About Me

Stuart Reid - 20

I am a software testing consultant and Chief Technology Officer at STA Consulting with over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, working in development, testing and education. Application areas range from safety-critical to financial and media.  I have a PhD in software testing and am a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

I provide testing consultancy and training worldwide.  In addition to this work, I also support the worldwide testing community in the areas of standards and professional development.

I am convener of the ISO Software Testing Working Group, which has published the new ISO 29119 Software Testing standards and I am also the software testing representative at BSI (see here for more details of this work).

For the last 11 years I have chaired the BCS Specialist Group in Software Testing and in 2001 I founded the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to promote software testing qualifications on a global scale (see here for details in this area).

I enjoy speaking at conferences, especially on software testing, and I am invited to present keynotes, workshops (see here for details of available workshops) and track sessions in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and the US.  In 2007 I chaired EuroSTAR, Europe’s largest ever software testing conference with over 1200 attendees, in 2001 I won the European Testing Excellence award, and I regularly write articles on software testing for magazines.

I like to spend my spare time with my family – when they let me 🙂 – but I have not yet persuaded them that watching football is a worthwhile pursuit!  I also like to design and build automata and fly kites (not metaphorical ones) when I get the opportunity.