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Community Spotlight Presents Bram Bronneberg

  • 14/06/2013
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The Community Spotlight is a brand new feature on the EuroSTAR Blog which brings to focus those who matter in software testing industry in Europe – you, the members of the EuroSTAR Community!

We want to give you the chance to get to know more about your peers throughout Europe and share your own experiences, career highlights and some fun facts with the testing community by taking our Community Spotlight interview.

This Community Spotlight features Bram Bronneberg, Bram’s first EuroSTAR Conference was last year as a speaker.

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My name is Bram Bronneberg.

2.Where are you from?

I’m from the south of the Netherlands, near Eindhoven. In a town called Stiphout, that’s part of Helmond.

3.Where do you work?

I work as a managing management consultant at CGI, a global consultancy and solution provider. My work for my clients, my team and CGI itself brings me across the whole of the Netherlands. Sometimes it brings me across the globe, usually for conferences.

4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?

I got involved in testing when I was graduating. I was looking for a nice thesis subject and came across a Test Management case at CGI. I first tried to apply for the Galileo project but my education wasn’t that technical. Testing was a subject that wasn’t really covered in university so I thought let’s broaden my horizon. After winning the best thesis award, how could I not go into testing!

5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?

My first EuroSTAR was last year in Amsterdam where I was able give a talk. Had lot’s of fun and really want to go to Gothenburg this year. Hoping to make a yearly attendance!

6. What’s your favourite hobby?

My favourite hobby is Scouting. I’ve been involved in it from 1988 onward, first as a kid and from 2000 onward as troop leader. I really enjoy giving youngsters a change to socialise and learn in a setting that is a bit rough and back to nature. It is a challenge to make the time now and again, but it’s worth it.

7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?

Maybe I would have taken over the family business. My parents have a construction materials enterprise that they, on their turn, took over from their parents. My brother and I both went into IT and established careers for ourselves. My focus for the comming years is on building the company and honing my skills as a consultant. But maybe someday…

8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?

It’s difficult to give someone generic career advice but I can share what worked for me. I have always tried to argument my contribution in a project als value enhancing instead of deadline obstructing. Try to understand the intention of the solution at hand and assess the risks related to it so you can give insight into risk coverage. The decision to take the remaining risks for granted is up to the steering committee. If you do that, the stage is set for bigger cooler assignments. And who knows, maybe you get the opportunity to share your experiences with your peers at EuroSTAR.

9. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?

First things first, a cutting tool like a knife to ensure basic survival. Second my iPad, it go’s where I go. And last but not least a nice cold Belgium beer, a Duvel Tripel Hop for the enthusiasts.

10. What has been your biggest software testing challenge so far?

That was orchestrating the QA and acceptance process for a software factory, within one of the largest insurer in Europe, that would deliver SharePoint 2010 components to different brand sites. The sheer scale and nature of online Content Management made it difficult to draw the lines of responsibility. In the end the first labels went online this year.


Where to find Bram:

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