Steve Green

Steve Green

Managing Director, Test Partners Ltd

London/United Kingdom

Summary

Don't Panic!

I'm not going to try to sell you anything. Really. Unless you absolutely insist.

Since 2003 I have built many relationships with advocates and resellers on Ecademy, and this remains my main interest. Some of these relationships are mutual, while others are one-way in one direction or the other.

I have also found many suppliers, contractors and staff here, and provide whatever support I can through various Ecademy groups.

If you would like to investigate how we can help each other, please get in touch.

What We Do

My company specialises in software quality, and our clients are organisations that want to ensure that their software (usually their website) works first time and every time. It's not enough that it can work - they want to know that it will work. You will have heard of websites failing and you may well have experienced failures yourself. Sometimes the functionality is broken, sometimes the sites don't work with certain browsers and many websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities. All these failures cost money and in many cases they are totally avoidable. Real-life example 1 An e-commerce website had reduced the price of 30 products from £9.99 to £4.99 and was offering any one of them free. We found it was trivially easy to obtain all 30 of them free, although we only took two in order to prove the method worked, and informed the company we had done so. Real-life example 2 A small e-commerce site had been turning over £10k a month for a couple of years, but this fell to £2.5k following a redesign, and the analytics showed a massive increase in abandonment at the checkout stage. After a couple of months (i.e. a loss of £15k) the designers could not find the fault, and they asked us to investigate. It took us a day and a half to find the fault, for which we charged just £750.

Test Partners - When your software really needs to work

Who We Do It For

We have conducted more than 700 projects for more than 200 clients ranging from home-based micro-businesses to multinational corporates, SMEs, public sector organisations and non-profit organisations. The panel below shows a few - hover over the links below the panel to see the different categories.
 
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Test Partners - Breaking software since 2001

About Me

The employee I was recently described as a 'lone Jedi', and for most of my working life that has been a fair description. I've set out to be the best at whatever I do, and done whatever I thought was the right thing to do, regardless of what my employers thought. I was anti-authoritarian, contrarian, adversarial and most definitely not a team player (I am yet to be convinced that tolerating the mediocrity of others is a laudable objective). I look at every product, every process, every service and ask how it can be done better, faster, more efficiently. Routines exist to be broken and orthodoxy exists to be challenged; viewpoints that unsurprisingly got me into plenty of trouble throughout my education and employment. The employer As a business owner things have to be a bit different, but the strong sense of ethics and determination to excel and innovate still underpin everything the company does. The challenge now is to find people who are not only already talented, but have the intellectual capacity and drive to get to where we need to be in a decade's time. When I'm not working Outside of work I spend most of my time at rock and goth clubs or watching live bands. I used to play in pub-rock bands for many years and would jump at the chance to do so again. Anyone looking for a bass player in West London? I love the Far East and holiday there whenever I can. Business and pleasure have taken me to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea, most of them several times. In an ideal world that's where our Test Centre would be, and who knows, maybe one day...

Test Partners - Working 24/7 so you don't need to

Company Profile

Test Partners is a UK-based software testing company specialising in the testing of e-commerce, e-banking, e-marketing, e-learning and e-business applications. Services include functionality, compatibility, usability, accessibility, load and stress, email and multimedia testing.

We specialise in manual exploratory testing and Rapid Testing, a powerful technique that finds the biggest bugs in the shortest time and provides the highest value for money of any testing methodology. It also has a proven history of finding critical faults that could not be found through scripted and automated testing.

Our customers range from small web developers to blue-chip companies including high street banks, with projects lasting from half a day to several months.

Our website contains details of a wide range of other services, all of which will protect and enhance your revenue and reputation by ensuring the best possible user-experience.

Test Partners - The UK's leading website accessibility specialists

FREE STUFF!

Does your website look good and work correctly with browsers other than Internet Explorer? Like Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, AOL, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome etc? You don't know? Now you can find out. And it won't cost you anything!

All the facilities in our Test Centre are available free to all Ecademists who want to come here and use them. You'll have access to tons of hardware, every Windows and Mac operating system and browser you could ever want and loads more. Thousands of pounds worth of kit - totally free!

We're open 24/7/365, the parking is free (for bikes and motorbikes), it's free to get in, the tea and coffee are free and there are even free Jaffa Cakes (as long as you bring them).

And there's more!

  • Don't have the time or skills to do the testing yourself? Drop me a line and I'll see what we can do. I'm always happy to run a few tests or send some screenshots if that's all you need.
     
  • Need advice on website accessibility? Just ask at the Accessibility and Usability Club or contact me privately.
     
  • Looking for an impartial assessment of your website? Why not visit the Website Critique Club where I'm a regular contributor.

Test Partners - Serving a global customer base since 2001

Reseller Opportunity

We are particularly interested in identifying individuals or companies to resell our services either under our name to take advantage of our reputation or as 'white-label' services sold under your own brand. Our services are relevant to any company that develops or purchases software (especially new media), so the potential is almost unlimited.

Commission rates are generous and we have some very good reference customers. As this is a specialised business we will provide all the technical support needed, attend meetings and prepare documentation and quotations.

If you have an existing customer base (no matter how small), or are willing to invest your time in seeking new sales opportunities please contact stevegreen@testpartners.co.uk

 

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Email: steve.green@testpartners.co.uk
Phone: +44 800 612 2780
Skype: testpartners
Website URL: http://www.testpartners.co.uk
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Testimonials

Roy Law

"Steve solves problems fast and cheerfully; this time the solution was for a Mac. A true Ecademist."

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"I find Steve to be a very solid guy on core moral issues, which is all I really look for in another person. And he is very brilliant when it comes to IT and internet matters."

Harry Schanen

"Steve is a great guy with huge amount of knowledge and very responsive as well! Best, Harry "

Danish Thanvi

"I'm very happy to be connected with Steve on Ecademy and look forward to being of mutual benefit to one another."

Daniel-Flavius Lucica

"Steve is a great networker. He is helpful and knowledgeable. It's a great pleasure to connect to Steve. Thank you for being an active member in the IT Support Club. All the best, Daniel "

Karen Skidmore

"Thanks Steve for your great help and insight in to my PDF query. You not only answered my question, but took the time to test my document on your own Mac. Much appreciated. Karen Skidmore"

Andrew Wilcox

"My thanks to Steve for persisting with me until magically my code work for downloading files from my web site worked again. Sometimes it just takes someone else to spare you some time and prompting you with appropriate questions or suggestions to get to the bottom of the problem. Steve did just that."

Jon Stow

"Steve has been very helpful to me over a website problem, and took the trouble to spend some of his precious time diagnosing the problem as to why I and some others could not access a particular site. Connect with him and I am sure you will not be disappointed. Great guy! Thanks, Steve."

Daniel Roberts

"Steve gave me some very helpful advice when I put in a question on PPC. He thought about the answer and it must have taken some time Here is the URL http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&t=755848 Daniel "

Kantor Michael Poths

"Steve is not only a professional networker, he is honest and helpful! kind regards Michael"

Steven Mifsud

"I have nothing but a good word to say about Steve. The chap always provides unconditional invaluable advice for which I am grateful for. Sometimes I think there are 72 hours in his days and only 24 hours in mine, for an example today one of my clients required some small advice regarding website accessibility so I copied Steve into my response (generally pointing directions to go) Steve took the liberty of emailing my client with a helpful description. Thank you for all your help and if there is anything I can do please just ask."

Jennifer Clowes

"Very generous and helpful guy who has helped my non-technical brain find the solution to many annoying little problems and hence has improved the usability of my website. Thanks Steve...."

Neil "video podcast" Fairbrother

"Steve is in the top 10 contributors to the Apple User Group - thanks Steve for your help and support in making the Apple User Group on of the most active on Ecad."

Mike Jones

"Steve responded quickly, thoroughly and frankly to my query. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. "

Clare Evans

"Steve - jumped in with a host of tips to help recover from a hard drive failure. Unfortunately providing me with the benefit of his wisdom after the event but certainly something to be considered to prevent future disaster, pain and time in recovering from system failure. He's always more than happy to share his expertise and frequently contributes to many Clubs and blogs."

Nathalie Vu-Van-Toan

"Steve knows his stuff when it comes to web accessibility. He's very helpful and gives a lot to the accessible web designers community."

Shamus Doherty

"Being the non techie person I am had to get to grips with google etc and as luck would have it Steve invited me along to his office for a chat where I could see what others had tried but failed to convey to me, but Steve took the time out of his schedule to assist. I now know what he does and hope that at some stage in the future I can refer him as a thank you."

Paul Simister

"Thanks for the website critique. It took me about 5 minutes after reading your message to correct some of the mistakes (or should I say basic blunders) as what you said made perfect logical sense. Unfortunately, the closer we are, the harder it is to see so it was great to have an independent review."

Sally Church

"Steve is kind of the Windoze black sheep in the Mac club, but makes all the more interesting and exciting for his down to earth advice and suggestions. We have common interests in the pharma industry and I hope to not only meet him one day, but also do business together. He's a great guy!"

Mark Gilby

"Test Partners offer a great service across a whole range of platforms, OS and browsers. Excellent to see them at work & to work with them. Steve's a great guy. "

Mike Fleming

"Steve has been most helpful is providing me with excellent advice on an innovation project. My expectations have been set, pitfalls identified and ambitions set to ensure my project does not crash and burn at the first hurdle. "

Cliff Jenkins

"Steve A bit belated, but very grateful for the way you offered and then helped us with the test. Many, many thanks, "

Michael Miller

"A knight in shining armour, had major problems with my computer and Steve went out of the way to help. I would strongly recommend connecting with Steve! "

Chris McHugo

"Steve was responsive and helpful. He is a knowlegeable man and looks out for others."

Maurice Poole

"Steve welcomed me to Ecademy and has been painstaking in answering questions in a most helpful way, making my use of the site much more efficient and effective. Highly recommended contact."

wayne starkey

"Steve is a Fantastic Person. I find he always has time for me, and the knowledge of this guy is phenominal!! He seriously is a confidence boosting individual. Thanks Steve Wayne "

BM Muthu

"I rated you good because of the contact and added value! "

John Amy - Graphic Design

"All I can say is that Steve is a real asset to Ecademy."

Catherine Wentworth

"Steve has an amazing analytical brain that comes into play when cruising through a web site. He gladly shares his experience with Ecademy members, and takes the time to go into the snafus in great detail. On one site critique I backed off from commenting because of the terrible design, but Steve did not shy away and explained it in an upfront and highly constructive manner. I am envious of those who have the chance to pop by his office and meet him in person, and will recommend his services to clients in need. Cat "

Andy Derkacz

"Knows his stuff about Testing, Usability and Standards and has helped me a lot Cheers Steve! Andy"

Laurence Postgate

"Steve, was immediate and genuine with his offer to help and I shall be visiting his offices as soon as I can. I will recommend him professionally"

Linda Ryder

"Rammstein, loud music and fast bikes - great combination. What sort of bike you got? How you finding the ecademy experience? Linda"

Tim Strafford-Taylor

"Steve Greetings from another bass playing Toffee :) Didn't think I'd find another one in here! Would be good to see you at the bar - the ecademy music club (while you're there, have a look also at ecademy radio, and perhaps make your own contribution...) For more information, follow this link >>>> Hope to see you there Regards Tim [Club Moderator] "

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