Mike Smith

Mike Smith | testing experience

Mike is Managing Director (TSG) and has a broad background in systems development and testing stretching back 30 years.

After starting his career in pharmaceutical research where he continued his education in Chemistry, he moved into IT where he worked in the Telecoms, Pharmaceuticals and Banking sectors.

Mike became an independent consultant in 1984 and initially worked in the development of critical financial applications. He was the original author of the T-Plan Test Process Management tool which was first implemented by The Bank of England in 1989. He also founded ImagoQA Ltd. which at the time was the largest independent test consultancy in the UK with global operations in the USA and Australia.

Over the past 20 years, Mike has produced a series of papers about Test Process and Test Management and presented numerous seminars in these subjects together with IT Governance and Information Traceability. Mike was on the presenter list at the very first STAR conference in Las Vegas, 1992 and the most recent STARWest conference in Los Angeles 2007. In October 2007 he presented a keynote at the annual Ericsson Test Conference in Sweden.

Mike is using experience of various entrepreneurial start-ups, board-level appointments as well as his testing and QA background to develop ways in which the profile of testing can be raised in a manner that can be better understood by key business and IT stakeholders.

Mike is Secretary of the UK Testing Board (which represents the UK on the International Software Testing Qualifications Board – ISTQB) and the UK representative on the ISTQB Advanced Level Syllabus Working Party.

Mike‟s interests include cookery, wine, cycling, reading, quizzes, sport in general especially cricket and football. Mike was appointed a member of the main committee at Essex County Cricket Club in 2007 following over 10 years of involvement in sponsorship, benefit years and sub-committee chairmanship.

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