Asif Mahmood

Meet Asif! He is the head of the QC team here at Computan.  In this installment of Behind The Coding Asif takes us on the latest things he’s looking to buy online, the huge role mentors have played in getting him to the point where he is today, and lets us in on the art of testing. 


Hi Asif! What are the last 3 things you Googled and why? 

Hi Sajeel.  The first most recent thing I Googled was the Prayer time app for my phone.

Can you explain what the app does?

The app basically reminds me when it’s a good time to worship and offer prayers. 

That is a very convenient app.

Yeah.  The day can go by so fast when we are working. Having an app like this so far has been helpful.

Agreed! What else did you Google?

I Googled the latest prices on Android phones.

You are doing a lot of mobile-related Googling today Asif 😊.

Hahaha yes, I am. 

Why are you looking for the price of Android phones?

I am looking to buy a new one for my wife’s birthday.

That’s nice of you, Asif! 

I didn’t buy it yet. Let’s see what happens.

What brands are you thinking of?

I prefer Samsung devices.  I use Samsung, and it works very well for me.

Ok! What else have you been Googling?

The third thing was a cricket bat.

What kind of cricket bat?

It would be a new cricket bat for my son.  He plays a lot of cricket.

Does he play on a cricket team or something?

Yes! He plays on a cricket team at a cricket ground on the weekends, and during the week, he plays with his friends.

What is his playing style?

He is a good bowler and a good batsman. He’s an all-rounder!

Sure, it sounds like you are doing a lot of online shopping these days, Asif.

Hahahaha…yes I certainly am.

Who are 3 people you'd like to have a dinner with simultaneously, and why?  

The first person would be Sheikh Sahib.

Who is Sheikh Sahib?

He was my matric/high school science teacher.  

What made him such a good teacher?

It is tough to say.  I only studied with him for about a month and a half.  

You only had him as a teacher for a month and a half, and he had a big effect on you?

Yes.  His teaching style was excellent.  I use his methods even when I try to train new QC engineers on our team. He taught me physics, chemistry, and math.

Ok! Who else?

Dennis Sherbak

Who is Dennis?

He was my team lead at a previous company.  Then, later he was the head of the QC department.  

Why would you want to have him for dinner?

He was a charming and intelligent person.  I learned many things from him and still apply many of his teachings in my job every day.  I owe you dinner, Denis, if you are reading!

And who would your third guest be?

Ilyas Qadri

Who is Ilyas?

He is a spiritual leader to me.  He’s another polite and pleasant personality.

So you’d have a teacher, a colleague, and a spiritual leader with you for dinner.

Yup!  A lot of mentors in my life, and I owe them all a dinner.

Where would you take them?

We would eat Karahi Chicken and have a few good BBQ items.

When was the last time you cried tears of laughter? 

Probably a few weeks ago! When I met my school friends.

Were these University or college friends?

Nope.  Elementary school and childhood friends.

Are you still in touch with them?

Yes! I am fortunate to still be in touch with my childhood friends.  I have known them my whole life.

What do you love about QC Asif?

Oh, man.  I love everything about it.

Can you elaborate?

I love art.  To me, QC is an art.  Finding bugs, breaking a website or an application, and helping find ways to make it strong.  To me, that is an art.

And that’s what you love about it?

Yes exactly.

What is something your teammates don't know about you?

You won’t believe it, but I was a developer in a previous life.  A lot of my teammates don’t know that.

Really? What kind of development did you do?

Front-end development.  I know HTML and CSS reasonably well.  I can do a few things in WordPress too.

So you are a developer disguised as a QC person?

Hahahaha! Yes, you can say that.