James Christie

I am a highly experienced IT professional with 31 years commercial IT experience. I have worked as a test consultant, test manager (covering the full life-cycle from setting the strategy, writing the test plans, supervising execution, through to implementation), information security manager, project manager, IT auditor, business analyst, systems analyst/designer and programmer.

I spent 14 years working for General Accident (now Aviva) then nine years with IBM working with a range of blue-chip clients. Most of my experience was in financial services, but I also worked with clients in retail, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and central government.

I am particularly interested in testing's relationship with audit and governance. I find this a fascinating area. Having worked as a test manager and a computer auditor I believe that there is often a lack of constructive engagement between the professions.

ISACA website I am a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), which is a worldwide association of IS professionals dedicated to the audit, control, and security of information systems.

AST websiteI am also a member of the Association for Software Testing and the International Society for Software Testing, both of which support and promote context driven testing, reflecting my views on how testing should be performed.ISST website

I am also very interested in how the quality of applications can be improved by incorporating usability engineering and testing techniques into development and testing.

In 2007 I successfully completed an MSc in IT at Abertay University Dundee. My masters project and dissertation, for which I received an A grade, was "Integrating usability testing with formal software testing models". See MSc Dissertation for the abstract of my dissertation.

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