How to catch a hispeed train – End2end testing at NS Hispeed

BY : softtestireland - Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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How to catch a hispeed train – End2end testing at NS Hispeed

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.

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.

Speaker Biography

Nathalie Rooseboom de Vries is Test Teamleader at an underwriter called Turien & Co. in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. She speaks on national and international test events on regular basis, writes in specialist publications and participates in the Dutch Standardization Body (NEN) workgroup for Software and System development. She is very passionate about (software) testing in general, but the subjects E2E-testing, Ethics/Philosophy and Test Architecture are most favorite. Nathalie is also known online as „FunTESTic‟.

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