Publications: Books, papers, articles
Neil Thompson is co-author with Paul Gerrard (of
Systeme Evolutif) of the
430-page book "Risk-Based E-Business Testing". This was published by Artech
House in August 2002, and has a companion website,
A tutorial based on the book, but also featuring additional material, was co-presented with Paul Gerrard to the European Conference on Software Testing, Analysis & Review (EuroSTAR) in November 2002.
Neil has also written and presented papers to several other EuroSTAR conferences, and to STAREast in the USA. He has presented at the British Computer Society (BCS) Specialist Interest Group in Software Testing (SIGIST) and to Electromind's Testing Master Class. Neil has also prepared presentations for internal use by his clients, and has written for Professional Tester magazine. A chronological list of publications follows:
"Organisation before Automation": a pragmatic methodology – an extension of Coopers & Lybrand Summit-D – applicable to any testing job whether using Computer Assisted Software Testing (CAST) tools or not (EuroSTAR paper, London UK 1993);
"RAD versus Trad.": a case study of the relative effects of Rapid Application Development and traditional software development methods on testing (EuroSTAR paper, Brussels Belgium 1994);
"Religion, Politics and Testing": a strategy for dealing with unprecedented pressures on testing timescales and workloads as EMU, year 2000 and other complexities coincide (BCS SIGiST presentation, London UK 1998);
"Zen and the Art of Object Oriented Risk Management": philosophy of systems quality, and how to keep testing focussed (EuroSTAR paper, Barcelona Spain 1999);
"SAFE Testing in the Unified Software Development Process": best practice in testing, how the client's in-house methodology and the USDP compare, and opportunities for combining (paper for client's Professional Services Best Practice Summit, Massachusetts USA 2000).
"Y2k: the Sheep who Cried Wolf?": a retrospective on the success which was perceived differently by some, and implications for the future of testing (article in Professional Tester magazine, UK 2000);
Book review of Kaner, Bach & Pettichord's Lessons Learned in Software Testing (BCS SIGiST, London 2002);
(with Paul Gerrard) "Risk-Based Testing": designing and managing the test process (EuroSTAR tutorial, Edinburgh UK 2002);
"Context-Driven versus Best Practice: is there really a Difference?": a two-part article comparing the apparently opposing factions, commenting on their respective principles, asking if they differ as much as they say, and claiming that some principles are "always-good" (Unicom Test/Testing/Testers' News/Times/Bulletin, UK 2002-2003);
"Risk and Testing": what testers mean by risk, history of its use, recent thinking, and ideas for the future (presentation to Electromind's Testing Master Class, London UK 2003);
Book Review of Louise Tamres's Introducing Software Testing (in Software Testing, Verification and Reliability journal volume 13 issue 2, Wiley UK 2003);
"Best Practices and Context-Driven: Building a Bridge": a development of the Unicom article into a comprehensive meta-method for process definition or process improvement, based on Goldratt's Theory of Constraints and Dettmer's thinking tool diagrams (STAREast paper, Florida USA 2003).
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