Parshotam Lal Toora

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					                             Parshotam L. Toora
                       Experienced Agile QA Engineer
                          (Automation Specialist)
                                   My web site:
                                       Mobile: 07973 761104
                                    British and living in Berkshire

                                           ISEB BSc Hons

              Industries                                                      Agile Testing
         Travel, Finance, Media,                                             Scrum Kan-Ban
           Comms & Software                                                    TDD BDD

       5+ years as a QA Engineer                                        16 years as a Developer
     Selenium I/II JSoup Junit TestNG                                    Java C++ C Assembler
    Javascript Java C# Ant nUnit Gradle                               Oracle SQL PL/SQL Ant Make
     Rest/Soa Jenkins Fitnesse Cucumber                               HTML JSP Struts Bus Objects
                  Sql Server                                           Linux Shell scripting XML
                Grinder JMeter

                                   Agile Skills Description
QA Agile Engineer having the following responsibilities:
 Having the knack of finding bugs
 Developing Stories and Acceptance Criteria with POs and BAs, building Acceptance Tests
 Attending Agile Scrum events; stand-ups, Sprint ‘retros’ and planning, and Showcase.
 Automating the Acceptance Tests, addressing DHTML needs, grouping into suites, cross browser.
 Close collaboration with; developers, customers, and analysts
 Evangelise on the importance of automation, BDD, Pyramid Model, and am a regular blogger
 Interviewing prospective QAs

Making use of the following tools:
 Test Automation; Selenium, Java, C#, Junit, TestNg, Javascript, Fitnesse, Cucumber, Firebug etc
 Focused on various versions of; IE6-8, Safari, Firefox 3.0-3.6, and Chrome. Also Android and IOS.
 Websites built in; JSP, PHP, Spring MVC, Grails, Silverlight, plus Ajax
 Hands-on knowledge of various databases including. Oracle, MongoDb, and SQL Server.
 JMeter and Grinder for performance testing
 Ant, Maven, and Gradle with Cruise and Hudson/Jenkins for CI
 Cloud and VMWare for installation and environment testing

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Work History
Aug12-present        Telefonica Digital (Contract)        Test Lead
Manage end-to-end integration testing and performance testing for a PAAS web product.

Jun12-Aug12           BSkyB (Contract)                     Agile QA Engineer
Agile QA role specialising in test automation for BSkyB’s new video streaming platform Popcorn /
NowTV. The application formed the common server component serving a number of clients including;
Web, IOS, Android, Xbox and PS3. Built in; Grails, MongoDB, Groovy, and Javascript. The testing
framework was; Selenium WebDriver, Cucumber JVM, Junit, and Geb. Parse XML docs in Java.

Jan11-May12             O2 / Equal Experts (Contract)        Agile QA Engineer
Agile QA role specialising in test automation for O2’s new Upgrade web site built using Spring MVC,
and a new ‘back-end’ Rest Api underpinned by MongoDB . Developing a Test Framework following
the Pyramid Model using the Page Object pattern in Java, JSoup, Selenium 2, TestNG, Jenkins,
IntelliJ, HttpClient, and Gradle. Performance testing using JMeter and Grinder. Using SOAPUI to test
SOAP Web Services. Parsing JSON using Groovy APIs.

May10-Dec10          BSkyB (Contract)                   Agile Lead QA Engineer
Agile QA role for a new B2B PHP Web site. Developing a Test Framework using Java, WebDriver
(Selenium 2), TestNG, and Ant. Analysis of Cucumber and Fitnesse was also undertaken. Helped to
develop the Agile process with a greater QA focus. Lead QA in a team of three QAs providing
guidance on Agile and Automation and representing QA in project decisions.

Sep09-May10           Caplin Systems (Permanent)              Agile Senior QA Engineer
Agile QA Engineer on a finance web application developed in Javascript and Ajax. Caplin Systems
build ‘Single Dealer Platforms’ consisting of low latency backend data streaming components and a
Javascript Ajax based Web Trading application. Involved the production of AT, Selenium automation
using various technologies (java, ant, shell, python, javascript), exploratory testing, performance testing
using Webdriver , release implementation, regression test, and the production of QA metrics.
Aug09 – Sep09          iMeta (Contract)                     Agile QA Engineer
Agile QA Engineer testing a new web based Agile Scrum tool written in C# / nUnit / Silverlight / Sql
Server. Daily activities covered; reviewing User Stories, developing test plans, installing new releases,
running tests, reporting defects, producing automation scripts in C#, within Visual Studio
2008 – 2009          British Airways (Permanent)          Agile QA Engineer
Agile Lead QA Engineer on the ‘’ air travel web (JSP/Oracle) application. The role covered;
reviewing User Stories, defining business rules and Use Cases, developing test plans, running tests
manually, reporting defects, producing automation scripts in Selenium Java, maintenance of QTP
VBScripts, prototyping with Fitnesse, maintaining the Kan Ban board, and contributing to the Scrum.
2007 – 2008          British Airway (Permanent)        QA Engineer
Testing a Windows package for a mission critical Terminal 5 application. The tools used were; HP
Quality Centre, Windows Mobile, Excel, and PRISM. Included managing a team of two testers.
1989 – 2007            British Airways (Permanent)           Developer and Technical Lead
On joining BA I worked on various in-house BA applications as a developer using; using; C++, Solaris
Shell scripting, and Oracle, C, Pro*C, and OS/370 Assembler. I then progressed to a Technical lead
developer role covering the full development lifecycle. Involved extensive use of; PL/SQL, Java, Junit,
Shell scripting, and Oracle. Later I began focusing in QA, developing detailed regression testing scripts
and checking the quality of third party developer deliverables.

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ISEB ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing gained in 2009.

BSc (Hons) in ‘Computer Science and Business Studies’ gained in 1989 from Aston University
‘A’ levels in English, History, and Mathematics gained in 1985

Further Information
Here is a sample of my blogs:

Linked-in profile          

I enjoy walking my dog, practicing yoga, attending West End musicals, and travelling abroad.

I am happy to provide references on request.

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