Flying High – Test Automation in the Boeing 777

Keynote 4     Start Time : 17:00     End Time : 18:00

Talk Abstract:

Are you confronted with automating tests of large, complex systems? Are there more conditions to test than you can do in a lifetime? Are auditors demanding compliance to a never-ending collection of regulations? Do stakeholders want slick dashboards tracking abstract key process indicators? Join Alexandre Bauduin as he shares his experience leading the complex system testing challenges of a real-time Boeing 777 Flight Simulator.

Alexandre will outline how he overcame the many challenges faced by combining his skills in test design and his expertise as an airline pilot, including the decision-making process used to focus testing and checking of the simulator, constrained by aviation authorities requesting a very detailed simulation with a blend of realistic scenarios and catastrophic failures. You will learn strategies to organize and prioritize automation, develop regression checking suites for very large mission-critical software systems, and report the meaningful information to stakeholders.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Be professional with an ethic: In my world it makes the difference between life and death.
  2. Think outside of the box: In my case it was transformed into a patent.
  3. Never give up and be creative: There is no right or wrong testing technique but there is a good one for what you are doing just now.

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      Alexandre Bauduin - Test and Integration , House of Test/Consulteer, Switzerland

      Alexandre Bauduin is a 53 year old world traveler. He worked in consulting firms gaining experience in several fields (medical, manufacturing, aerospace, pay TV, data warehouse—to name a few) in different countries (Switzerland, France, Spain, Canada, etc.) His career started in the space industry where he discovered his passion for aerospace, working on both military and civilian projects. He was sometimes steered away from aerospace but his passion pushed him to become an airline pilot, as a way to really understand how those instruments he programmed and integrated were operating in a cockpit. One of his last challenges was to organize flight simulator testing into a lean manufacturing environment. He works with milling machines, draftsmanship, accounting and finance, software development, electronic design and industrial robots, and it is always fun for him to use an oscilloscope, an ARINC bus analyzer, and step into assembly language or stall a Boeing 777!

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