As KPMG invests in its Software Testing practice, what are Partner and practice lead Daryl Elfield’s plans?
KPMG understands the necessity for robust Software Testing. It's crucial in order to meet today’s client needs and to anticipate tomorrow’s client challenges. For businesses, maintaining a strong reputation while keeping up with the latest technological innovations requires a comprehensive but agile testing capability.
As a firm, KPMG UK has placed increasing importance on their own Software Testing practice, demonstrated by the recent appointment of Daryl Elfield to Partner and practice lead. Following his promotion and the firm’s expanding support, we discussed Daryl’s plans for KPMG’s Testing practice in this changing space.
How is KPMG’s Software Testing team innovating?
KPMG and our Testing practice are continuously exploring and developing innovative ways to effectively test and validate our clients’ technology. A great example is the recent work we’ve done on a client’s KYC system. Rather than follow the usual manual approach to testing, we’ve implemented “automate first”, allowing us to create our test scripts in parallel with development. Not only has this massively increased test coverage and reduced execution time, it has also enabled every tester on the programme to be involved in the automation effort – a great learning experience!
What makes KPMG’s Testing Practice different?
I set up the Practice 5 years ago with a very specific mission – to deliver innovative testing solutions that accelerate business change. We constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways to help our clients deliver change through good testing, not despite it. That mission has influenced everything we do – from the people we hire, to the services we develop – even the clients we choose to work with.
The fact we’ve grown so quickly is testament to the success of this mission. And last year, when our team was awarded Testing Management Team of the Year at the European Software Testing Awards, it was independent recognition of the value we offer and the effectiveness of our overall testing approach.
What does the next 12 months look like for you and your team?
First and foremost, the team and I will be looking to expand the number of services we can offer to our clients, particularly in the realms of Agile Testing, AI and Regulatory Assurance.
We’re also looking to establish a regular forum for Heads of Testing across the industry to learn from each other’s experiences, collaborate in promoting Software Testing, and gain KPMG-specific insights to help overcome the challenges that keep them up at night. In addition, we’ll be coordinating more actively with other KPMG national practices, in order to increase KPMG’s global testing capabilities for our clients.
Finally, with KPMG increasing its own range of technology services and products, I anticipate the practice becoming an integral part of ensuring the quality of these offerings.
Promoting Daryl to Partner clearly demonstrates the value that KPMG is putting on Software Testing. With Daryl’s vision to expand the practice’s services, KPMG are in an ideal position to offer a wider range of testing services, which will help clients optimise the management and delivery of new technology.
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