Apr 97 - Apr 01
Test Manager & Consultant for IBM at General Accident (Norwich Union), Cazenove, Bank of Scotland & Scottish Power
During this spell James worked mainly at the General Accident (latterly Norwich Union) Account as a test manager on projects related to Y2K and also integrating systems following client mergers. All of the projects were completed successfully and on time. He also reviewed and recommended improvements to testing processes.
He also worked as a test consultant at the Bank of Scotland and IBM accounts at Cazenove (stockbrokers) and Scottish Power, defining new testing processes for these clients. This work was mostly in IBM mainframe MVS environments (CICS, Cobol & DB2), but also covered midrange Unix platforms and Oracle.
Feb 94 - Apr 97
Project Leader & Business Analyst - General Accident, Perth
James successfully led three sub-projects within GA’s strategic MI project. This role provided valuable experience of project management, definition of user requirements, handling customer relationships and team leading.
James joined IBM in November 1996 when GA outsourced its UK IT function to IBM. He was immediately seconded back to GA to define the outline business requirements for new MI data warehousing systems, and to review a business critical accounting system to decide whether it should be replaced before 2000 or made Y2K compliant.
Jan 88 - Feb 94
Computer Auditor & Senior Computer Auditor, Internal Audit Dept, General Accident, Perth
James conducted reviews covering IT security, operational systems, and IT processes and practices. He also provided internal consultancy to user management during IT developments, developed fraud detection programs (using SAS), took part in fraud investigations and represented General Accident on the Audit Panel of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
Jan 83 - Dec 87
Programmer, Analyst Programmer & IS Analyst, Information Services, General Accident, Perth
James worked on a variety of projects, all on IBM mainframes, running MVS & VM.
Mar 81 - July 82
Assistant Investment Accountant, Investment Division, Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, Glasgow.
“Why do people happily accept poor quality?”, Teatime with Testers Magazine, issue 4. http://issuu.com/teatimewithtesters/docs/tea- time_wit_testers_may_2011__year_1__issue_iv/search?q=christie
“Motivating staff and traditional techniques”, Software Testing Club Magazine, issue 1. https://files.pbworks.com/download/XYB1phzGsb/testingclub/22874833/stc-mag-feb2010.pdf
“Do standards keep testers in the kindergarten?”, Testing Experience, issue 8. www.testingexperience.com - http://clarotesting.com/page20.htm
“Bridging the gap with Agile - the troubled relationship between UX & software engineering”, T.E.S.T magazine, vol 1 issue 6. http://www.testmagazine.co.uk/ - http://bit.ly/J0GpEW (cover story)
“Testers and coders are both developers”, T.E.S.T magazine website lead comment article. http://clarotesting.com/page19.htm
June 2009 / Oct 09 “Business logic security testing and fraud”, Testing Experience, issue 6 & Security Acts
magazine, issue 1. http://www.securityacts.com/ - http://clarotesting.com/page15.htm
“What happens to usability when development goes offshore?”, Testing Experience, issue 5. http://clarotesting.com/page12.htm
“The dangerous and seductive V Model”, Testing Experience magazine, issue 4.
Languages James has a good reading knowledge of French and German, though his spoken skills are rusty.
Nov 2011 Jun 2007 Oct 2006 Feb 2005 Nov 2002
James Bach Rapid Software Testing ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Software Testing Usability Testing (E-testing Consultancy) ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing ISEB Certificate in Information Security Management (passed with distinction)
2005-2007 1982 1979 - 1980 1975 - 1978 1970 - 1975
University of Abertay, Dundee. MSc IT. ADM Ltd, Glasgow. Government TOPS course in Programming & Systems Analysis University of Stirling. Postgraduate Certificate in Accountancy University of Lancaster. BA Economics and Financial Control Tadcaster Grammar School, North Yorkshire. 4 A levels (including French & German).
PC Skills Windows 2007/XP,
HP Quality Center, MS Office, MS Project, PMW, Mac OS X, Lotus Smartsuite, OpenOffice