David Rutt

A Software Test Analyst with varied and extensive experience spanning twenty years in many technology disciplines. A highly motivated engineer with exceptional analysis and leadership skills. A systems thinker and self starter with a proven track record for leading a team to deliver requirements analysis through to successful product release.

Key Skills

  • Experienced in Agile Scrum methodologies
  • Test automation (HP ALM, JMeter and Selenium)
  • Manual, integration, system,  and exploratory testing
  • Software development: Java, VBScript and SQL
  • Strong technical and operational skills with a wide range of equipment
  • Excellent IT skills – experienced with Unix, Linux, Solaris and Windows
  • Qualified software tester – ISEB Foundation/Intermediate
  • Test plan & test case creation
  • Excellent communication at all levels, both written and verbal.
  • Highly versatile, able to apply experience to a wide spectrum of situation

Employment History

Test Analyst: Dec 2015 – Present. University of Nottingham

  • Testing of a variety of internal University software systems
  • Assistance with creation of test strategy
  • Creation of automation scripts
  • Encouraging implementation of agile methodologies
  • Customer support during UAT
  • Analysis of complex requirements and compilation of test scenarios
  • SQL queries and manipulation of data using SQL Server Management Studio

Test Analyst: Oct 2010 – Nov 2015. Atos, Beeston

Key Success

Test lead for a major release of client Oracle Discoverer self-service reports application. Provided guidance to junior test team members, supervised data creation for complex finance-based test scenarios and supported the client during UAT, providing webinars on new functionality and technical support throughout the release. Personally received an accolade for outstanding client support. On time delivery of application with 100% stakeholder satisfaction.

  • Creation of HP QTP/UTF automation scripts for regression testing
  • Agile (scrum) experience. Part of test team on two Agile projects
  • Lead tester for client self-service reporting application
  • Customer support during UAT
  • Analysis of complex requirements and compilation of test scenarios
  • Testing of financial web-based applications plus Oracle Discoverer reports
  • SQL queries and manipulation of data using SQL Developer
  • Testing & manipulation of large CSVs using Unix
  • Mentoring of less experienced testers

System Proving Engineer: Apr 2000 – Present. Marconi/Ericsson

Key Success

Led a server hardening test program of HP-UX server upgrades for BT. The project involved improving server security by removing unnecessary and insecure processes. Designed a test program, assembled in-depth results and created project documentation. Tested solution using real-world BT databases involving hundreds of NIS+ users and demonstrated to the customer. Provided support during network rollout and leadership to a small team towards a successful conclusion.


  • Project Champion for large BT network upgrade test projects
  • Lead engineer for Linux system testing using SUSE Enterprise Server
  • Writing of test cases and compilation of results
  • Testing of Ericsson and Marconi network management systems
  • Testing of client-side web-based applications
  • Configuration and testing of HP-UX, Linux and Windows servers
  • Database querying using SQL
  • Compilation of data using XML
  • Experience with using IBM RFT for test automation
  • Carry out in-depth “whole system” testing of SDH networks
  • NIS+ and trusted, Service Guard and operating system hardening
  • Migration of legacy systems onto Linux using virtualisation
  • Provide support to customers during test phases and network rollouts

Data Communications Engineer: Nov 96 – Apr 00. Tactical Communications Wing, RAF Brize Norton.

Key Success

As a Corporal in charge of a team of technicians installed all detachment communications for the operation at Pristina Airport in Kosovo. Successfully provided voice and data services over satellite communications for several hundred service personnel in adverse conditions.


  • Provided communications throughout the world for use by RAF personnel using the most modern data/voice communications equipment available in the armed forces
  • Installed and maintained Communications Centres, involving telephone, fax and telegraphy systems, data circuits and rear-link satellite ground stations
  • Worked extensively with modems, multiplexers, cryptographic equipment and data systems
  • Worked successfully with many foreign military personnel and civilians
  • Supervised Junior Technicians and carried out “on-the-job” training

Telecommunications Engineer: Dec 89 – Nov 96

Information Technology Maintenance Section/Ground Radio, RAF Coningsby

  • Maintained station Automatic Data Processing systems, including Honeywell Bull DPS 6 CPUs, modems, multiplexers and cryptographic equipment
  • Installation and maintenance of station PCs, including upgrades and user assistance
  • Installation of copper and fibre-optic cables during a seven month detachment to Royal Air Force High Wycombe
  • Maintained airfield radar equipment, navigational-aids and HF/VHF/UHF radios


  • BSc (Hons) Computing & Systems Practice (Open University, 2014)
  • Certificate in Information Technology & Computing (Open University, 2010)
  • T175 Networked living: exploring information and communication technologies (Open University 2010)
  • M150 Data, computing and information (Open University 2009)
  • ISEB/ISTQB Software Testing: Foundation & Intermediate (2009)
  • Unix Fundamentals (2002)
  • Photonics Fundamentals (2001)
  • MSH64 Maintainers course (2001)
  • National Examining Board in Supervisory Management: Introductory Certificate (1998)
  • Level 3 NVQ Engineering Management (1997)
  • BTEC ONC Electronic Engineering (1989)
  • GCE A Levels: Physics, Mathematics (Pure and Applied), Economics, General Studies (1987)
  • GCE O Levels: Physics, Mathematics, English Language, French, Art (1985)


Cornet player with Carlton Brass in Nottingham
Reading, music and photography


Full Driving Licence

Married with one child


  1. Hi Dave,

    I am a SAP Basis Consultant working for Galiform. We are in the process of implementing Server Hardening across Windows and Unix server. While googling for related Content, I hit your page. Can you please help with us some documentation with regard to Unix and Windows Hardening Server procedures please. Many thanks.

  2. Hi Ram,

    There is /a/ David Rutt that’s a SAP guy but it isn’t me. Sorry.

    I’m sure that Google will help you find him

  3. Hi Dave, I’m a fellow student with OU studying T214. I came across your site from there in fact. Quite interesting even though I am not much into IT. One question, what spurned you into setting up your own web site??
    Looking forward to more exchanges on OU and possibly here.

  4. Hi Jerome, thanks for visiting!

    I started my own website (probably back in 2001 or ’02) because I started reading .Net magazine and was a member of their forums. From there I joined another forum and between the two places there were quite a few web designers.

    I had some time on my hands and made a website (using phpNuke) called “Rutty’s Art Hole” – place where people could share art. It was a bit crap and I deleted it eventually but I then started looking at a blog.

    I’ve eventually given up trying to design anything (I use WordPress with a free theme here) but I know a bit of HTML and happy to fiddle under the bonnet if I want to change anything in the theme.

    Hope you’re finding T214 enjoyable. It’s very interesting, if tricky to come up with the “right” answers

  5. Hi Dave,

    Thinking about studying M255, I read that it was an enjoyable course but the exam was nails! Can’t believe you have to write code in longhand on paper, and I thought the OU was a relatively forward thinking Uni!! Seems like they need to catch up to 2011.

    Anyhoo, the course I was looking at starts in Oct, wondered if you still have the CDROM from your mailing and if it would be too cheeky to ask you to copy it and either email the .zip, pop it in skydrive or slap it on a CD and post it for me, thought I would get ahead as the initial couple of weeks are generally analysing your learning strategy, etc and i’d like to get cracking.

    Just as an aside, I too am Cpl in RAF and wondered if you did the testing courses as part of the resettlement process and was it a good decision.



  6. Hi Ash 🙂

    I left back in 2000 so I think the resettlement courses are quite different now. I did a course in GSM technology thinking I could get a job in mobile comms (which didn’t happen). A testing course would have been great if it’d been around then.

    M255 has some very tough parts if you’re not a programmer or done any programming. I did very well in the assignments generally (93% average) but found the exam incredibly hard (very pleased with my 61% result). Having said that, I thought that the course itself was very good and that I’d have found the exam a LOT easier if I’d been able to spend more time revising.

    There’s not much on the CD other than BlueJ (the IDE used for the course) and all the activities/methods/classes for the coursework. I’m not willing to pass them on, sorry, as the OU frowns on this and I think it’s important to consider copyright. It’s fairly easy at the start, though, so you should be OK.

    Good luck 🙂

  7. Dave,

    Cheers for replying. I looked into how the OU see distribution of completed course materials and regretted asking you. Hopefully no offence caused.

    Think i’ll sign up for M255 in Oct still, don’t have too much experience programming but have a good book to work through so should get me started.

    I expect the RAF is a completely different place now, I’ve been in 10 yrs and it’s unrecognisable now from when I joined.

    Cheers again Dave, happy trails.


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