UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

Department of Software Engineering

Importance of Software Testing and Quality Assurance in Banking Sector of Pakistan

A talk titled "Importance of Software Testing and Quality Assurance in Banking Sector of Pakistan " was held on 19th December 2019 in SQT W2 class .  Mr Zuhaib Naseer and Mr Bilal Sheikh who are both software engineers in MCB Bank were the speakers. 

The speakers elaborated the importance of software testing and quality assurance in softwares of banking sector. The also explained the details of recent, online money hacking scandals in Pakistan and how poorly tested software was a major culprit in facilitating the hackers. They also partially discussed what restrictions had been imposed by FIA on banking softwares . 

Mr Zuhaib Naseer is an accomplished software engineer with 10 years of industry experience. 

Mr Bilal Sheikh , is as alumnus of BS SE from UMT . He gave general tips to students for securing jobs and improving their personality and skills. 

Ms Emmen Farooq , Assistant Professor , Department of Software Engineering arranged the talk. Some pictures of the event are attached . 

Client Stories

The most important part of Software Development (or for any project, as a matter of fact) is the requirements specified for doing the job; a set of qualitative requirements guarantee a qualitative product.

Ms. Sadia Khalid organized a guest lecture on "Client Stories", where the 4 invited IT professionals shared their own experiences of dealing with clients  who were not sure about their requirements; clients who were too rigid or too vague about what they wanted; how their knowledge and attitude affected the projects and how were things handled by the professionals

The professionals also gave future tips to the students and encouraged them to use various platforms available in Pakistan to work on and enhance their project ideas.

PTCL Data Center Visit

As a regular practice from Software Engineering Deptarment to have students visit the industry workplace to have look and feel of working environment as well as to learn how the practical things are working in industry , the students from “Computer Networks and Operating  System” sections were selected based on their standings in the mid-term examinations to visit state of the art PTCL Data Center situated at Wafaqi Calony , Dhana Singh on Canal Bank road on 26th November 2018.

The students were given detailed overview of what is a Data center , its significance and importance in corporate sector as well as its technical aspects by the Data Center staff. 

After the 30 min briefing the students visited different sections of data center and saw the latest equipment comprising of high end routers , switches , SAN storage , EMC2 server , VMware servers .

They were also shown how Data center is managed 24/7 365 days a year , power equipment comprising of high end APC UPS along with high tech air conditioning units ensuring optimum cooling for the data center throughout the year.

The students were very curious and asked various questions from the data center staff and were pleased to find the prompt answers.

As a 12 year ICT industry veteran , I personally strongly feel that students should be give more and more exposure to Industry by such kind of trips so that their vision ad understanding improves along with their theoretical knowledge in classes. Only theory without practical know how is not of much importance.

Destination Determines the Journey

Every pro was once an amateur and it is their struggle that defines where they end up at.

Ms. Sadia Khalid organized a motivational talk for senior students, entitled “Destination Determines the Journey”. The three invited guests were:

  • Mr. Ahmad Mughal: CEO InstaXpress
  • Mr. Yasir Aleem: CEO Brickclay
  • Mr. Fahad Mehdi: CEO Softec Ventures

They talked about their journey from a student to a professional to the owner of an organization. They motivated the students to learn from their mistakes and never give up on their goals, once they are determined.

Guest Lecture on Agile Methodology

Agile Methodology is a current trend in the software development industry. It not only provides benefits to the developing organization, but is also very beneficial for the clients.
Acknowledging its importance, a lecture on Agile Methodology was organized by Ms. Sadia Khalid on 18th December, 2017. Mr. Ahtsham Ali, being a much experienced person in the field, delivered the lecture. He explained how Agile was different and better than the traditional development models. He also explored various models following the methodology and linked them to the Final Year Project Process being followed in the department.

In the end, he motivated the students to plan and execute their Final Year Projects using the available management tools as it will add more to their learning process.

PTCL Data Center Visit

The students of BS SE/CS of Computer Networks  visited PTCL Data Center on 21st  November with Mr. Muhammad Ahsan from Software Engineering Department .

The students were given detailed overview of what is Data center , its significance and importance in corporate sector as well as its technical aspects by Manager Data Center. 

Students also visited different sections of data center and saw the latest equipment comprising of high end routers , switches , SAN storage , EMC2 server , VMware servers .

They were also shown how Data center is managed 24/7 365 days a year , power equipment comprising of high end APC UPS along with high tech air conditioning units ensuring optimum cooling for the data center

throughout the year .

Visit PTCL Data Center proved to be very beneficial to the students and students got an opportunity to see the state of the art installation of PTCL , the TIER 3 certified and Tier 4 compliant Data Center.

PTCL Data Center Visit

Guest Lecture on Project Management

Project Management is an important job which requires special training. Project managers in all fields aim to deliver high quality products with minimum loss of time, budget and resources.

Ms. Sadia Khalid organized a guest lecture for her students of Software Project Management about the 10 knowledge areas of Project Management, on 25th November, 2017. The invited speaker was Rana Azfar Ahmad, Director eUMT; a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Quality Matters Master Reviewer.

The lecture revolved around the key areas under project management and the importance of learning project management. He also shared tips with the students about clearing the PMP exam.

The lecture ended on an entertaining yet informative project management activity about constructing the strongest and tallest tower with the provided marshmallows and spaghetti in a given time frame.

Guest lecture by Sr. Manager HR ptcl on Career Planning

The guest lecture by SM HR ptcl Ahmed Tahir on career planning and cv building was indeed very good. The students participated with enthusiasm and listened to the speaker carefully. STD 306 was almost full with 110 plus students.

In the end students were guided on the importance of blood donation and the procedures involved. UMT students open heartedly agreed to participate in the noble cause.

 

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