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Over 15 years experience in development and testing our emphasis is on communication and delivery.
Development - We can provide application for any use and will work with youmore...Over 15 years experience in development and testing our emphasis is on communication and delivery.
Development - We can provide application for any use and will work with you on the requirements until the goals are clear, we work with a built in contingency for changes because there are always unexpected challenges that change the design. We are visable contactable and based in the UK.
Testing - Any applcation is testable (any platform). If a system can be clearly defined then it can be tested, we will work with you to make sure this happens. Testing is delivered to you in a clear concise manner with regular reporting and issue based records. Testing is not just about bugs and defects, an issue can be a risk, a question, a defect or a change. We are actively involved in the management of these records with you and deliver not just a bug free application but a reduced risk and a User friendly system.
Area Covered: uk, London, Surrey, International
Company Name: Pluraweb
Industry: Information Technology
Work Experience Summary: Progressing from the business operations to test management in the last twelve years to build a varied project background covering public and private sector, internet and international banking, internet based offshore betting, human resources, insurance, imaging to workflow, Digital Television, web based application and websites, e commerce, stock broking, pensions, government and parliamentary applications and. Testing on multiple platforms and performing roles in every stage of the testing process. Using testing tools, in-house applications, internal and external interfaces. UAT management, training, release and sign off. Risk management, project planning, risk and impact assessment, performance and scalability testing, assessment and input. Implement testing strategy and theory. Creating test methodology and systems. Skilled in data analysis and data migration and delivery assessment, Implementation and addition of interfaces, end to end testing throughout all testing phases. Extensive defect management and database ownership and frequent defect and issue revue meeting experience. Offshore management and maintenance of quality.
Always applying a positive attitude to work as well as the ability to communicate with all areas of a business or project to perform the role that the project requires and taking that role to its conclusion. Testing and test management is about communication, identification scope and risks and making these visible, traceable and controlled.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
11 April 2003 - ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing
1983 âï¿½ï¿½ 1990 THE REIGATE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
3 âï¿½ï¿½Aâï¿½ï¿½ Levels
Jan 2008 Current âï¿½ï¿½ Syscon Justice Systems HM Ministry of Justice âï¿½ï¿½ C Nomis
Role Lead test analyst/Defect manager
Environments: Oracle 10g. Forms and Reports 10g on Windows XP. PL/SQL. System is built with Oracle Forms 10g as the GUI front-end with back-end Oracle Database 10.2.0.4.0. Reporting is undertaken using Oracle Reports 10g and Business Objects. C Nomis consists of in excess of 400 screens and the database has approximately 800 tables. Accessibility/assisted technology tools Dragon NaturallySpeaking V9, Zoomtext V9, JAWS V8 (Build 1177) for Windows, TextHelp Read and Write Gold V8.1 for Windows Applications
Duties: Varied role including defect handling, defect management, defect review board and diagnosis with the UAT team, direct client support after going Live, system testing releases, and full regression packs. Updating of scenarios and test scripting in Quality centre. Liaison with the client, planning of change requests and services to be provided. Data analysis and assistance of QTP team. Usability and process testing from User scenarios. Specialisation in sentence calculation, fines, financial, assisted technologies, financials and general ledger, offender pay and release date scenarios. Seconded onto Accessibility/assisted technology tools team (Jaws, Dragon, read & write Gold) to complete compatibility testing. Defect tracking and handling on behalf of the team and individuals. Complex test scenario creation in various environments. Attendance of the weekly Defect Revue Board, feeding actions result and decisions back to the team.
June 2007 Oct 07âï¿½ï¿½ HM Home office âï¿½ï¿½ Prison service HRMS (4 months, 2 contracts)
Role Functional and performance tester
Environments: Oracle 11.5.10 Release 2 Modules, HRMS, OTL, iExpenses, Self-Service. Unix Platform: Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-bit). Technologies, PLSQL, Reports 6i, Discoverer, Java (OA Framework), Workflow
Duties: Main tasks include creation of data matrix for performance testing and creation of relevant script packs for automation or manual application. Creation of realistic scenarios by liaison with business and development support teams, feeding this information back into the test harness.
Examination of risks and performance test approach and methodologies, to create the most realistic scenarios within the environmental limitations.
April 2007 âï¿½ï¿½ June 2007 HM Home office âï¿½ï¿½ Prison service HRMS (3 months , 1 contract)
Role: Functional Tester
Environments: Oracle 11.5.10 Release 2 Modules, HRMS, OTL, iExpenses, Self-Service, Unix Platform: Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-bit). Technologies, PLSQL, Reports 6i, Discoverer, Java (OA Framework), Workflow. Part of the Shared Service program.
Duties: System testing for EDS on the HMPS Phoenix Programme second implementation. Creating and managing test scripts and defects using Quality centre (administrator level) and documentation provided. Creation scripting and execution of modules for resourcing, i-expenses, Self Service, OTL, Regression testing and completion of re-tests and fixes from 1st implementation. Oracle HRMS is a combination of modules designed to provide a complete HR system.
The role required a very quick learning curve and application of knowledge to test preparation and execution. The complex multi interface system required a lot of preparation and test scenario coverage in a highly complex environment. Building a liaison with the business Users and department experts, directly where possible and indirectly where necessary, to gain information and achieve signoff to match exit criteria, and help then articulate the requirements in testing terms. Working weekends and weekday overtime to complete a very tight testing calendar. Close interaction with the development team was required to reach the goal and meet the technical requirements and testing was completed successfully on time within the set criteria.
Jan 2007 âï¿½ï¿½ April 2007 Lombard P4RM
Role: UAT Test team analyst & system tester (contract)
Environments: NT and XP clients, Websphere platform and oracle DB, J2EE.
Duties: The NBPR projects objective is to completely replace the current front-end system used by all national business centres to record asset finance deals of all kinds. The application (p4rm) is a web-based system written in Java, residing on an Oracle Database, which is being developed by a third party software supplier.
UAT focused testing assisting the P4RM system to pilot. Defect handling in Test director , test scripting, re-testing , change request analysis, writing and script performance. Creation of daily defect statistics. Duties varied but the key focus was to assist all members of the team on the asset management system and numerous interfaces. Assisted creation of test data with automation using QTP and manually, creation of training manuals and documentation for release.
Risk estimation for pilot release became the focus as the launch targets approached and closure and assessment of historic defects moving towards LIVE date.
April 2006 - December 2006 Interactive television & website testing (direct client engagement)
Role: Test manager & supplier end to end (contract)
Environments: Digital television, SKY, NTL, NETGEM and emulators. Mobile phone /various. For web testing Windows 98. ME.2000
Equipment : Paessler Webstress, MANTIS defect tracker in house defect and issue tracking and script management application.
Duties: Testing carried out from Pluranet Ltd offices in Redhill in Surrey on interactive TV channels & a large scale website. Presently both these project are still confidential. Testing carried out was a full scale end to end from planning, scripting & execution including stress and volume testing.
Defect handling and hosting was provided by Pluranet for the web testing project.
Nov 2004- March 2006 The Knowledge Network (HM Government Cabinet Office) (17 months 6 contracts)
Role: Test Manager (contract) Security Clearance = SC
Environments: Multiple platforms used including Lotus Domino 5.0x/6.5x and J2EE environment. Dominoâï¿½ï¿½s two main applications are Electronic Parliamentary Communications (EPC) and Consumer Direct Online (DTI) that run on Domino 6.5.2, multiple interface components that provide end-to-end functionality between KN, third parties, and the customer. Tomcat(JVM) / Apache, and in CDO, HTDIG open-source web crawler & search engine amongst others.
J2EE Digital TV based application. DirectGov (available through Sky,Telewest, NTL, Netgem amongst others) including a StarterKit for local authorities to update local information on-line for access over digital TV; LSC learning skills council - an entry point application to encourage central / local government digital TV usage; and a GP Plugin amongst other. All digital TV applications were J2EE based hosted on IBM WebSphere Application Server 5.0.24, with a clustered DB2 8.2 UDB backend. WAS servers were vertically and horizontally clustered. All hardware was IBM and was hosted on a combination of 330, 345, 360 or Blades. Most applications were based on either MS 2000 Advanced Server or MS 2003, however some SuSe Linux was also used as a check-in / check-out CVS. In most cases applications were SMTP mail enabled for feedback or administrative notification and problem log escalation.
Duties: Management of Test director and introduction and implementation of the formal test process. Introduction of automated operational process testing was completed using Winrunner, stress testing using Paessler Webstress. Examination of QTP. Multiple application testing some with preparation, some without. Functional and defect/change request handling. EPC for example made use of XML feeds from Parliament to import and export questions and answers between the House of Parliament and government departments. CDO was a two tier application providing information to the public and the department to enable them to answer enquiries easily and effectively.
Digital television testing for function and usability on Direct Gov, GP booking system, learning skills council. Preparing applications for release on multiple platforms to standards set by hosts (Sky SSSL for example)
Feb 2004 âï¿½ï¿½ July 2004 MFT (Fidelity) Tonbridge (6 months, 2 contracts)
Role: Lead Tester (Contract)
Environment: AS400 GFAS based testing EMX . GADA . Defects raised to Test Director and PACE (in house system) . Gada EMX is a Corba based server, it is written in Java and uses Orbix - a CORBA compliant server from the company Iona. It establishes a connection to the EMX service over the internet using a secure socket connection (SSL). Messages that arrive from EMX are decrypted and converted into XML for internal processing. The Gada Gui is an applet that runs inside a browser, it uses IBM Websphere as the web server.
Duties: Firstly eight weeks scripting for a new release of the workflow application and a new end to end indexing system. Then seconded to a second project to script for a dealing and valuation interface for third parties that allows straight through processing into GFAS (AS400) and back via the GADA interface. Execution of the EMX testing functional, integration and volume.
May 2003 âï¿½ï¿½ November 2003 Legal & General Croydon and Kingswood (7 Months , 2 contracts)
Role: Lead Tester (Contract)
Environment: FPF âï¿½ï¿½ In House pension administration system based on IBM OS 2. Defects raised on Test Director. (various releases). Payroll Gateway - A web based system enabling employers to import, validate and process member contribution data in preparation for processing by Pension Programme\'s mainframe batch system (PC/NT, Windows NT Server, Websphere 4, UDB, Java, MQ Series, CICS, OS/370 Mainframe/DB2). Exposure to Agile methodology. Tested using Test director scripts and defect tracking. Exposure to agile methodology.
Duties: May to August âï¿½ï¿½ Based in IT center at Croydon IT centre testing Occupational Pensions Rules release. Mainly test execution within structured environment allowing date and time manipulation to simulate the progress of pension products.
August - Based in Kingswood Surrey testing Payroll Gateway customer facing interface. Testing web based file driven interface allowing large scale accounts to administrate personnel and pension detail changes.
September to November âï¿½ï¿½ based in Croydon IT center testing Bonds product release âï¿½ï¿½ Integration test confirming that new products will operate correctly in live environment.
Jan 2001 âï¿½ï¿½ Mar 2003 ACE International Apollo projects (22 months, rolling contracts)
Role: Lead Tester/business analyst (Contract)
Environment: Multi-Tier Image and Workflow application, online access to all incoming and outgoing mail and other documents referenced to various indexâï¿½ï¿½s, Client software and services written in VB running on Windows 2000 Database, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 12 on RS6000 AIX. AFD Postcode database. Data migration to and from other systems including NT MSSQL, AS400 DB2, UDB on W2K and Microsoft Access 2000. Currently > 600 users in UK, moving system into Europe, Internet Explorer 6. Microsoft Office 2000 suite. Bespoke intranet test plan management, defect tracking and version management system.(exposure to T-plan) Rational Team test Robot, Manager and Administrator
Duties: Apollo phase one was an attempt to replace manual paper files with an in-house filing system with desktop delivery for items needing processing. Then addition to the index could be added by multiple methods to allow a User friendly way to work saving time and money in processing but tailored to the individual.
Testing on arrival was in the very early stages and required setting up. Working closely with a strong team of developers and Users a regression testing and UAT procedure was set in place leading to several partial launches as the system was rolled out on national scale each time adding more functionality.
Duties were varied, test scripting and performance, liaising with Users to plan new functionality, controlling defect and enhancements via the intranet based fault-reporting system developed as the project ran. Co-ordination of errors and the subsequent full lifecycle test and release.
Control and maintenance of Rational tools, Robot, Test Manager and Administrator was an ongoing task as fundamental changes were common during development. Contact with Rational direct regarding all relevant issues.
Aug 2000 âï¿½ï¿½ Dec 2000 Arena Leisure PLC - (ATTHERACES) (4 months, 2 contracts)
Role: Senior Tester (Contract)
Environment: Distributed WEB site based on Broadvision technology for production of dynamic WEB pages and governed by a Dynamic Control Centre (DCC). Real servers to provide Video streams (Live and archive feeds) Sun E450 WEB Servers running Netscape server 4.1 PIX firewalls. Infomix ,database. Actuate reporting software, various versions of IE and Netscape Browsers. Postilion Credit Card validation system interfaced to Barclays Merchant Services (BMS).
Duties: The project aim of the project is to provide a specialised horserace betting internet site that reacts to the knowledge level of the individual customer. The aim is to provide a site that was more than just a betting front end, it should be a âï¿½ï¿½puntersâï¿½ï¿½ haven allowing the customer to add to his knowledge, conduct research and even watch the race live via satellite.
Several partners were involved in the production form early on and the whole process was driven by the team of journalists and customer services put together to run the complete site.
Testing with the team based in Guildford involved a very diverse set of duties. The first being to help the team to complete a full regression pack of scripts based on the functional specifications and business rules. In addition the first contact with the financial engine of the site had to be initiated using the companyâï¿½ï¿½s web server and Barclays Merchant Services. The system used âï¿½ï¿½Postilionâï¿½ï¿½ software to link (simulated during initial testing).
Mar 2000 âï¿½ï¿½ Aug 2000 Abbey National - Cahoot Internet Bank Project (6 months, 2 contracts)
Role: Tester (Contract)
Environment: CBS (Java and Html based web front) AS/400 IBM ICBS (Comprehensive banking system) Fiserv alliant/CRS/
Branch Teller (GUI front end for ICBS) CBS Corepoint (web browser GUI for customer input application) Paysys Visonplus/CMS
(Credit card processing), development and testing liason, PVCS Tracker (Fault reporting/tracking system) MS Office 97/2000 applications.
Duties: The Cahoot project was designed to be a stand alone internet bank aiming at a specific IT literate market. Testing and development were scheduled for a very fast pace to match the competitors in the same field and aimed to be launched by spring 2000. Scripting had to be completed for the second phase and then the web product itself was released to a limited selection of Clients before the aim turned to a public launch and a National advertising campaign.
The partners in the project were all involved in the development and testing phases to allow the product to evolve into an exciting internet application which can stand out amongst other products.
The role itself was fast moving and encompassed many areas of banking. The Webfront had to communicate with the backend systems while maintaining the performance the customer will demand. Security of the bank was of course a primary concern and future technologies had to be considered during testing (WAP mobile phones for example).
Mar 1999 âï¿½ï¿½ Dec 1999 UNISYS SWEDEN- The Kompass Project (9 months, 3 contracts)
Role: Lead Tester & UAT manager (Contract)
Environment: Unisys A Series Server, MS Windows NT, Unix, Linc 16, Oracle
Duties: The Kompass project was started with the goal of creating an independent banking system for a partnership of Swedish banks. The banks and Unisys were to work together to create this from a base product and take the project to a âï¿½ï¿½liveâï¿½ï¿½ status by late 1999.
The testing team was comprised of not only Unisys and contract personnel but also the customers own test team. The roles created by this partnership were a diverse mixture of UAT (training and operation), release control and fault re-testing, team co-ordination and application, GUI interfacing, SQA based volume testing, test scripting and execution, compliance issues, test environment creation and control.
The project created the functional specification that formed the basis for the testing. These specification were challenged by each test and generated faults or changes the specification if necessary. The product was created with a full set of compliant specifications for the customer to use.
The role required 24 hour flexibility and an ability to work within a team or individually, achieving goals and deadlines throughout the term of employment. The challenging project moved at a very fast pace and created new challenges every day (or night). The system went live in November 1999 and is operating today.
Jul 1998 âï¿½ï¿½ Feb 1999 UNISYS SLOUGH (8 Months, 2 contracts)
Role: Tester (Contract)
Environment: Unisys A Series Server, MS Windows NT, Unix, Linc 16, Oracle
Duties: The development testing team at Unisys was formed in July 1998 to assist the other existing areas of the United Bank of Switzerland project. The new teamâï¿½ï¿½s role was to create test scripts from the design specifications and apply them in the development phase. The principle function was to reduce the number of âï¿½ï¿½faultsâï¿½ï¿½ in the software before GUI and full system testing took place. The Tests covered the full range of banking products available to each client and made sure the introduction of improvements did not effect the overall product. The actual tests were performed on Linc. The GUI test then took place and finally the system test. The test scripts were written with an exit criteria in mind that only allowed the test to be completed when the correct number of faults were fixed and retested leaving an acceptable percentage of faults remaining.
The UBS project was a dynamic ongoing operation designed to produce new versions of the original software with specifications for individual clients. The work produced by the various teams was controlled by QMS appropriate to each individual role specified in local practice.
The Unisys testing and development system is based on a Unix platform run off Windows NT incorporating Unisysâï¿½ï¿½s âï¿½ï¿½Aâï¿½ï¿½ series server. Coding, system design and database management was handled primarily by Unisysâï¿½ï¿½s proprietary Linc 16 language and the Oracle DBMS.
Nov 1996 âï¿½ï¿½ Jun 1998 FIDELITY BROKERAGE SERVICES UK
Role: Tester/business Analyst
Environment: C, Microfocus Cobol, PL/SQL, Oracle, MS C++, PCP/IP, Windows NT, Unix
Duties: Fidelity Brokerage Services UK was an experimental business arm of Fidelity Investments. The principle aim was to create a discounted stockbroking system. The role included co-ordination of the user acceptance testing, construction and maintenance of test plans, and writing test scripts for each new version of the \'in house\' system (stocks shares equities derivatives). The testing itself would incorporate at the beginning between 12 and 15 individuals and later other whole departments who formed part of the processing teams. The test results were rigorously examined and each new version increased the efficiency of the system. The data and its effects of the testing were studied with the aid of SQL and specially created test environments, synchronised testing was achieved by the use of mirrored test environments. All results were measured again with SQL to expose any change in the data pattern from environment to environment.
Working on in house systems, Vision and Tarot. Tarot was written in Microfocus Cobol, C and PL/SQL and ran on a Unix environment. Vision is an in-house product to capture orders, execute trades and provide client information. Vision was written in Microsoft C++ and is run under NT. Vision had a messaging based architecture built upon NT servers it connected to PCP/IP to an Oracle database on Unix.
Apr 1995âï¿½ï¿½ Oct 1996 LOMBARD MOTOR FINANCE PLC
Role: UAT Tester
Duties: Working at Lombards was split into two departments at first, and later solely technical. All aspects were based on financial agreements relating to motor vehicle finance and leasing .
Customer Services, Telephone Unit:
Administration of all customer calls, advising Customers of their rights and conditions of the Consumer Credit Act regarding their account settlement.
Refunds and Rebates:
All aspects of payment failure were addressed in this area, all methods of payment covered and direct customer contact.
Technical Unit âï¿½ï¿½ Leasing Department:
Contact maintained with thousands of customers and dealers who guaranteed the contracted hire figures agreed at the beginning of the arrangement. Co-ordinated team effort, good basis of technical skill and a clear concise manner with customers when reiterating the finer points of a lease arrangement were required.
Education Summary: 13 Years in IT and specialising in testing. ISEB certified.
Project and Test Manager