Richard Bender has more than forty years of experience in software with a primary focus on testing and quality assurance. He has consulted internationally to large and small corporations, government agencies, and the military. Richard’s work has included a wide variety of application classes and technology bases from embedded systems to super computer-based systems—and everything in between—consulting to both vendors and IT departments alike. He has been active in establishing industry standards for software quality and is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities, and corporate events. For his breakthroughs on code-based testing, Richard was one of the first programmers ever awarded IBM’s Outstanding Invention Award.