At the close of last year I invited you all to a breakfast to discuss the critical issue of testing. Through snow and other business issues we didn't get to host that breakfast in the end, but it is a New Year and we are going to host the event next week and I'd like to invite the CIO readership once again.

The breakfast next week is a chance to get some great debate amongst the CIO community going on the issue of system and software testing. Experimentus, a consultancy in the area, have penned a new report which will form part of the discussion. If you like to attend, let me know.

Experimentus have set out the case that the Testing profession is at this critical juncture, in a new White Paper 'Hidden Costs in the Development Lifecycle'. The paper also details proposals for the essential features of a new Testing professionalism.

Mark Chillingworth, Editor in Chief, CIO, will introduce the agenda: the paper's two authors, Geoff Thompson and Richard Sykes will then detail & explain our thinking - and Mark will then lead what we hope will be a focused and detailed debate.

Geoff Thompson, a founder member of the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB). Currently the Chair of The UK Testing Board, Chair of the Management Committee of the TMMi Foundation and the Consultancy Director for Experimentus.

Richard Sykes, a former global Group CIO, is Chair of the Board of the TMMi Foundation, and an elected Board member of Intellect, the UK association of the IT, Telecoms and Electronics industries.

The breakfast will be held on Thursday 20 January at the Board Room at Experimentus' offices at 17 Dorset Square, Marylebone, NW1 6QB - close to Marylebone and Baker Street stations. Registration from 07:30 for a 08:00 start, and closure by 10:00/10:30.