Palminder Sembhi | Interview

by | Feb 24, 2023

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform.

Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies. Get to know, SVGC Test Manager, Palminder Sembhi.

What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day?

Black coffee! I skip breakfast and coffee blunts my appetite until lunch. Also, phones play such an integral part of our lives, I like to catch up with the news before the day begins. With these intact I am ready for the day ahead.

What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

When I worked for a major consultancy, I led a team of testers for a major project for our client DEFRA. We worked weekends and late nights to ensure testing was achieved at a high standard. Upon recognition of our hard work the company gave us all red-letter day packages.

What do you love most about what you do?

I started as a software tester, and I still love the buzz I get when an issue with software is found. Usually this makes the developers question their code. In my career I have come across many developers who always think their code is flawless.

Having an application go live with minimum issues, really makes me happy. You can never have software, which is all bug free, but testing ensures any major issues are found before the application goes live.

What does your typical working day look like?

Currently I always start the day with a meeting with my team ask how they are, what they are working on and what their plan is for the day. Then it is back-to-back meetings discussing the various projects I oversee, make sure everything is on track testing wise.

When you hit a wall workwise, what do you do to help overcome the hurdle?

I find things are not as bad, when you sleep on it. If it is still an issue in the morning, I will take a step back to assess the situation, see where the problem occurred.

Also having clear communication lines resolves a lot of issues. If I cannot resolve it myself, I will always arrange a meeting to get to the bottom of the issue, with the relevant people.

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