Euro Star Webinar February 2009 Thorkil Sonne


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Euro Star Webinar February 2009 Thorkil Sonne

  1. 1. The Surprising Right Fit for Software Testing Founder SPECIALISTERNE and SPECIALIST PEOPLE FOUNDATION [email_address] Webinar EuroSTAR February 2009
  2. 3. Personal background <ul><li>Father of three boys – one with autism </li></ul><ul><li>15 years within IT in telco businesses </li></ul><ul><li>3 years as president of local autism organization </li></ul><ul><li>Autism Prize 2004 by Autism Denmark </li></ul><ul><li>IT Prize 2008 by Danish IT Industry Association </li></ul>
  3. 4. SPECIALISTERNE <ul><li>Social Innovator </li></ul><ul><li>>5 years of operational know-how </li></ul><ul><li>autism characteristics are turned into advantages </li></ul><ul><li>case study at Harvard Business School </li></ul><ul><li>among 10 most promising global brands (Monocle) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Firm </li></ul><ul><li>Owned 100% by Not-for-Profit </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist People Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Best Large Social Firm Europe 2006’ </li></ul><ul><li>40 persons with autism </li></ul><ul><li>15 persons without autism </li></ul><ul><li>25 trainees with autism </li></ul>
  4. 5. Resources <ul><li>Autism characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>motivation </li></ul><ul><li>engagement </li></ul><ul><li>focus </li></ul><ul><li>persistency </li></ul><ul><li>precision </li></ul><ul><li>attention to details </li></ul><ul><li>follow instructions </li></ul><ul><li>structured way of working </li></ul><ul><li>high learning ability </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers </li></ul><ul><li>IT relevant education </li></ul><ul><li>job experiences </li></ul><ul><li>reduced working hours </li></ul><ul><li>stress </li></ul><ul><li>special understanding needed </li></ul>
  5. 6. Services <ul><li>Tests/Verification </li></ul><ul><li>static </li></ul><ul><li>dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><li>conversion </li></ul><ul><li>entries </li></ul><ul><li>quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>test </li></ul><ul><li>manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Global IT companies </li></ul><ul><li>CSC </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Cisco </li></ul><ul><li>SIEMENS </li></ul><ul><li>Danish companies </li></ul><ul><li>LEGO </li></ul><ul><li>TDC </li></ul><ul><li>KMD </li></ul><ul><li>Grundfos </li></ul><ul><li>Cryptomathic </li></ul><ul><li>Dafolo </li></ul>Customers
  6. 7. CSC – The Test Performance <ul><li>“ They are good at testing IT solutions, as they can use their fantastic abilities to remember every single screen image”, says Ivan Stig Sørensen, Programme Director at CSC. </li></ul><ul><li>CSC has employed SPECIALISTERNE to test applications for TDC, and one of their tasks was to control that screen images were correct. </li></ul><ul><li>They are very good at checking this – and we actually found they got faster and faster with no deterioration in quality.” In fact, they finished three days ahead of schedule. </li></ul>
  7. 8. CSC - The Human Surprise <ul><li>»I had a meeting with SPECIALISTERNE educational consultant, who helped us get to know our new consultants better. We furnished them with a special office, but otherwise treated them exactly like all our other colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>We ate lunch together – and we got to know them very well because they were a lot more outgoing than we had expected,« says Lene Talmer, Secretary at CSC. </li></ul>
  8. 9. CSC – The Business Case <ul><li>“ We have chosen to use employees from SPECIALISTERNE mainly because it makes good sound business sense. We have trouble finding employees willing to work on these tasks for any length of time. SPECIALISTERNE are really good at these tasks and they fit in well at CSC. </li></ul><ul><li>The decision to hire SPECIALISTERNE is therefore based on exactly the same considerations as when we purchase the services of any other consultants. The social responsibility is simply a fortunate added bonus,“ says Ivan Stig Sørensen, Programme Director at CSC </li></ul>
  9. 10. Relevance for the EuroSTAR audience <ul><li>Inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Access to specialist resources </li></ul><ul><li>With present SPECIALISTERNE operation via the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Access to local specialist resources </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership in international SPECIALISTERNE roll out (potential roadmap: UK, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland) </li></ul>
  10. 11. Let‘s meet in Stockholm at EuroSTAR 2009 Questions and comments Thorkil Sonne SPECIALISTERNE mobile +45 2020 0008