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  • James Bach is a leader in the field of Software Testing, writing and teaching a great deal on topics including exploratory testing, rapid testing, the use of heuristics, and session based test management. He is a vocal critic of the currently available software testing certifications, arguing that they cheapen the craft by claiming or implying that they represent a consensus that doesn't exist within the field, and often teaching things that many testing leaders consider outmoded at best.Bach is also a public proponent of self-education. He has no HS or college diploma, and writes and speaks on how to take charge of one's own learning.
  • James Marcus Bach is a software tester, author, trainer and consultant. He is a proponent of exploratory testing and the context-driven school of software testing and is credited with developing session-based testing. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Software Testing. Lessons Learned in Software Testing, a book he co-authored, has been cited over 130 times according to Google Scholar, and several of his articles have been cited dozens of times including his work on heuristics for testing and on the Capability Maturity Model. He has written numerous articles for IEEE Computer. In his autobiography, he reports that he worked as a software testing manager for Apple and Borland after dropping out of high school. He also programmed Apple II and Commodore 64 ports of various titles for Spinnaker Software. He is the son of the author Richard Bach. Since 1999, he has worked as independent consultant out of Eastsound, Washington. On this basis, he was one of the expert witnesses in the Microsoft antitrust case: he determined that Microsoft could indeed unbundle Internet Explorer from the Windows operating system.

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