Let the testing begin!

The ctcLink Testing Team is "so excited" testing has begun. Maureen Avery, ctcLink/SBCTC Testing Lead is at left and Ciber's Testing Lead, Tawana Williamson, is on the right.

The ctcLink Testing Team is “so excited” testing has begun. Maureen Avery, ctcLink/SBCTC Testing Lead is at left and Ciber’s Testing Lead, Tawana Williamson, is on the right.

The first round of Systems Integration Testing (SIT1) got underway last week, beginning with a SIT1 Kickoff Meeting for the ctcLink project team. Testing Leads Maureen Avery (SBCTC) and Tawana Williamson (Ciber) gave an overview of SIT1, who is involved, process, timing, and what will be tested in SIT1. It’s a long list, and worth the click if you’d like to get a better idea of what functions and processes will be tested. It’s pretty much everything!

“We’re going to find issues in testing and that’s a good thing,” Tawana said. “Now is the time to find defects and resolve them.”

Maureen Avery discusses the testing schedule and activities during the Systems Integration Testing (SIT1) kickoff meeting.

Maureen Avery discusses the testing schedule and activities during the Systems Integration Testing (SIT1) kickoff meeting.

In this first cycle of testing, Ciber team members will execute the test scripts, while SBCTC team members observe. Testing is driven by the Business Process Diagrams created during the business process sessions last summer and the scripts provide a step-by-step guide of actions/processes to test in the new system. In the next testing phase (SIT2), the SBCTC ctcLink team and the post-go-live support team will be more hands on, followed by User Acceptance Testing, which will expand to involve testers at FirstLink colleges (Spokane and Tacoma).

Yesterday marked week two of SIT1 and Tawana and Maureen reported that the testing room on the first floor at SBCTC Bellevue was full, with the Ciber team carrying out the testing and logging/fixing/retesting the defects, while the SBCTC functional team members observed in preparation for SIT2 in late April, early May.

Sherry Straud, ctcLink Student Financials Functional Analyst, observes SIT1 testing while Ciber's Paul Leung runs through a test script in Student Financials.

Sherry Straud, ctcLink Student Financials Functional Analyst, observes SIT1 testing while Ciber’s Paul Leung runs through a test script in Student Financials.

For those of you who have been involved in the project since we began, or even since the BPA sessions last summer, you know this is a big deal and quite a milestone given all the work that has been done to reach this point.

As Maureen and Tawana noted: There are a few special moments in a project like this where it’s good to pause, look around, and take stock of everything that has allowed us to get to this point. The kick-off of Systems Integration Testing (SIT) is one of those moments. We would like to thank the project team and everyone out there at the colleges and SBCTC who has completed the activities necessary to get us to this point.

 

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One Response to Let the testing begin!

  1. Piper, Bridget says:

    Congratulations to all the project teams and the courageous first wave folks. Being the beta site is both an honor and a headache at times. This newsletter with photos captures the work, the teams, and the “OK, we can do this” attitude. That role model is as important for the next wave folks as learning how to make CTC work well. You are creating success!

    Bridget Piper
    Trustee
    Community Colleges of Spokane

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