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Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard

Principal, Gerrard Consulting


Paul is a well-known consultant and speaker in the UK. In 2010 he won the EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award and in 2013 he won the inaugural TESTA Lifetime Achievement Award. He won the ISTQB Testing Excellence Award in 2018. His interests include professionalism in testing, understanding how software professionals think and communicate, and the application of ML/AI in software development. He is currently working hard to establish the Test Engineering Society as a professional body representing the interests of testers everywhere.

A Test Engineering Body of Knowledge – A Proposal
As a professional institution representing the interests of test engineers, the Test Engineering Society intends to become licensed to award three grades of professional registration (and post-nominals). It will adopt the Engineering Councils UK-SPEC, Standard for Professional Engineering Competence.

UK-SPEC identifies five areas of competence: A – Knowledge and understanding, B – Design, development and solving engineering problems, C – Responsibility, management and leadership, D – Communication and interpersonal skills and E – Professional commitment.

This talk will explain how UK-SPEC ‘works’ in the context of test engineering and how generic definitions of competence can be defined.