James Bach, Satisfice ,USA
James Bach (http://www.satisfice.com) is a pioneer in the discipline of exploratory software testing and a founding member of the Context-Driven School of Testing. He is the author (with Kaner and Pettichord) of Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach. Starting as a programmer in 1983, James turned to testing in 1987 at Apple Computer, going on to work at several market-driven software companies and testing companies that follow theSilicon Valleytradition of high innovation and agility. James founded Satisfice, Inc. in 1999, a tester training and consulting company based in Front Royal, Virginia.
The Renaissance Thinker
Description: In 1961, Jerry Weinberg wrote of testing as a challenging cognitive activity worthy the most ardent puzzle-solver. But by 1972, the Chapel Hill Symposium on software testing confirmed that the field was going a different direction: tools, test cases, scripting, and away from the development of thinking skills. The problem with all that? It doesn't scale.