For the first time in a long time, I am prepared to endorse a new trainer of the Rapid Software Testing class: Paul Holland.

Paul has been a tester and test manager at Alcatel/Lucent for something like 17 years. In recent years he has been using and teaching Rapid Software Testing methodology within Alcatel. His practical experience is fabulous.

But that’s not why I’m happy to have him working for me. There are a lot of experienced people in the world.

He is a pilot. He flew Sea King helicopters for the Canadian Navy. The thing about pilot training is that it is similar to good tester training. You have to practice, practice, practice. I’m a pilot, too. Most of my family flies airplanes. My approach to training is much influenced by that experience.

Still, that’s not really why I’m excited.

I’m excited because Paul enjoys an excellent reputation within the Context-Driven community as a facilitator of peer conferences. He’s irreverent. He’s an innovator. That’s important, because anyone who teaches my class must make it his own class, too. Paul has the right temperament for that.

Paul’s teaching style is a bit less aggressive than mine (as is Michael Bolton’s), if you like that sort of thing. He will teach through Satisfice, Inc., so if you want him to do a class at your site, contact me.