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Thompson information Systems Consulting Ltd was founded by Neil Thompson as a vehicle for him to undertake assignments as an independent testing consultant and testing manager. Neil is still the sole director of the company, and there are no immediate plans for expansion of staff numbers. This lightweight company structure maximises agility and impartiality.   Neil Thompson photo: "1970s porn star" version retained at request of Bhavinder Neil Thompson photo: still recovering from the legendary Crooked Billet meeting


Neil Thompson

Neil has worked for over 25 years in information systems, initially with a computer hardware manufacturer and two of the UK’s leading software houses, followed by a period abroad with two international user organisations. He then became a systems integration and testing specialist during ten years as a management consultant with two global firms.

His experience:

Neil launched TiSCL in 1998, since when he has fulfilled several successful assignments for high-profile organisations in the financial services, retail, pharmaceutical and information technology sectors.

He therefore has a wide perspective on the IS business, including roles as a programmer, systems analyst and project manager. He has shared the frustrations of users and the sleep deprivation of operators, and as a scientist with artistic tendencies he now feels fulfilled as a testing specialist.

Neil’s testing expertise began with intuitive unit testing using various languages from assembler upwards, then developed with exposure to structured methodologies and leadership of system testing and acceptance testing. He became the leading testing expert at Coopers & Lybrand (now part of Pricewaterhousecoopers), specialising in systems integration, and is now active amongst the UK’s most prominent testers in sharing experiences and ideas with colleagues in Europe, the USA and beyond. This is based on a long record of speaking at conferences and seminars, and writing magazine articles: for example, Neil spoke at the first two EuroSTAR events (in 1993 and 1994), and his 1999 paper sowed some of the seeds of the book "Risk-Based E-business Testing" published in August 2002. He spoke at STAREast in the USA in 2003, and his paper was subsequently featured in the StickyLetter international newsletter.

He is a graduate of Cambridge University (UK), and a member of the British Computer Society (plus its specialist interest groups in Software Testing and Configuration Management). He holds the ISEB Foundation Certificate in software testing and is booked to take the Practitioner Certificate examination during 2002. Neil is also a Certified Management Consultant (Institute of Management Consultancy, UK) and a member of the IEEE.

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