Eurostar European Testing Excellence Award

I am proud and honoured to have received the Eurostar European Testing Excellence award for 2010. I’m particularly grateful to Geoff Thompson who proposed me, Graham Thomas who encouraged Geoff to put the effort in and my business partner Susan Windsor for putting up with me. Of course, I would like to thank the friends, colleagues and customers who provided references for the submission. Needless to say, I also owe a huge debt to my wife Julia and family.

To be singled out for the award is very special but I want to emphasise that I am part of a large community of testers. It is an honour to be associated with such a group of people in the UK, Europe and worldwide who are so generous with their time to challenge and to share their knowledge. In this respect, Testers seem to me to be unique in the IT industry.

Thank-you all once again.

27 Test Environments not enough?

I was in Nieuwegein, Holland last week giving my ERP Lessons Learned Talk as part of the EuroSTAR – Testnet mini-event. After the presentation, I was talking to people afterwards. The conversation came around to test environments, and how many you need.

One of the big issues in ERP implementations is the need for multiple, expensive test environments. Some projects have environments running into double figures (and I’m not talking about desktop environments for developers, here). Well, my good friend said, his project currently has 27 environments, and that still isn’t enough for what they want to do. 27 didn’t didn’t include the test environments required for their interfacing systems to test. It’s a massive project,needless to say, but TWENTY SEVEN? The mind boggles.

Is this a record? Can you beat that? I’d be delighted to hear from you if you can!