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Test Strategy, Test Estimation, Planning and Execution Retail Bank

Swindon, United Kingdom
May 16, 2020

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Monish Bharwal Email ID –

Banking Test Consultant at IBM Contact Number - +44-744*******


I am a highly accomplished Test Consultant with over 10 years of work experience in all the phases of software lifecycle and specialize in Test Strategy, Estimation, Planning, requirements shaping and analysis, send to end scenarios preparation, execution and producing test outcome reports. I have expertise in banking domain consulting and delivering end to end solution of business processes. I have a verified track record of working in complex IT projects and exceeding expectation. I have been involved in delivery of critical/regulatory business process change with aggressive timeline. I am experienced in managing team of maximum 6 analysts as part of onshore/offshore model.


Test Strategy, Test Estimation, Planning and Execution

Retail Banking Domain knowledge of: Current Account, Savings Accounts, Mortgages and Payment (BACS, CHAPS & SWIFT)

Test & Defect Management in tools like HP ALM, JIRA

Requirement Traceability Matrix

Sprint Planning and Product Backlog Refinement Requirement in form of user stories

Testing in Continuous Integration environment, Agile and Waterfall

Stakeholder Management as well as third party suppliers

System Test, System Integration Test, User Acceptance Testing

Automation script in selenium java

Project Profile (IBM CIC UK)

Client : Nationwide Building Society Project Title : AMLR, GDPR, NDM, IO

Role : Test Engineer Period : June 2016 – till date

As a part of sprint team, I am working as a Test Engineer for a project names Anti Money Laundering Regulation, No Deposit Mortgage – where customer can apply for a 100% LTV mortgage and another project is Interest Only- where customer can select Interest Only product for mortgage. I am responsible for test delivery of software release starting from test planning, scripting, execution, automation, and through to delivery.

Test Strategy, Test estimate and Planning for system, system integration, user acceptance and performance testing

Providing daily status update to Stakeholders through meeting or sharing daily status report over email

Co-ordination of Test Activities (Onshore & Offshore) along with third parties in setting up test environment and code deployment

Producing Test Plan and Test Outcome Report for different phases of testing

Reviewing business requirement and functional design document to identify gaps in initial phase of test cycle

Actively participation in Requirement and design walkthrough, Release and Sprint planning, Sprint Review and retrospective meeting

Support team member in writing and reviewing end to end scenarios in behaviour data driven format and making sure all requirements are covered

Support team in test execution and running end to end scenarios

Exposure of API testing using tool SOAP UI. Like GET and POST

Conducting and leading hardening sprint/UAT along with business users and get their approval

Sharing test evidence with business user/product owner in initial stage of testing so that they can have first-hand view of the product rather than getting involve in later stage of test cycle i.e. hardening sprint/ UAT

Risk and Issue Management and providing mitigation plan for the same

Requirement Traceability Matrix and Defect Management and finding the root cause of the defect

Good knowledge on setting up project/release in Jira like backlog, Active Sprint, Reports & Defect linkage

Running daily scrum meeting and keeping track of the sprint progress through Kanban board in Jira

Writing automation scripts in selenium java for regression scenarios

Support offshore team in setting up virtual machine and making sure all the required software installed on their machines which require for testing

Test data management and make sure that scramble test data should be in place before start of execution

Setting up release pipeline in TFS as part of continuous deployment so that code deployment happen overnight without losing working hours.

Project Profile (IBM India)

Client : Nationwide Building Society Project Title : Several Projects

Role : Test Consultant Period : July 2010 – May 2016

As a Test Consultant have worked in multiple project and across various banking platforms like Mortgages, Current Account, Saving account and overdraft, Payment Platform (BACS, CHAPS & SWIFT), Digital Platform, Mobile Testing, SAP Banking. Within this duration worked on client location for 3 years and was single point of contact for client and offshore team from testing. As Test Consultant was responsible for:

Provided Testing Services (Estimation, Planning & Execution, Reporting)

Co-ordination of Testing Activities (Onshore & Offshore) along with third parties like environment, development and design teams

Making sure the quality of test deliverables is of high standards. Always review every document like Test Plan, Scenarios, Scripts & TOR before sending to client

Attending Status Call & providing coverage matrix to client

Preparation of Business Documents & PPT for knowledge transition

Running the Scrum Call and keeping track of Kanban board, Defect Management, follow up with respective developers, Environment support and Product Owner to provide update on the queries/defects raised by scrum team and make sure there should not be any blocker

Help design team in creating user stories for build and test

Providing technical support to team while testing webservice through SOAP UI and Automation

Conducting Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum/Sprint meeting, Sprint walkthrough at end of every Sprint and get the approval from Product Owner

Making sure that enough user stories should be in shaped status as per scrum team velocity before start of next sprint

Actively Participated in requirement and design Walkthroughs

Helping automation team in writing automation script in selenium java

Project Profile (Syntel India)

Client : Fedex Project Title : SmartPost

Role : Test Lead Period : December 2008 – June 2010

Smart Post Print Returns Label is a reverse logistics solution targeted for large Business-to-Consumer (B2C) shippers that ship low value, low-weight items. Large B2C shippers understand that returns are a sore spot for consumers and a deterrent for shopping online. To encourage online shopping, the returns process must be easy in order to create a positive customer experience and encourage repeat purchasing.

I was Test Lead involved in Systems Testing and also worked as Client Side for 1 year. Was responsible for:

Producing Test deliverables likes Estimation, Test Plan and Test Outcome Report

Testing of ETL Mappings, reports in Business object.

Preparation of Business Documents & PPT for knowledge transition.

Peer review test results, defects and making sure all requirements are mapped with test cases in ALM

Preparation of KT documents and transfer the business knowledge to offshore team.

Participating in Walkthroughs at client Side.

Actively participating in Analysis for Failure cases (Failed through automation) to find out the root cause of failures.

Project Profile (Syntel India)

Client : Fedex Project Title : Revenue Online

Role : Sr. Test Analyst Period : Sep 2007 – Nov 2008

Revenue Online Transactions Business Function processes and tests the functionality of Real Invoicing (RI) and Non-Transportation. The types of shipments included are: Non-Transportation, Automation (Transportation/Express), Non-Automation (Air bills), Verify Credit, No Revenue Billing and Rebill through the earned revenue stage. From there, they are processed throughout the Domestic Invoicing applications. All functionality will be tested in 3 cycles of Level 2 and 5 cycles of Level 3 and Level 4. Verify Credit is also processed through online transactions to verify credit for new or existing customer accounts.

I was Test Analyst and responsible for:

Preparation of Business Documents & PPT for knowledge transition.

Creating Test Cases and Test Procedures based on business functions.

Development and Maintenance of scripts.

Updating results and defect logging in Quality Control (QC).

Training Session to new joiners on FedEx and different modules.

Onsite - Offshore communication

Project Profile (Syntel India)

Client : Fedex Project Title : Several Project

Role : Test Analyst Period : Sep 2006 – August 2007

Preparation and Peer review of Test Scenarios, Test cases.

Involvement in functional and Regression Testing using Automation tools like Quick Test Professional 9.5

Actively Participated in Walkthroughs and root cause analysis of defects

Creating Test Scenarios, Test Cases and Test Procedures based on business functions in Q.C.

Mapping the test cases with Requirements in the Requirement Tab of QC.

Development and Maintenance of Test cases, Updating results and defect logging in Quality Control (QC) and the follow-up till the defect close.






Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Technology

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