I’ve worked as an IT consultant for over fourteen years in a number of different roles, including more than 10 years as an application performance tester and test manager. I specialise in Microsoft server operating systems and HP testing tools (primarily ALM tools).
I left HBOS (Lloyds Banking Group) in November 2009 after six years working as a senior performance tester and test manager. During my time at HBOS, I was responsible for performance testing customer facing web-sites and key internal and core banking applications using LoadRunner. I managed the team responsible for the performance testing of the HBOS Faster Payments system using Iliad FasTest. At the time, this was the most ambitious test project ever undertaken by HBOS plc. As well as training and mentoring my colleagues in the performance test team, I acted as a technical advisor on Performance Center, LoadRunner and HP Diagnostics software throughout Lloyds Banking Group.
I take an active role in the UK and worldwide testing community. I am co-leader of the UK HP Software user group,VIVIT and sit on Vivit’s Board of Directors. My main responsibilities are to help develop Vivit services for members throughout Europe and develop the Vivit Social Media strategy.
After leaving HBOS, I created my own company “Richard Bishop IT Ltd” and worked through 2010 and early 2011 working for a client in London two days per week and remotely from home. I now work for Trust IV Ltd, a specialist provider of enterprise software testing services.
My most recent presentation, “performance testing in the cloud” expands on the themes of cloud based performance testing and was presented to the BCS SIGiST (Special Interest Group In Software Testing) at their summer conference in July 2012.