Bill Watson
Test Manager

Bill’s first foray into software came with a Dragon 32 computer in the early 1980s. Having a computer with a less than popular OS meant adapting his first programmes from a ZX Spectrum magazine and lengthy debugging sessions ensued.  After diversions into a number of non-tech fields, he returned to the fold and now has over twenty years’ experience in the IT industry. In this time he has worked in both contract and permanent roles in Europe and Africa ranging in scale from multinationals like Sony Ericsson, to being the first tester in the door at small companies. Bill is currently a Test Manager in the BBC, responsible for accepting outsourced IT projects into the corporation.


When project management and test management collide; how to manage testing when it’s all going a bit wrong

Synopsis: As test professionals we work in a world where we expect things to go wrong with what we’re testing but what happens when projects themselves start to go wrong? This talk explores different levels of how badly a project can go wrong and outlines appropriate reactions that test professionals can adopt as a response. It also looks at concepts such as the mythical man month and what to do if you find yourself on a “death march”.