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In 2007 I took my first steps in a program for the High Speed Train called ‘Fyra’ in the Netherlands. I was hired for a specific project within the program: End-to-End testing of the vending, control and financial systems regarding the Fyra. This is an experience talk about this end-to-end test. What will I talk about:
I used a generic test plan and generic approach. The actual execution was done (mostly) on a pragmatic basis. I used both knowledge of the ‘traditionalist school’ as the ‘context driven school’. I adapted ‘standard stuff’ to cope with the complexity and agility (nót meant as ‘Agile’ here) within the project. I also changed components when I learned something new, f.e. Exploratory Techniques from EuroSTAR’09, when I thought it would do a better job. I had new, existing and changing components in my ‘chain’. I also had changing suppliers and processes, new processes and even at one time a changing (upgrading) infrastructure. I didn’t have the luxury of saying: “Hey tough luck, I will have to postpone my testing until you’re done”. It took a lot of adaptability, on-the-spot risk analysis and re-planning. Using timed components in a generic planning can help reschedule immensely.
A lot activities were actually non-testing activities. Expectance management, communication and politics swallowed up a large amount of available time. The execution of the tests only used up a couple of percentages of the total time.
The bulk of time was used up by getting the environment ready, lining up the people involved, instructing the people involved, designing test cases and writing stories and a lot of time was used to evaluate the results and follow up. Real life testing with real life customers, using a Closed User Group, camera’s and a survey agency. Not only did I get a lot of info on the actual systems and it’s usage, but management got to see ‘their’ clients. Resulting in some crucial changes but also the awareness that ideas might not always be in the customer’s interest.
And…No experience track without any anecdotes right? I have some very cool ones!
Proving the newspaper wrong;
A white swan causing a black swan situation; -the Sliding Momentum and
As attendee of this track you get to hear about hands-on experiences in an end-to-end test and how I applied theory I learned in practice. Tale from the trenches AND the books.