Testing with Autism_Techshare India 2014

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Presented by Thakurdas Paul from SAP Labs India Pvt Ltd.

Employment of differently abled individuals can lead to competitive advantages in business
Individuals with autism possess special talents which can be leveraged in industries such as software testing
Autistic employees can be trained to work in a corporate environment by providing the adequate support and training

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Testing with Autism_Techshare India 2014

  1. 1. Thakurdas Paul Feb 2014
  2. 2. Requirements in Software Testing Software testing involves:  Repetitive test execution  Scrutiny of changes in application  Repetition of tests in multiple systems, devices etc  Transparent reporting of issues/status  High volume manual tests due to limited automation support/benefits What becomes a challenge and monotony for regular testers over time, can be managed with autistic testers  strong on observation, repetition and openness © 2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Confidential 2
  3. 3. Case Study: Suite Test Engineering, SAP Labs Bangalore employs autistic individuals for software testing 2013 Business as Usual 2012 Implementation 2011 Ideation - Research about the topic Planning - Contacts Autism Society of India, Prayas Candidates selected, Orientation on Autism Sensitization for mentors © 2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Confidential 3
  4. 4. Case Study: Suite Test Engineering, SAP Labs Bangalore employs autistic individuals for software testing 2013 Business as Usual 2012 Colleagues report to work Close interaction & daily feedback with parents 2011 Training on professional etiquettes & soft skills Ideation & Planning Training on software testing © 2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Right work area identified to tap skills Confidential 4
  5. 5. Case Study: Suite Test Engineering, SAP Labs Bangalore employs autistic individuals for software testing 2013 2012 Implementation Business as Usual Demonstrate independence Minimal behavioral and social issues Productive work 2011 Additional colleagues recruited Ideation & Planning © 2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Confidential 5
  6. 6. Journey so far…. Challenges Encountered:  Identification of the right tasks  Educating on s/w testing  Managing the behavioral issues  Making them independent  Documenting the test cases specifically for these colleagues Learning/Best Practices:  No common strategy/approach for training/managing as each individual is unique  Identify the right tasks based on individual  No forcing/ persuasion if not interested  Parents are the best source to get consulting in managing them © 2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Confidential 6
  7. 7. Key Takeaways  Employment of differently abled individuals can lead to competitive advantages in business  Individuals with autism possess special talents which can be leveraged in industries such as software testing  Autistic employees can be trained to work in a corporate environment by providing the adequate support and training © 2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Confidential 7

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