Today we present you Ravi, one of our quality analysts!
Ravi, please introduce yourself! Hello, I‘m Ravi, and I'm a quality analyst. I’ve lived in Bangalore for almost ten years now after coming here to do my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation in 2015 I started my career as a risk analyst at Amazon. Eventually, I switched to the gaming industry and joined Moonfrog Labs, a game developing company, before moving on to Indium Software, a gaming testing as a service business. When I eventually decided to go for something different, I got the job at Logward.
We had some more guys from Logward that worked at Moonfrog Labs. Is the gaming industry a big part of the Indian tech-hub?
Yes, it is! Ankish and Hari also worked there as senior and principal engineers. Since Bangalore is the tech-center of India, a lot of startups find their place here, and a lot of people, just like me, come here to study but then stay.
But why is the gaming industry that famous in Bangalore?
I don’t think it is so much about the why. They had to start somewhere, and Bangalore provides the optimum environment for a startup. Looking back, just to give an example, I know at least two companies that moved over from London to Bangalore, because they found talented and motivated people that are willing to work on that kind of project.
They mostly focus on mobile games, right? Yes, right, the mobile world draws more and more attention. Even in rural areas it's becoming increasingly popular as a form of entertainment. A big part of what the gaming industry does is simply digitize old free-to-play card games. The high demand speaks for itself.
Thanks for that short excursion through the Indian gaming industry. What made you switch to the logistics/supply chain sector?
I'm not sure I chose the industry, it was partially because I wasn’t too happy with those two companies to be honest. My personal learning curve was steep and I met a lot of awesome people, but I felt that the culture wasn’t really to my taste.
How would you describe the step from gaming to logistics? The major change was from gaming to actual software testing. Besides, I’m a little familiar with the logistical industry due to my father’s working at a ware distribution company. Whenever I had time off, I helped him. This experience helps me to understand logistical processes and structures.
At Logward I get challenged on a daily basis by the new and exciting work that I am handling. I actually thought that it would change after a couple of months. But, somehow, the longer I’m part of the team the more interesting and vivid it becomes compared to previous tasks.
Would you assume that it is more complicated than gaming? Gaming is more creative; you have to come up with an idea and figure out the market and the niche for it. Technically, I had to understand the mechanics as a QA to cope with it.
In logistics the complexity comes with the scope of application. There were a lot of basics I had to understand before really entering my work. In the meantime, when we make a single adjustment, I have to know everything associated to it to ensure nothing breaks. This to be said, I have to evaluate its relevance, the impact on logistical processes and how it affects certain standards.
Interesting! Let’s take a step back. You studied mechanical engineering. Where is the connection to Quality Analysis?
When I came to Bangalore, I was not really interested in computer science at all. Eventually, I got a 90% scholarship for mechanical engineering, so I took it. Let's say it wasn’t my best time so I looked for something different after graduating, which led me to join Amazon as a risk analyst.
Along the way my interest in gaming grew as I used to play a lot, trying to understand the play styles and push the boundaries for various games. Eventually, one of my friends was senior designer and offered me a job at Moonfrog. Ultimately, I had my foot in the door of quality analysis. (Editor’s note: And the rest is history)
What exactly do you do as a QA at Logward?
Basically, my day to day work is testing new features and its requirements in our software. It consists of two essential components; the technical controlling and the user accessibility.
First of all, we have to ensure that the new features function with the rest of our technologies so far. Secondly, we test the customers' handling: does that feature provide what the user expects and are they able to use it properly? Can you give me an example of a project? Let’s take the user login. What we have to take into consideration is that there are only two fields: Email and Password. What I do now is checking the validation for username and password. Is the mail address legit? Is the password strong enough so it can’t be hacked? After integrating certain standards, we continue with negative testing. We try incorrect values that shouldn’t be correct and then check whether the system rejects it or not. Additionally, we check the reset function of the password. Generally, we take the feature and test individually every possible option, what the user can get and what we want to deliver.
That means you “check” the results of the software engineers, but you don’t do the developing?
Exactly. I’ve a general idea of how the coding happens, but I don’t have the expertise in software developing like the engineers. A comparison: I know how I want my dinner to be done, I know the ingredients and how it is supposed to taste. But I don’t know how to cook it.
Ok, now we have an idea of your career and what you do at Logward. Let’s get personal. What do you do besides working? What are your hobbies?
I guess it is obvious in my case. I love playing video games. But, actually, a lot of that time goes into research for new games available. The curiosity hasn’t gone yet. I just love to explore new games.
Additionally, I visit friends and just hang out with them. Especially during these times, I think it’s important to keep at least a few social contacts.
What games do you play? There is a pretty famous game called Dota which I play the most, an online multiplayer game. I started playing Dota during my studies and still do so. Can you completely enjoy playing or is it strange because you always look on how it is made? It’s definitely a struggle when you once know how it’s made. To be honest, you cannot really shift the prospect from it. You look at the content and exactly know how it’s made. Simultaneously, you start evaluating whether this is wrong or this could’ve been better. Anyway, I try not to worry and just enjoy it
Do you have an extra gaming computer? Yes, but I haven’t invested in a decent graphics card yet, so some games keep crashing. Anyway, games published more than one year ago work fluently with quite awesome settings. Do you both work and play on this computer?
No, I try my very best to keep them separately. I work on my Laptop and only when done with work I go into my gaming room. The temptation is pretty high, especially now during working remotely. But I manage to draw the line between work and play.
If you were part of one computer game, which one would it be and why? I’d probably choose Dota, because the idea of being a Hero is not too bad.
Winter or Summer? Winter
Card games or board games? Board Games
Comedy or Horror? Comedy
TV Show or Movie? TV Show
Formal or Casual? Casual
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