The Rational Tester
Brian Bryson is The Rational Tester
At work I am: Brian Bryson, Technology Evangelist, IBM Rational

At IBM Rational, Brian Bryson is a member of the quality management team that plans and delivers IBM Rational’s software quality toolset. Prior to joining the IBM Rational group in 1995, Brian spent several years in Quality Assurance. Holding various positions from Tester to QA Manager, Brian studied and developed the best practices required to implement effective quality automation. A certified management accountant and former instructor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Brian has delivered IBM Rational’s message of software quality throughout the lifecycle to both students and quality professionals.


At home I am: Brian Bryson, Dad

At home, I’m a the father of a 6 year old girl and a 4 year old boy.  I like to play piano, guitar and wii.  My wii may or may not be modded, which may or may not be legal, but technically speaking, is fascinating.  I’m into home renos, and bit torrent and I try to get to the gym every day.  Except weekends, which are for drinking beer.   I like sushi and pizza, am exceptionally cheap, and sing in the car when driving solo.   My feet are always cold.  I’m pretty sarchastic, but in a nice way.  Sort of.  I think e-mail sigs are kinda weird, but if I had one it would read “Try everything twice”.  Now you know the Rational Tester. 

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  1. Hi Brian,

    I hope you are doing good. I am Irafan, a Software Tester from Bangalore. Lately I have been interested & reading about Testing SOA application.

    I came to know that you have written an article “Testing SOA Applications: A Guide for Functional Testers”. I searched the net to grab a copy of it but could not find it. Is it possible to send me a copy of this article with me? My e-mail ID is irafan@gmail.com


  2. Hi Brian:
    I’m glad to find out that there is an actual Evangelist for the IBM/Rational Testing products. My question to you is, what is IBM as a whole doing to promote RFT more?

    I feel that RFT is losing the marketing war against QTP and consequently, the skills I worked so hard to obtain are in very little demand.

    I’m a QA veteran of 20 years; 15 of those using and implementing Rational tools such as Robot, RFT, ClearQuest and ReqPro. I have been the front-line warrior of IBM/Rational in evangelizing companies about the benefits of using the tools. However, I have painfully seen the decline in market share and for the demand of folks who have skills like mine.

    Now I find myself out of work since last April and wondering whether I should have abandoned Rational for Mercury long time ago. RFT or RPF jobs are really hard to come by.

    Is there any hope that Rational once again be recognized as a leader in the Software Testing industry? How else can I help?


    Leopoldo A. Gonzalez

    • Hi Leopoldo
      There are others of us out there who are also RFT specialist and because we are the people like you who know the tools, we find ourselves in demand. Also with the more current Java development and the eclipse front end to Rational we find ourselves in Agile development project much more. Even to the point where we are replacing QTP because it cannot do the agile work effectively.
      So reinvent yourself in the Agile testing space, use the command line functions of RFT and you have a very big market. Add a test automation framework (TAF) to that and you will be a winner.

  3. im looking for the episode 3 so passe on youtube but could not find it. let me know. thanks.

  4. You’re too fast for me. Episode 3 just went live today. In Episode 3, Grady Booch and Scott Ambler discuss test driven development and the role of the tester in an Agile process.

    You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx44LguDyzE&fmt=18

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