Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS) is a federally owned company under private law, with more than 6,000 employees. DFS ensures the safety and punctuality of flights. More than 10,000 flight movements per day and approximately 3 million per year in German airspace make Germany the busiest country in Europe.

DFS operates control centers in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe, and Munich. It also is present in the Eurocontrol Headquarters in Maastricht and in control towers of 16 international airports. DFS also offers world-wide consulting and training and air traffic control systems, as well as flight-related data, aeronautical publications, and pre-flight briefings. It comprises the following business areas: Center, Tower, Aeronautical Solutions, and Aeronautical Information Management.

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Test Management at DFS with in-STEP BLUE

At DFS, in-STEP BLUE is used for test process management and test automation. Based on TMap, a test process for multi-project management of all ATS systems with a common resource pool was modeled. Test planning, test control, and reporting including the generation of acceptance test plan documents for each release was the primary focus of test process management. Test automation was based on a modified and expanded in-STEP BLUE Core Process and supports project planning and project control for the implementation of test automation, reporting, and configuration management, as well as tracing of action items with self-configured in-STEP BLUE forms. For product management, an expanded CoreProcess is used to support a newly developed method for pressure and performance tests.

“in-STEP BLUE is an integral part of all test management processes for eight ATS (Air Traffic Services) as well as of planning procedures for software acceptance processes at Deutsche Flugsicherung. It is a vital part of daily test and resource planning.

Its multiple configuration options are particularly helpful. They make it possible to adjust the testing process and implement user requirements in no time.”

“Since its implementation at Deutsche Flugsicherung in-STEP BLUE is running smoothly and reliably. In case of any problem the microTOOL support team is always very helpful.”