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.

Career Highlights

Published Works



Upcoming Events



May 03-07
Orlando, Florida
Conference: StarEAST

May 04
StarEAST Conference, Orlando, Florida
Tutorial: Rapid Software Testing: Strategy

May 05
StarEAST Conference, Orlando, Florida
Tutorial: Rapid Software Testing: Reporting

May 06
StarEAST Conference, Orlando, Florida
The New Agile Testing Quadrants: Bringing Skilled Testers and Developers Together, with Michael Bolton

May 11-13
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

May 14-15
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Corporate Consulting

May 24-28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Corporate Class: Rapid Software Testing Management

June 06-07
Las Vegas, Nevada
Research work with Michael Bolton

June 08-10
Las Vegas, Nevada
Conference: Better Software

June 09
Agile Development Conference West, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tutorial: Rapid Software Testing for Programmers


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