James Christie

I am a highly experienced IT professional with 28 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, phamaceuticals, telecoms and central government. Whilst with IBM I became a Chartered IT Professional and professional member of the British Computer Society.

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. 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.

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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