Dorothy has worked in software testing for over 40 years. Originally from the US, her first job was developing testing tools for Bell Labs in New Jersey. She then worked as a developer for Ferranti Computer Systems in Manchester before moving to the National Computing Centre where she developed training courses in software engineering. She later became an independent consultant specialising in software testing and founded Grove Consultants in 1988. Over the next 20 years, Grove gained a reputation for the high quality of their training courses, materials and presentations establishing a world-wide client base. In 2008 she left Grove to work again as an independent consultant. Dorothy now uses her experience to help educate and motivate others through conference presentations and tutorials.
She is co-author of four books: an introductory book for software testing together with more in depth books on Software Inspection and Test Automation.
Dorothy was Programme Chair for EuroSTAR 2009 and was the Programme Chair for the first EuroStar conference in 1993. She has been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing.
She was a founder member of the ISEB Software Testing Board, and was a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. In 2012 she was awarded the ISTQB International Software Testing Excellence Award.
Dorothy is a popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and events world-wide. She was awarded the European Software Testing Excellence Award in 1999 and was awarded the first ISTQB Excellence Award in 2012.
Her favourite hobby is singing, and she belongs to a number of choirs and small groups.