Covid-19 Response Update from TTC NZ - April 28th

Weekly update on covid-19 from TTC NZ for 28th of April

  • Shane Ross
  • 28 April 2020

Welcome to Day 1 of Level 3

The long weekend is over and with it, the Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown. Welcome to the world of Level 3. While a shock to many in forcing new ways of working, the general feedback from our own people and our clients is that they have settled into the new regime well. And all are thankful for the efforts of our essential workers in keeping the country running.TTC has still been busy over the period:

  • We hosted the Tauranga Test Meetup on Wednesday April 15th. Open to all test professionals in the Tauranga area it was a useful exchange of information, ideas, and tips for working remotely.
  • The Tosca Test Managers meetup was held on April 21st. Topic was distributed execution (DEX). Being a virtual meeting this was the first nationwide Tosca Test Managers meetup. The first chance for those managing Tosca-based Test Automation teams to meet across the country.
  • TTC has been creating our virtual stand at the 2020 Tricentis Accelerate conference that is happening on April 30th (NZT). The event is free to attend and you can register for a seat here.

Tricentis themselves are doing their bit to help in the efforts against Covid-19. They have offered free access to the Flood.io load testing platform for Government, NGO, and NFPs in support of the COVID-19 situation. For further information click here and contact me to get this set up.A reminder on training resources available. In many ways Level 3 differs little to Level 4 for the ICT sector. It represents a good time for skills refresh. Tricentis has a number of free online certification courses available:

Many course are free until 30th April. The full list of Tricentis Academy course can be seen here.

TTC has documented its approach to Level 3, Level 2 and beyond. Through the current Covid-19 pandemic TTC has the following overarching principles:

  • TTC will always defer to https://covid19.govt.nz/ as the authoritative source. These protocols are drawn up based on the advice from the government for the different alert levels and will be revised as these are changed by the Government.
  • TTC’s policy is to adopt the Government mandated Level guidelines as a minimum.

We are also asking our staff to keep their own register of contacts made each day – in the event that it becomes useful information due to positive Covid-19 result for them / their circle of contacts / client circle of contacts / TTC contacts. Our suggestion is that our staff record this for themselves and only share when requested to if needed and by the Ministry of Health.

We are more than happy to share with you our TTC company planned approach. Contact me for a copy.

TTC is committed to our staff health (physical and mental), as well as working with the rest of New Zealand to stamp out this virus and its impacts as quickly as we can. We see planning and collaboration being key to achieving this as the nation looks to move from Level 4 to Level 3 and beyond.

PS: We have been busy honing our SAP Test Automation skills on a few client projects as well working with LiveCompare. Feedback from one local source has been that if they had access to our technology and skills for their most recent SAP upgrade it would have saved them a significant amount of time and cost in test effort. We appreciate that proof is best demonstrated. If you have been considering how to reduce the cost of testing - without compromising risk - and want to see some onsite proof flick me a reply and we can sort something out.

Enjoy the short week. Appreciate the reason. We will remember them.