Curriculum Vitae - Vincent Dirks

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Name Vincent Izaak Dirks
Address Kelvin Rd
Auckland 1050
Mob 021-0269-6216
CV open as pdf

Intro - I'm an Agile Software Test Analyst

I love adjusting the test process to match it to the context at hand.
I like exploratory testing, and I also have fun coding automated checks.
I gravitate towards Context Driven Testing (CDT), and tend to agree with the thoughts and expressions from the leaders of the CDT community, such as James Bach and Michael Bolton.
I'm also really enjoying getting to know about Agile and Scrum. I've learnt many of its nuts and bolts, but also love the philosophy that underpins it all. For me, Agile is "Autonomy with Responsibility through Trust".
I think the true essence of software development is still about people. It is driven by, made by, and made for people; and people have emotions, passions, motivators, and more
=> We're all different, and we all have something unique to give.
I love to work with people that have a passion for what they do, and have fun doing it! For me, testing is my professional passion, and I love working with people who respect and challenge me to be the best.

Summary Skills Matrix

If you're short on time I'm compiling a quick look summary of the skills I've picked up over my career.
Testing Context driven testing, Risk based testing, Tool assisted exploratory testing, Test planning, Rapid test execution, Visual modelling, Test plan reviews, Session and thread based testing, Test charters, Test session video capture, Gherkin, Behaviour Driven Development, API's, Large public facing web site testing (Trade Me), Metric driven development, AB Testing(statistical analysis), Mobile Testing, Mentoring & induction, UAT
(used and refined through 4 years of professional testing at Trade Me and LeasePlan)
Automation Trade Me (2yr): SoapUI (as part of Ready!API), Groovy scripting, Tractor (a UI for Protractor), SQL, XPATH & CSS locators

LeasePlan (2yr): VBA & MS Access to develop automation framework for character based legacy AS400 applications, SQL
privately (3mth): Selenium WebDriver, Java, JUnit, Protractor, Javascript, node.js, Jasmine

Programming OOP, Java (Selenium, GWT, Robotics, JUnit), Javascript (node.js, Protractor), SQL, C# (code reviews only), VBA (MS Access, Excel), C (embedded), Powershell, MATLAB, C++, HTML, Bootstrap, CSS, XML, JSON, Groovy, Regex, LabView, Lejos
Documentation Jira (Test plans, reviews, task management, bug tracking), TestRail, Wiki (Confluence, MediaWiki), MS Word, MS Excel, Specifications (writing)
Miscellaneous Agile squad master, CI/CD Continuous Integration/Deployment, Deploy Lead (Trade Me Production Deploys), Product Demonstration, Training(Staff & Distributors), Version control(Mercurial), SQL Server Management Studio (stored procedure profiling), Memcached, Quickbooks, Manufacturing and Production Scheduling (FMCG), Manufacturing and Logistics (electronics business), External Relationships(suppliers, clients, third party contractors), Radars, Lasers, Fibre-optics, Physics, Robotics, Sales Forecasting
Please do peruse below here for more details, or give me a call (021-0269-6216) to discuss any specifics.

Work Experience

Intermediate Test Engineer - Fiserv (Jan 2017 - Current)

QA member of agile teams delivering changes to a range of mobile banking solutions. The banking domain is very strict and focused on security and testing is particularly important. The products revolve about providing mobile apps for banks, but the system also encompasses multi-tier web and API servers, admin portals for end users, bank administrators and Fiserv support staff. The system interfaces with multiple types of core online banking systems, as well as a range of third party systems supporting additional features. The business model provides solutions to a large number financial institutions with varying levels of customisation of the applications, features, and branding. All up it's a pretty complicated product and the testing is difficult and challenging. In my tenure so far with Fiserv I have had the opportunity to learn about
  • Specflow
  • C#
  • Mobile functional testing
  • Accessibility testing
  • Postman
  • Fiddler
  • Soap UI
  • CA-Lisa
  • TFS/Github
  • Version One
  • Microsoft Test Manager

Contracting - Engel Consulting (Sep 2016 - Dec 2016)

Helping Kim Engel with some smaller projects, whilst hunting for my next big career challenge. see more...

Senior Software Test Analyst – Trade Me (Dec 2014 - Aug 2016)

2016 Trade Me Motors - Jason Cullum

Reference, Annual Review

2016 Mike Berry - Delivery Mgr
Part of small squad (cross functional agile team) testing software changes to the iconic NZ Trade Me website (Motors Group) covering
  • context driven, tool assisted exploratory testing, using session and thread based techniques
  • testing DB, UI, API, and architecture changes
  • leading the deployment of changes using Trade Me's continuous integration and continuous delivery processes
  • agile methods and squad mastering
  • test automation for API (Ready!API/SoapUI) and UI changes (tractor/protractor) using BDD with Gherkin syntax.
  • test planning and peer test reviews
  • visual test tools (eg mindmaps for test planning and video capture of test sessions etc)
  • Jira for test plans, managing test sessions, and defect work flow. Confluence wiki for test practice documentation.
  • active contributor to test and agile guilds
  • new staff induction and junior staff support
see more...

Software Tester – LeasePlan NZ (Apr 2013 - Dec 2014)

Full time testing contractor to the IS department, testing a variety of bespoke applications primarily for internal use.
  • Complex quotation app for car leasing built in MS-Access
  • Online driver FBT data collection portal (UI, web security, data flows, emailing)
  • Character based legacy (AS-400) system testing
  • Developed a test automation framework for above character based system.
At LPNZ I was introduced to testing as a proper profession by my friend Christina Linwood. I attended the NZ Tester Magazine conference, and went to a full day workshop on Risk Based Testing by Matt Mansell. It was exhilarating to learn from people passionate about testing.

Prior to 2013


2016 Trade Me Motors - Jason Cullum - Reference - Annual Performance Review
2016 Trade Me Motors - Mike Berry
2009 Monitor Business Machines - Mike Ogram
2004 Bioengineering Institute (University of Auckland) - Simon Malpas
2001 Monitor Business Machines - Mike Ogram
1996 Carter Holt Harvey Tissue Group - Kerrin Thomson


  • SKC3.16 Saint Kentigern College Code Camp 2016 - Spent a weekend helping year 7-10 students learn about Agile and a bit of coding with their robots.
  • Eastern Suburbs AFC –Junior Girls Co-ordinator (2011-2014)
  • Glendowie Boating Club - Arrow Class Convenor (2011-2015)
  • MOTAT Tramways Volunteer Conductor (2012-2014)
  • Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary School - PTA (2011-2012)

Continuing Professional Development

Since starting as a tester in 2013 I have been a keen attendee at many meetups, conferences, courses and meetings. These have been instrumental in helping me learn more as well as developing a good network of fellow test professionals in Auckland, New Zealand, and global test communities.
  • WeTest 2015 annual conference
  • Rapid Software Testing by James Bach (was awarded the coveted James Bach star) (3 day course)
  • NZ Tester Magazine conference 2014 (2 day)
  • Risk Based Testing by Matt Mansell (1 day workshop)


1993 ME (Elec) University of Auckland
  • Researching Laser Physics and Fibre Optics.
  • Courses in Digital Signal Processing and Digital Image Processing.
  • Telecom NZ Scholarship in Telecommunications Engineering ($10,000).
1991 BE (Elec) Hons. University of Auckland===
  • Specialising in Telecommunications Engineering covering Radio Systems, Microwave and Optical Engineering, Signal Processing, Communication Systems, and micro-processors.
  • Final Year Project implemented a software model of the human vocal cords.
  • Direct entry to first professional year of BE (Elec)
1988 Secondary School Dux Litterarum. Rutherford High School
  • Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, Statistics, (English, Accounting, Economics, Geography)


  • WeTest Auckland - 30-Nov-2017- What should testers know about A/B Testing? (also see blog for a copy of the slides)

Blogs & Slides


What I'm reading...watching...listening

Regular Podcasts & publications
  • TestTalks by Joe Colantonio (link TBD)
  • Testing Trapeze (link TBD)
in progress or on the to do list
Nov 2016
  • Social Lean Canvas a tool to help social entrepreneurs apply the rigours of Lean Startup to ventures that have social or environmental goals
Oct 2016

New things I'm learning and trying out

Dec 2016
Nov 2016
Oct 2016
  • Selenium - setting it up on my mac with Maven. Exploring it with
  • Bootstrap - writing a static page showing 10 iFrames to show on a mobile - no joy so far
  • HTML - showing 10 iFrames side by side horizontally, one for each subject my son has at school.
Sep 2016
  • WikiMedia - using the wikipedia engine to set up this cvwiki and other wiki's