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System testing tribute video appears on You Tube

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 7, 2008


An internal spoof video made by Tasmania’s besieged Motor Registry office has been made public on internet website YouTube, severely embarrassing the state Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. Last week, Infrastructure Minister Graeme Sturges admitted the five-week-old car registration and licence renewal computer system was badly malfunctioning.

More than 3000 duplicate driver’s licences have been mailed out in error across Tasmania and Service Tasmania staff are experiencing difficulties and delays renewing car registrations. Police have also wrongly fined motorists for supposedly driving unregistered vehicles or when unlicensed, when their renewals have simply not been processed correctly.

The YouTube video features a motor registry team member wearing pyjamas and singing. It details how the launch of the new computer system was delayed from June 10 to August 25 because of multiple defects in the software platform.

Infrastructure department chief Norm McIlfatrick denied the central character was wearing his pyjamas because the project had been a nightmare, instead suggesting that it must have been “pyjama day” when the video clip was filmed.

He said the video was never intended to imply that the Motor Registry computer system was defective or had been too hastily introduced.

The clip was posted on YouTube as a “tribute song” to the lengthy and troubled computer system testing process endured by the team.

“Here is my tribute to the testing process we endured – We Will Go Live.”

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