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 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.
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 accredited 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.
“Certification won’t make you a better tester, but if you use what you learn from the training in an imaginative and dedicated way as the basis for developing your skills then you’ll become the best tester that you can be.”
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. Now based in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, he continues to be an active software test management consultant as well as a popular trainer.