About Aqastra

Aqastra is the vision of Paul Gerrard and Susan Windsor. They strongly believe that testing is best done by business-savvy people. That the art of testing can be taught as a skill to seasoned staff in a relatively short time period whereas relevant business knowledge and skill can only be acquired over a number of years.

Paul Gerrard

Paul is the founder and Principal of Gerrard Consulting, a services company focused on increasing the success rate of IT-based projects for clients. He has conducted assignments in all aspects of Software Testing and Quality Assurance.

He has degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London, is Web Secretary for the BCS SIG in Software Testing (SIGIST), Founding Chair of the ISEB Tester Qualification Board and the host/organiser of the quarterly UK Test Management Forum and annual Summit conferences. He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences in the UK, continental Europe and the USA.

Paul has written many papers and articles, most of which are on the website. With Neil Thompson, Paul wrote 'Risk-Based E-Business Testing' - the standard text for risk-based testing. Paul is currently researching test methods and tools for large ERP implementation programmes in collaboration with ERP user organizations and academia.

Susan Windsor

Susan delivers strategic testing consultancy services. She has conducted assignments to set up test services within a corporate environment; improve estimation and metrics capture; setting strategic goals for outsourcing and off-shoring; effective supplier management; setting testing goals for individual projects and undertaking test assurance to support the implementation of the strategy.

She is a regular speaker at industry events such as BCS SIGIST, SQC and EuroSTAR where she has also been a Keynote speaker. In addition, she runs tutorials on a range of topics, including development of inter-personal skills. Susan started her career within the Oil Exploration industry and was a buyer of IT services. Having been frustrated with the level of service, she trained in all aspects of IT and set up an internal IT department which she ran for 5 years.

Susan was then involved in a start-up company whose business model built bespoke software on leading edge technology under fixed price contracts. She entered testing 12 years ago, Initially as Delivery Director for a specialist testing services business, then went on to run IBM's UK testing services business for 4 years before setting up as an independent consultant.

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