should be the structure of the talk show? What are the topics to talk about the talk show?

As Simon Frodo said, Human is a political animal. Whether we like it or not, we need to talk about politics/ We love to talk/listen about politics. Not necessarily about crossovers/ corruption charges against previous governments etc, But about how politics/politicians effect in general life.

On another hand, We may never run out of topics to talk. We are life in a country with full of controversial things. Look around, you may find zillion numbers of topics to talk.

So Who is going to host? What would be the most appropriate time?

Hosts on a TV talk show play a vital role. As I mentioned, in most popular cases this program makes hosts more popular. So the selected host should definitely be a talented individual, who has a sound knowledge of current affairs. He/she should have the sense of humor, which is also another vital factor to keep the momentum of the program.

If I have to suggest a person, I would suggest Chathura Alwis, Kamal Addaraarachchi for this
position. For the time slot, It definitely has to be on a weekend. Any time slot around 7-9 would be good.

Now all of above are my imaginations, I don’t know whether anyone ever going to implement this or not. But I would be thrilled to see the above in action in Sri Lanka!

…. And I need to sleep right now!

 

2016 Goals – As a Tester

One would argue that creating a set of goals or a set of tasks should have done before a new year. But considering other factors around me on this period, I was not able to complete this. So here’s my wish list for 2016 as QA professional.

  • ISTQB Exam – I’ve completed ISTQB foundation level examination in 2013 and I had a little plan to do the next examination, which is the advance level examination in 2015. But lack of preparation forced me to not take the hurdle. So I’ve decided that I should take advance level examination in this year, unless something important factor stops me from doing it.
  • QA Dummy – This is the latest addiction of me ( What is QA DummyΒ ? ), I am going to pay some serious attention to this because a) It is kinda fun thing to being an “administrator” of a web site πŸ˜€ b) I’ve invested/paid $18 to get the domain c)Β I seriously like the idea ( of course, that is why I’ve created this thing ). So I’ve coupled plans defined me with me and I will start executing those stuffs as time permits for next 10 months. ( PS : How QA Dummy started )
  • Pair Testing – Though I have not 100% tried this method in real work, This sounds pretty amazing ( At least from the stuffs I’ve read ), this is something I am planning to apply in real work.

Apart from that, I should keep this blog space busy ( Even though I’m writing/editing stuffs for the QA Dummy ). So hoping for a good and awesome 2016 !>

QA Dummy – Starting point

This is basically a blogging platform to enable others to contribute. This concept is widely used in global arena but not in Sri Lanka. So this is my take on to implement this in local industry.What I’ve understood from the past couple of years that, Sri Lankan QA professionals are somewhat isolated among others. Especially when comparing with the other IT professionals. They are just known/recognized as set of bunch who do some verification of the application/software, or rather a final go-to-person to give OK to a release. But If you dig bit deeper, QA department of most companies is representing 10% -20% of the revenue. But we are the least recognized, Sadly!

Also when QAs are allocated to a certain project, they are there for a long period of time. On plus side, they can master the domain and be an expert on that particular domain. But again this leads to the first step of being isolated. Nobody knows what you are doing. You don’t get the recognition for the stuffs you did.

So this idea first came to address above issue. Then when I think more about this, I’ve got several ideas and I’ve decided to write all of those ideas on a piece of paper.

So basically, I’ve 05 main ideas;

  1. Blog articles – Ideas is to be a common platform to anyone to write. May be you are a QA lead or a QA engineer or a Trainee, Designation doesn’t matter. Complexity of the article/post doesn’t matter. If you are passionate about writing about your experience then this platform will provide you the space and publish the post with given recognition/credits to you.
  2. Provide help on exams – Everyone of us would like to do / plan to do the famous ISTQB exam. But most of us are postponing that because of a) We don’t have time b) We don’t have resources c) We don’t have the motivation. So this platform will provide the necessary motivation/resources to do. Maybe we can combine all good ISTQB resources to a one place, So anyone can refer them easily without spending hours on google.
  3. Meetup coverage – Nowadays we have so many meetups. SLASSCOM quality circle is organizing some valuable meetups. But truth to be told, it’s bit difficult to find the time to attend those meetup. Sometimes we are having major release or a client call or may be a personal commitment. What If someone ( from the participant’s point of view ) can write ( or give a coverage ) about the meetup / or upload a video of the full meetup. then the people who missed the event can access it and get something from it.
  4. Create a forum – We have so many question about our job, Testing methods/ Automation opportunities ? So here, we can post our problems and we can point them to right direction/right person to answer.
  5. Expert article series – QA industry is matured, we have people over 20+ years of industry experience. We can interview them and share their experience about testing. Perhaps this will benefit to the newcomers to select the right path.

Right. So missions are defined. Then I needed a good name. I’ve got different names/ideas but finally decided to go with QA DUMMY. Of course, I was inspired by the “Dummy book series” πŸ™‚

So with all these, I’ve sketched the basic structure. I have ( had ) a WordPress site ( http://qadummy.wordpress.com ). So rather than creating a separate web/blog site, I’ve decided to change some content of my old wordpress site to suite to new requirement.

Then came the investment part. I knew that It’s not going to work, If I go with the wordpress.com extension. So then I’ve searched for the hosting options and most of them are going to cost me around $30 – $40. After considering so many things, I’ve decided to buy the [.]com domain for a one year. ( If it is goes well, then fine – But If it is not, the also it’s fine. Simple If-else saves the life )

So when everything is done, I’ve informed my ideas to few of my immediate leads and I was received good and positive feedback. Most of them were really keen to write/contribute to this, which makes me really thrilled. Then I’ve shared this idea with my peers in my company and some selected colleagues outside the company. Good feedback from everywhere πŸ™‚

So, My initial ideas was to run this thing for one year ( at least till [.] com domain name expires ). I will contribute to this as much as I can and I’m sure that most of my fellow QA folks will do the same. After all this is all about us πŸ™‚

#HappyTesting