https://dvladigital.blog.gov.uk/2014/03/28/bring-on-beta/

Bring on beta

It’s been a few months since my last blog and the time has quite literally flown by! Testing on the View Driving Record project has gone from busy to hectic over the past few months….and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

We’re now nearing our public beta launch of with one clear objective in mind: ‘To build a fully working prototype which is tested publicly with users’. In preparation for this we’ve undertaken extensive usability research, held numerous sessions with members of the public from all age ranges and internet experience and built on and improved our service from their feedback. Our aim is to deliver a quality service and, with the launch edging closer, we on the testing team have upped our game in a very big way. Nothing has been left untested and, whilst a few defects have been found, their severity has been low and to us that’s a good thing. The rest of the team seems insistent on making our jobs difficult and by difficult I mean making us really work to find any bugs! (Cheers guys).

We’ve done every kind of testing you can think of, we’ve racked our brains for the ‘what-if’s’, ‘how about…’ and the ‘it’ll never happen’ scenarios and tested them all... twice. Every single full stop has been examined, capitalisation has been scrutinised and colons and semi colons have been checked and double-checked. We’ve covered exploratory testing, regression testing and cross browser testing across 5 different testing environments both manually and through automation. We’ve performed security testing, stress testing, penetration testing as well as having a LOT of fun with Google analytics! And all this on top of the work we’ve been doing for our fortnightly sprints.

So, after the beta goes live to the public, I urge you to go online and have a quick look at your driving record. Find out what the categories at the bottom of your licence let you drive, and please let us know what you think.

2 comments

  1. Alan

    When does it actually go live?

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