Aldo Rall

Aldo Rall

Knowledge Engineer
Software Education
location_on New Zealand

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Aldo Rall

Career Profile

I had my first experience in the IT industry as a junior programmer in 1998 at the start of the Y2K bubble. After gaining experience in development, I expanded my skills into the world of testing, and later started the journey into Agile, and more specifically, focusing on Agile Coaching.

 

Through this career progression, I gained exposure to a wide range of interesting opportunities in South Africa, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, I have mastered the practical elements of developing working software, Agile and best practices across a range of titles, assignments, projects, organisations and industries. What keeps me fascinated is the constant change which ensures that there is always something new for everyone to learn, regardless of experience levels or qualifications.

 

My greatest passion in IT lies in the ‘people’ dimension of the ‘people-process-technology’ mix, and how that translates into successful IT strategy, teams, projects and practitioners. As a result, I relish opportunities to coach, develop, teach and grow skills, people and teams, and to help them reach maturity at both strategic and operational levels.

Achievements

  • Delivered Agile training and coaching focusing on Agile Fundamentals and testing within Agile Projects with various clients
  • Delivered software testing training
  • Coached and Facilitated the transition to Agile in organizations and Teams including:
    • Release Planning
    • Iteration Planning
    • Iteration Reviews
    • Team retrospectives
  • Built and managed successful multicultural Testing (or QA) teams
  • Mentored and coached Agile and testing practitioners and teams
  • Conducted test maturity assessments using various tools (TPI®Next, TI4Agile, TI4Automation), and provided test improvement roadmaps for improvements on test maturity
  • Reviewed test strategies and lead test process improvement initiatives
  • Negotiated, imported and licensed several international training courses into the South African market:
    • Polteq from the Netherlands for various testing training courses, including TMap®Next
    • DragonFire and Janet Gregory from Canada for The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing
    • Software Education from New Zealand for several IC-Agile accredited Agile training courses

 

 

Career History Summary

Industries: Banking and Finance, Government, Healthcare, Information Technology and Small Enterprises

Company

Position

Term

Dates

Full Time Roles

Software Education Holdings

Knowledge Engineer

Permanent Employee

Jan 2016 to present

IndigoCube

(Clients: FNB, SBV, DVT, Rubric Consulting, Momentum, Hyphen Technologies, ABSA)

Agile and Testing Coach, Consultant and Trainer

Permanent Employee

Sept 2013 to Jan 2016

Dariel Solutions

(Client: Life Healthcare)

Test Manager

Contract

May 2011 to Aug 2013

DTS (Client: ABSA)

Test Project Manager

Contract

Feb 2011 to May 2011

Ilab (Clients: Schlumberger, Medscheme, Pick and Pay, Sun International

Test Manager

Contract

Feb 2010 to Feb 2011

Freelance (some part time work involved)

Technology Consultant

Contract

April 2009 to Jan 2010

European Medicines Agency

Test Manager

Contract

Dec 2008 to Sept 2009

theWorkshop, SSAT and LSN

Test Consultant and Test Manager

Contract

Aug 2008 to Nov 2008

Capital One Bank

Strategic Test Lead

Contract

Oct 2007 to July 2008

EDS, an HP Company

Senior Test Analyst

Contract

May 2007 to Oct 2007

Newkite

Test Manager and Consultant

Permanent Employee

Aug 2006 to April 2007

EDS, an HP Company

Test Consultant

Contract

Sept 2005 to July 2006

Limaskill

Director

Permanent Employee

Sept 2004 to Aug 2005

EDS, an HP Company (overlapped with Software Futures below)

Test Consultant

Contract

Jan 2003 to Aug 2004

Software Futures

Test Manager and Consultant

Permanent Employee

Jan 2001 to Aug 2003

AFA Systems PLC

Test Engineer

Permanent Employee

Aug 1999 to Dec 2000

Debis

Junior Developer

Contract

Aug 1998 to July 1999

Part time role(s)

INet Bridge

Mentor

Contract

Sept 2012 to Feb 2013

IdoSAP (UK)

Trainee SAP Netweaver consultant

Learnership

Oct 2008 to Feb 2009

Newkite Ltd

Principal Test Consultant

Permanent Employee

March 2006 to April 2008

GAP Nets

Director

Permanent Employee

June 2002 to Aug 2005

Education

  • 2009 - 2012: MSc in MMA (International Management), University of Liverpool, UK.
  • 2007 – 2008: Diploma in Management and Leadership, Chartered Management Institute, UK.

 

 

Professional Development and Certifications

  • 2015: Certified Disciplined Agilist, Disciplined Agile Consortium
  • 2015: Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) Experience Workshop, IndigoCube
  • 2015: Technical Skills for Testers, Polteq
  • 2015: E2E Testing, Polteq
  • 2015: Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking and Action, Coursera
  • 2015: ICP-ATA – ICAgile Certified Professional in Test Automation
  • 2015: Accredited as an ICAgile Authorized trainer for ICP, ICAgile
  • 2014: Exin TMap®Next Test Engineer Certification, Polteq
  • 2014: Exin TMap®Next Test Engineer Authorized Trainer for ICP-TST, Polteq
  • 2014: The Whole team Approach to Agile Testing, DragonFire (Janet Gregory).
  • 2014: ICP-TST - ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Testing, ICAgile
  • 2014: Accredited as an ICAgile Authorized Trainer for ICP-TST, ICAgile
  • 2014: ICP – ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Fundamentals, ICAgile
  • 2014: ICP-ACC – Certified Professional in Agile Coaching, ICAgile
  • 2014: ICP-ATF – Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation, ICAgile
  • 2014: Test Improvement using TPI Next, TI4Agile, TI4Automation and TI4LowBudget with Polteq
  • 2013: Firestarter NLP Practitioner Certification, Sratagem+ Group.
  • 2013: IBM Certified Specialist – Rational Quality Manager, IBM Rational.
  • 2013: Fundamentals of scrum and Agile, IndigoCube
  • 2013: Essential Skills for Business Analysis, B2T and IndigoCube
  • 2013: Detailing Business Data Requirements, B2T and IndigoCube
  • 2012: Intensive Coaching Training (ICT), Results Coaching Systems (powered by the NeuroLeadership Institute).
  • 2009: IBM Rational Robot Training
  • 2008: SAP Netweaver BI7, IdoSAP
  • 2006: ISEB/ISTQB foundation
  • 2006: PRINCE2 foundation course attendance
  • 2004: Certified as a Moderator by SAQA
  • 2003: Certified as an Assessor by SAQA
  • 2002: Certificate in Project Management, Damelin .
  • 2001: Introduction to the Rational Unified Process, Software Futures
  • 2001: Implementing the Rational Unified Process, Software Futures
  • 1999: Visual Basic 5 programming, Incus Data
  • 1998: Certificate in Foxpro 2.5 Programming, Bennie van der Berg Business Support Services.

Publications – Articles

  • Lost your way with Agile?, Software Education Blog, 25 February 2016
  • Ready yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse (and Fundamentalism in IT), Ministry of Testing, January 2015
  • Are you in the right Testing job?, Ministry of Testing, June 2014
  • Building a Strategic Security Testing Strategy, ITWeb, June 2014
  • How are you Staying Relevant as a Software Tester, IndigoCube Blog, May 2014
  • The IT Professional and the Driving Instructor, Co-Authored with Robin Grace, Modern Analyst, April 2014
  • Software Testing Trends to Watch in 2014, ITWeb, January 2014
  • How Easing Traffic Congestion in Stockholm can solve (some) Issues in Test Management, ITWeb, November 2013
  • Growing Need for Maturity in Software Testing, ITWeb, November 2013
  • Six Quick Ways to Lower the Cost of Software Testing, ITWeb, October 2013

Workshops/ Courses Facilitated

  • ISTQB Foundation in Software Testing, Software Education, 2016 to Present
  • Agile Fundamentals, Software Education, 2016 to Present
  • Technical skills for Testers, Licensed from Polteq, 2015 to 2016
  • E2E Testing, Licensed from Polteq, 2015 to 2016
  • Working on a Scrum Team, Licensed from Mountain Goat Software, 2014 to 2016
  • Agile Fundamentals, Licensed from Software Education, 2015 to 2016
  • The Whole Team to Agile Testing, Licensed from DragonFire Inc., 2014 to 2016
  • TMap®Next Test Engineer Exam Preparation Course, Licensed from Polteq, 2014 to 2016
  • Testing Fundamentals, Developed and presented the course for EDS (UK), 2003

Industry Presentations

  • A Peek at TMap®Next, IITPSA Software Interest Group in Software Testing (SIGIST South Africa) at Accenture Head Office, Johannesburg, September 2015
  • Challenges Faced by Testers working on Agile Teams, IndigoCube event at IBM Johannesburg, November 2014
  • A Peek at TMap®Next and the Future of Software Testing, Test Automation User Group of South Africa, Cape Town, Allan Gray Auditorium, May 2014
  • The growing need for Testing Maturity and Tester Professionalism, IndigoCube event at IBM Johannesburg, November 2013