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.

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Upcoming Events


September 15-17
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia
Conference: LET'S TEST OZ, Context-Driven Software Testing

September 18
Sydney, Australia
Sydney Testers Meet-UP

September 19
Sydney, Australia
RST for Programmers, 1-day class

September 22-23
Sydney, Australia
Corporate Training: RST for Programmers, 2-day class

September 15-19
The Bronx, New York, New York
On-Site Training: Rapid Testing Intensive at Per Scholas, instructed by Michael Bolton

September 22-24
The Bronx, New York, New York
On-Site Training: Rapid Software Testing at Per Scholas, instructed by Michael Bolton

October 06-08
Mequon, Wisconsin
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

October 09-10
Mequon, Wisconsin
Corporate Consulting

October 13-15
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

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