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



March 13-15
Utrecht, Netherlands
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

March 15
Utrecht, Netherlands
MeetUP: Invited Speaker: "The Future of the Testing Role"

March 28
Lehi, Utah, United States
Meeting with Tom Olsen and Associates

March 29
Lehi , Utah
Corporate Onsite Event

March 30-31
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

April 27
Seattle, Washington
Corporate OnSite: Invited speaker at Talent Talk

August 09-11
Broadcasting from Orcas Island, Washington, USA
RSTA Online with James Bach

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