About James Bach

James BachI started in this business as a programmer. I like programming. But I find the problems of software quality analysis and improvement more interesting than those of software production. For me, there's something very compelling about the question "How do I know my work is good?" Indeed, how do I know anything is good? What does good mean? That's why I got into SQA, in 1987.

Today, I work with project teams and individual engineers to help them plan SQA, change control, and testing processes that allow them to understand and control the risks of product failure. I also assist in product risk analysis, test design, and in the design and implementation of computer-supported testing. Most of my experience is with market-driven Silicon Valley software companies like Apple Computer and Borland, so the techniques I've gathered and developed are designed for use under conditions of compressed schedules, high rates of change, component-based technology and poor specification.

Employment History

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Upcoming Events




October 04-05
Cork, Ireland
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing Applied

October 09
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Meeting with Altom Associates

October 10
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Invited Speaker at Tabara de Testare: "Risk Analysis for Testers"

October 12-14
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by Altom Consulting

October 14
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Reception with RST Students

October 17-18
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Public Class: Session-Based Test Management, organized by Altom Consulting

October 18
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Reception with SBTM students

October 21
Manchester, England
TestBash, Manchester, Invited Speaker
"Don't Think So Close To Me: Managing Critical and Social Distance in Testing"

October 22
Manchester, England
Open Space at TestBash Manchester

October 24-26
Manchester, England
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by Software Testing Club

October 31- November 02
Enfield, Greater London, England
Corporate Class: Rapid Software Testing

November 04
Hammersmith, London, England
Corporate Workshop for Medidata Solutions

November 07-09
Solihull, England
Corporate Class: Rapid Software Testing

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