Richard Taylor
Independent Trainer and Test Management Consultant
Richard Taylor has been an IT practitioner for more than 40 years, during which he has done most of the jobs that it has to offer from programming and systems / business analysis through to project management. Since 1992 he has specialised in the conduct and management of software testing in a wide variety of environments. During six years as a Senior Consultant with one of the the world’s largest systems integration consultancies, he became the focal point for testing best practice within their UK Consulting & Systems Integration division. He has designed and implemented test process solutions aimed at BS5750, ISO9001 and CMM levels 2 and 3, and claims proudly that he has yet to fail a quality audit.

Richard has wide experience of applications delivery in the government, retail, logistics, insurance and transport sectors (including the management of airports). He is familiar with the issues of managing offshore testing and multi-national test teams, having worked extensively outside the UK. He has worked in Agile as well as more traditional environments, for companies and on projects ranging from very small to very large, and has used a variety of project management methodologies including PRINCE2.

One of the early members of the software testing Subject Board in the British Computer Society’s Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB), Richard helped to develop the UK’s Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Software Testing. Since then, he has contributed to its ISTQB replacement and to the Glossary of Software Testing Terms that accompanies it. He has contributed numerous improvements to accreditted training materials used for all of the ISTQB Advanced Level syllabi, and has written a complete training course for the ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Extension certificate. A regular speaker at conferences and seminars in both continental Europe and the UK, he has written and presented papers on several aspects of testing and test management, including use of metrics for test management and for Agile testing (in which he has particular interest).

Richard was educated at an English private school and Cambridge University, which was followed by a short commission as an officer in the Royal Air Force. He is currently based in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, where he continues to be an active software test management consultant as well as a popular trainer. Having recently married a Vietnamese lady, his plans for the future include relocating to Vietnam


Will Agile kill off the Test Manager?

"Agile teams are self-managing, and don’t need external management” – well, that’s the view of many Agile purists. If it’s true, and if the adoption of Agile methods continues to expand as fast as it has done in the last ten years, then a whole layer of traditional IT management roles might become unnecessary. Does this mean the end of the Test Manager?

Richard Taylor has been looking into his crystal ball, casting rune sticks and reading tea leaves in an attempt to see what the future holds for the management of testing. In this presentation he’ll tell us what he predicts.

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