Session Based Test – Intake Session

The intake session is the first out of 6 types of session reports you can create when you use the Session Based Test approach. The goal of the intake sessions is to “negotiate the mission” with the stakeholders and/or the project manager. You want to know what the project is about, you want to know what you are dealing with based on time, money, resources. You will do some interview sessions with the stakeholders and/or the project manager. You will get a first impression of the assignment. All this information you write down in one or more session reports. It is the base of your mission which you will use later in the project.

Below a request of a project manager with the question to get some information from me to start a project

Hi,

For the SAP upgrades project I’m looking for a contact that can provide me with some estimates on test impact.

The project consists of two parts:

  1. Refreshing hardware; moving to Linux, Oracle upgrade and switching on compression.
  2. Software upgrade; Upgrading to the latest SAP versions.

In scope are:

  • SAP R/3 (1 & 2)
  • SAP CRM (1)
  • SAP IS/T (1 & 2)
  • SAP IS/R (1 & 2)
  • SAP BW (1)
  • SAP PI (1)
  • SAP SM (1 & 2)

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

We had a meeting about his request where I wrote down the following

Phase 1

  • Move AIX to Linux
  • Oracle 10 to 11
  • compress Oracle 11 DB
  • IP change op VLAN
  • All SAP; BW, CRM, IST, ISR, PI, Sol Man, R3
  • Connectivity

Phase 2

  • Version upgrade SAP; BW, IST, ISR, R3, Sol Man to latest version
  • functional changes (SW to support working with upgraded SAP systems)
  • functional test.
  • SAP GUI upgrade before version upgrade

Phase 1 is based on cost reduction.
Phase 2 is based on continuity

Test info from SAP near shoring is not that usefull. It can be used as reference
Get business involved in test approach and content.

Phase 1, test impact is low
Phase 2, test impact is high.

System available in Dec. 2013. Dev, Acc, SandBox and Prod
@Peter: impact of freeze on Dev, Acc and SandBox. Period from 16 Dec. to 6 Jan.
Phase 1 to be finished in March 2014

Only R3 aligned with main program releases. Let’s not focus on main release 14.2

Deadline Phase 2 is somewhere in 2014

Make test impact

  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2

For me this is clear what needs to be done for the coming period. Note that some words and abbreviations are customer specific.

The Intake Session report look like this

CHARTER
———————————————–
Session Intake : Project SAP Upgrade, discussion with project manager

START
———————————————–
13/02/11 2:00pm

TESTER
———————————————–
Peter Schrijver

DATA FILES
———————————————–
et-psc-131102-a.ses.zip (Powerpoint slides)

TEST NOTES
———————————————–
Intake request as described in email

The project consists of two parts:
– Refreshing hardware; moving to Linux, Oracle upgrade and switching on compression.
– Software upgrade; Upgrading to the latest SAP versions.

In scope are:
– SAP R/3 (1 & 2)
– SAP CRM (1)
– SAP IS/T (1 & 2)
– SAP IS/R (1 & 2)
– SAP BW (1)
– SAP PI (1)
– SAP SM (1 & 2)

Notes taken during meeting

Phase 1

– Move AIX to Linux
– Oracle 10 to 11
– compress Oracle 11 DB
– IP change op VLAN
– All SAP; BW, CRM, IST, ISR, PI, Sol Man, R3
– Connectivity

Phase 2
– Version upgrade SAP; BW, IST, ISR, R3, Sol Man to latest version
– functional changes (SW to support working with upgraded SAP systems)
– functional test.
– SAP GUI upgrade before version upgrade

Phase 1 is based on cost reduction.
Phase 2 is based on continuity

Test info from SAP near shoring is not that usefull. It can be used as reference
Get business involved in test approach and content.

Phase 1, test impact is low
Phase 2, test impact is high.

System available in Dec. 2013. Dev, Acc, SandBox and Prod
@Peter: impact of freeze on Dev, Acc and SandBox. Period from 16 Dec. to 6 Jan.
Phase 1 to be finished in March 2014

Only R3 aligned with main program releases. Let’s not focus on main release 14.2

Deadline Phase 2 is somewhere in 2014

Make test impact
– Phase 1
– Phase 2

With this information I can start my survey.

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