The European Software Testing Awards 2016 winners announced during Gala Dinner

Last night the global software testing and QA community came together for a celebration of excellence, teamwork and innovation.

The fourth annual European Software Testing Awards 2016 took place on 16 November 2016 at the magnificent Old Billingsgate in central London. The Awards were hosted by TEST Magazine’s Editor Cecilia Rehn who was joined on stage by presenters from leading industry service providers Micro Focus, Amdocs and Worksoft, as well as several members of the Judging Panel.

2016 winners

The first award of the evening was the Testing Management Team of the Year, which was awarded to Lloyds Banking Group. The judges felt that the Group Operations Business Testing Services (GOTS) management team exceeded all expectations during their pivotal role in the planning and management of testing processes for the large UK based financial services group.

Tech Mahindra were awarded the Worksoft Testing Team of the Year for their ability to create and bring in a brand new testing team, and make it a success.

The Best User Experience (UX) Testing in a Project category winner was Harman Connected Services, for creating a world class betting and gaming experience with Ladbrokes and demonstrating exemplary UX work by testing/assessing the ease of use of Ladbrokes’ new multi-channel product.

The team at Virgin Media were honoured with the Amdocs Best Overall Testing Project – Communication award, thanks to their developed ‘Einstein’ solution that resolves service faults quickly for customers and slashed the number of call-outs to customers’ homes.

The next award on the night recognised Tech Mahindra as having the Most Innovative Project. Tech Mahindra’s entry successfully validated the non-functional aspects of an IoT (internet of things) platform.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Group took home the award for Best Overall Testing Project – Gaming. This entry presented a mapping tool that singularised test data to one location, so that it can be searched, filtered and displayed in an easily digestible way.

The seventh award was awarded to Tech Mahindra who took home Best Mobile Testing Project after the judges agreed this entry presented the best mobile testing solution, which was developed for a leading European retailer.

After demonstrating their expertise of test management, test automation, agile, performance testing, and most importantly, their move into DevOps, nFocus Testing were awarded with Leading Vendor. QA Mentor was recognised with a Special Commendation in this category.

Judges felt that Isabelle Magnusson from Ticketmaster was deserving of the Testing Manager of the Year award. Isabelle has shown great leadership skills, demonstrating Ticketmaster’s values in building their QA team.

The Best Test Automation Project – Non-Functional was awarded to Tech Mahindra for demonstrating the best use of non-functional automation in a software testing project.

Aaron Gibbon from BJSS was honoured with the award for Graduate Tester of the Year for his integral role in the testing of BJSS’ flagship NHS Spine 2 project, in which he single-handedly produced core test automation components on which the programme relies and which the NHS still continues to use.

Maveric Systems in partnership with Metro Bank was awarded the Best Test Automation Project – Functional for its use of functional automation in a software testing project. HARMAN Connected Services was awarded a Special Commendation in this category.

The Best Overall Testing Project – Finance was awarded to Brickendon Consulting for helping a large tier 1 investment bank roll out its new ecommerce platform across 30 different countries.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) picked up the award for the Best Overall Testing Project – Retail. The entry saw the successful initiation of the retailer’s ‘Distribution Centre 2’ program.

The judges awarded Cognizant Technology Solutions with Best Use of Technology in a Project, for the testing service provider’s design of a BDD-style testing framework with futuristic technologies like OCR and LUX sensors.

Home Office – Immigration IT Portfolio was recognised as this year’s Best Agile Project. Their testing project successfully demonstrated an agile approach to the judging panel.

Gojko Adžić, Partner at Neuri Consulting LLP was selected by the judging panel to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, for his hard work in the sector, in particular agile testing.

The final, overall award was awarded to Tech Mahindra for the entry they submitted for the Best Test Automation Project – Non-Functional category. Gregor Rechberger, Product Manager at Micro Focus, was on stage to present the Micro Focus European Software Testing Award to the Tech Mahindra team.

About The European Software Testing Awards

The European Software Testing Awards is an annual event held in Central London celebrating the very best in the software testing and QA industry.

A full list of the Finalists in each category can be found here.

The Headline Sponsor for The European Software Testing Awards 2016 is MICRO FOCUS, and category sponsors are AMDOCS and WORKSOFT. The Awards programme is also supported by TEST Magazine, Software Testing News and DevOps Online.

31 Media, organisers of The European Software Testing Awards, The National Software Testing Conference and publishers of TEST Magazine would like to thank its sponsors for their support.

Written by Cecilia Rehn.