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Christian BrødsjøSenior Test Manager, Promis Qualify AS

Keynote Speech

The Sky Is The Limit – How To Test A New Airport Terminal

How does a small team of software testing experts approach the overwhelming assignment of testing and assessing the operational readiness of a brand-new €1.7 bn international airport? A list of test objects in the new 117,000 m² departures and arrivals areas of Oslo Airport includes a brand-new state-of-the-art baggage handling system, a new central building with 34 check-in desks and 12 security check lanes, a new baggage hall for domestic arrivals, as well as a new monumental pier consisting of 11 new aircraft stands and highly sophisticated flexi-gates. Vastly complex, deeply integrated airport IT systems and physical equipment – both new and legacy – all added up to this mighty challenge.

This is the story of how a small team spent a year working with airport stakeholders to test and trial every new system and procedure from passenger and baggage handling to security and airside operations using thousands of live test passengers, an enormous volume of test bags, as well as hundreds of million euros worth of real-life aircrafts. From designing test cases and writing test plans in a comfortable office to patrolling the vast terminal and airside facilities in construction boots, helmets and work wear, or getting dirty climbing through the baggage handling system, the test team went through every single detail to help secure a prideful and memorable inauguration of the new airport infrastructure.

About Christian Brødsjø

Dedicated test consultant with more than a decade of hands-on experience from large, highly complex and safety-critical software development projects in a wide range of domains. Fascinated by the exciting interface between technology and business, and always striving for continuous improvement and promoting the value of professional testing. Happily married and proud father of three boys and a little princess. Passionate reader and avid collector of rare antique books.

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