Should Innovation be focus or a by-product?


Innovation is  the key to the future. All organisations and individuals, and possibly rightly so, talk of innovation in everything they do.

Should our focus be on innovation or being innovative? Do they mean the same? Does the act of getting better at what we are good at
naturally lead to an innovation? Are there any specific skills and behaviors needed for being innovative? Is necessity the mother of
invention or should innovations, in the spirit of newness, cater to imagined, well thought-out necessities? Do we continue to build better
for existing needs or take the world in a different direction altogether? Are the organisations truly innovating or is it the buzzword of the decade?

As software testing is the primary context of the conference, is there evidence of true innovation in the past decades? Have our questions
changed? Have our answers truly changed?

These and more questions are the subject of this panel discussion where panelists would freely contribute their opinions. The answer is
never the-one-right-answer.

Rahul Verma
CTO, Verity Software

Rahul Verma is a testing entrepreneur from Bangalore. He is the Founder of Test Mile and is the creator of Arjuna and Daksha frameworks. He is the author of, co-creator of CMAP certifications and one of the authors of ISTQB foundations. He is an advisor and researcher for SALT – School of Applied Learning in Testing. An awarded thought leader for his contributions to Indian testing community, he is known for his practical and unified view of software testing. His software testing experience includes test automation frameworks, agile testing, web security, Python, design patterns and web performance testing. He has presented, published articles and educated thousands of testers in the said areas.

Suhas Dutta
Founder & Managing Partner, 3nayan

Suhas founded and runs 3nayan, a niche consulting company which helps organizations be business and people proficient, mainly through Business and Digital Transformations.

He has recently helped created the strategic blue print for the Digital Transformation of India’s largest health insurance company.

Previously he has helped the then largest Clinical Research Organization through a transformation and large optimization-based savings for their global delivery centers.

In the past, Suhas has successfully held leadership positions in Fortune 500 organizations including being a Partner at Accenture and COO for the Global Delivery Network and India Delivery Centers Lead at QuintilesIMS. He has been at the leading edge of corporate strategy and technology, designing new business and outsourcing models and also running global CXO and board-level relationships.

An entrepreneur at heart, he has founded start-ups including one in niche ecommerce which he later successfully exited. 3nayan is his third successful entrepreneurial venture. He also mentors select startups helping them solve strategic and operational problems.

Suhas is a co-author of PMI’s the guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge 3rd Ed, a speaker at industry forums and guest faculty at educational institutions. He has a patent on Integrated Online and Offline School Supply Retailing Model.

Suhas is also a published photographer, an aviation geek and an aspiring musician.

Pradeep Soundararajan
Co-founder at Appachhi & Founder Managing Director at Moolya

Pradeep has been a tester, contractor, consultant, coach, trainer, founder of testing services, solutions and products over the 16 years he has spent in the industry. This exposure has helped him see testers and customers and understand different perspectives of testing in India and abroad. 

Pooja Shah 
Lead Automation, MoEngage Inc.

Pooja is an automation nerd and open source enthusiast. She loves brainstorming and implementing crazy ideas to figure out ways to improve the product quality. Having a blend of dev, qa & devops mindset, she strives to bridge the gaps between all the teams to attain the best results. Driven by curiosity to learn & share new things every day, she pens down, speak about & mentor teams. Few glimpses can be found here on YouTube.

Vidya Hungud
AVP – Head of Engineering SRE, Reliance Jio Cloud

A passionate technologist and a product leader with extensive experience (17+ years) in building highly scalable, resilient E-commerce and enterprise applications that are SaaS, IaaS and PaaS based. After having graduated with Master’s Degree from San Jose State University (SJSU, CA) with Major in Client Server Computing, Vidya worked in United States for large size tech company Sun Microsystems on Identity Access Management, mid-size product-based company Intuit on flagship products – TurboTax, QuickBooks, and startup company Software Tree on object-relational mapping software. Vidya has worked on AgriNova , an SMS based solution to help farmers sell their produce at a fair market price that gave an immense satisfaction of having put principles of Design Thinking into practice from ground-up. As an Innovation catalyst, Vidya has coached several startups at NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore in partnership with Pensaar Inc and at GHC on Design for Delight and Customer Driven Innovation. As a leader of Tech Women community at Intuit, lead 150+ women engineers, was on tech panelist at Cisco, Ericsson. Vidya has contributed as Agile Advisory Board member, has won best manager award at Intuit and has conducted hands-on workshop on edge Computing at OpenStack summit, Vancouver in 2018.  Currently, Vidya Hungud is driving part of digital transformation journey of India through Reliance, leading Jio Cloud platform and Site Reliability Engineering that entails design through deployment, post-production. As part of paying forward, Vidya has visited universities and educated on AI/ML, mentored women techies through,  speaker in BOAST19 conference, open stack summit, GHCI, and panelist at Cisco, Ericsson, Pensaar Inc. Vidya continues to drive charter for Tech Women at Reliance Jio.

Sreekala Sunderrajan
Global Lead – Collaboration Excellence, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Sreekala Sunderrajan is a Computer Science Engineer with over 14 years of experience in the Software Industry. She holds a variety of experience across Product and Service companies in multiple domains from Pure Software CRM Solutions to Engine based Printing, Investment Banking to Automotive Engineering. She brings to work a global approach with experience in working across India, Vietnam, Japan, Germany and Singapore handling teams with multiple ethnicity across the globe, geographies and work styles. A certified ISTQB and PMP , Sreekala has won recognition in the organizations she has worked for in the areas of leadership, creativity and strong presence. She has also conducted many workshops within her organizations on innovative implementations from time to time. She is a regular writer on testing and has published over 6 white papers in Testing at prestigious global conferences including QAI and Step-In. As a collaboration manager, she now travels to bring in transformation in teams across regions.


With a strong flair for people management, she frequently delivers talks as a motivational speaker in various forums. Her pet areas of influence are initiatives regarding people motivation, team strengthen, women encouragement, Positive outlook to work and life and self empowerment topics. A self driven individual and a passion to teach, Sreekala also Co Founded “Robokul Inc.” in 2010 as to bring in Robotics Awareness in children. This venture made her the recipient of the prestigious 10000 women scholarship in 2011 by the Goldman Sachs and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, a recognition given to the top 120 women potential entrepreneurs in a country, in a year. A professional Orator for over 17 years, she has also conducted numerous public speaking workshops. Winning over 300 awards, she was awarded the crowning “Governor’s award for Excellence” in Karnataka, India by Her Highness Smt.Rama Devi in the year 2000. A theatre hobbyist, Radio Voice over artist and a sportsperson who represented the state to victory in Throw ball and Karate, Sreekala holds a variety that is always used in brings teams together. She also volunteers as a Youth Faculty for the “Art of Living Foundation” and uses her skills to give back to society.

Rajesh Phillips
Development & Analytics Leader, IBM India Software Labs

Rajesh Phillips is a Program Director with 17+ years of experience in Software Product Development. He is an expert strategic leader and champion for change with a good reputation for lateral, out of the box thinking and delivering results. He has extensive experience in developing software products and leading incubation projects. Rajesh also works with customers on understanding requirements, mapping products to meet their requirements, resolve issues and collaborate with multiple entities on issue resolutions. Rajesh has 4 file rated patents in the area of analytics. He has lead various IBM teams to develop new products working with teams in various geographies. Rajesh is currently leading product development in MaaS360, IBM Security group. He works closely with customers and partners. Outside of work, Rajesh enjoys playing cricket, football, guitar, listening to music, outdoor activities, and travelling especially enjoy long drives. Rajesh holds an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Communication and an IBM Leadership Certificate from Wharton School. He resides in Bangalore, India and is married to Annie Phillips. They have 2 boys who are 19 years & 15 years old.