Experience

The Judge Group

Bloomington, MN

Consulting QA Analyst for Test Automation AT Express Scripts, Inc
July 2010 - Present
  • Tested 16 web services (SOAP, WSDL, COBOL copybook) and 1 Message Broker (JMS) on a blended environment (WebSphere, Mule CE & EE, Oracle and CICS)
  • Interviewed 14 candidates to fill 6 open contract positions
  • Conducted 9 training sessions on SOAtest via webcast for 24 individuals in multiple US locations and offshore
  • Developed a utility for creating a complete project estimation and schedule for the testing effort on projects that is used by 7 members on the services QA team
  • Developed an integration with Parasoft SOAtest in HP Quality Center to automate the scheduling and result reporting. Created training documentation and conducted live training via webcast for 4 individuals
  • Created 16 test plans and test suites for functional automated tests, and 23 test suites for automated regression using HP Quality Center and SOAtest, and tracked task, test progress and defects using HP QC and Rally
  • Created 9 Production data loads using Oracle SQL loader, PL SQL, and standard SQL scripts, and validated production installs for 11 implementations
  • Wrote more than 70 utility scripts in Jython for generating random test data within specific parameters dynamically at test run-time
  • Provided technical expertise for testing within a service architecture to 3 divisions in 5 geographic regions, and assisted in the development of a testing architecture for application/system integrations on a large scale project during a company merger

Hennepin County Justice Integration Program

Minneapolis, MN

Principle QA Analyst
October 2006 - July 2010
  • Lead Test Automation effort for a team of 15 testers using Rational Functional Tester and Performance Tester, and served as Admin for the IBM Rational Tool suite
  • Performed Load and Performance Testing, and created baselines for 3 applications contrasting performance on Windows and Linux based Webshpere MQ platforms using Rational Performance Tester and Parasoft’s SOATest
  • Managed the testing scope for 12 interdependent projects, creating and executing test plans and test cases
  • Created training documentation for 4 applications that documented established business use cases
  • Used MS SQL to query test results and perform root-cause analysis for 7 applications, and a message logging database on 3 test and production environments
  • Facilitated User Acceptance testing with staff from multiple state, county and city government agencies to monitor message traffic and increase user knowledge of system dependencies while building user confidence
  • Served as county-wide authority on Software Quality Assurance best practices, and presented an overview of Quality Assurance and Control methodology for the County IT Department user group

Kroll Ontrack

Eden Prairie, MN

QA Analyst for Test Automation
October 2005 - October 2006
  • Served as primary resource for the creation and maintenance of automation code for a team of 14 testers
  • Assisted in the creation and maintenance of a tool-independent, keyword-driven automation framework for use in the testing of 4 applications
  • Produced more than 25 tests across 5 projects, and used mathematical theorems to create definitive tests for dynamically validating search operator precedence within multiple contexts
  • Created 10 Use Cases, and trained 3 other testers in use case concepts to develop build tests that cover a broad scope of test requirements
  • Participated in group requirement analysis and testable requirement brainstorming sessions, contributed to project retrospectives with project stakeholders, and collaborated in defining project scope based upon time estimation of testing effort

Cornerstone Consulting (now VIP)

Bloomington, MN

Consulting QA Analyst AT GMAC-RFC
September 2004 - October 2005
  • Lead Quality Assurance efforts for 10 member project team, and managed the defect recording and reporting using Mercury Test Director, in addition to creating and maintaining Mercury WinRunner automated test scripts
  • Performed System, Regression and load/stress testing across 7 applications on 2 separate project teams using both manual and automated testing techniques
  • Analyzed requirements and system design documents to develop test scenarios and testing strategies on over 15 projects, wrote 5 test plans, and communicated testing progress via weekly team meetings and status reports
  • Served as point of contact between external business group, third party vendors, and project team while traveling internationally to conduct requirements gathering and perform systems training with external business group

Allianz Life Insurance Company

Golden Valley, MN

1999 – 2004, as Quality Assurance Analyst
1995 – 1999, as Case Representative
  • Analyzed business and technical requirements, and designed test cases for COBOL and Java applications on mainframe, client/server and web platforms
  • Participated in system design and analysis for 3 large-scale projects, including the development of an intranet system, and the migration to the AS400 platform from a mainframe
  • Worked with and led cross-functional teams and end users to analyze and implement business requirements while managing risk and deliver high quality product implementations
  • Tracked and analyzed software metrics, analyzing maintenance costs, and improving testing efficiency by over 50percent for 3 separate testing efforts
  • Developed and implemented over 25 test plans, meeting and surpassing organizational quality standards while conforming to organizational process and methodology standards
  • Trained more than 20 new accounting staff members on Cognos Impromptu and PowerPlay

Education

Capella University 2010
Minneapolis, MN

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) with an emphasis in Software Architecture

Augsburg College 2003
Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems (MIS)

QAI Global Institute 2003- 2012
qaiglobalinstitute.com

Certified Software Tester (CSTE)

Int'l Software Testing Qual Board (ISTQB) 2013
istqb.org

Foundation Level (CTFL)