Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. Since 2006, he has been co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing (RST), a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure, and has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries. Over the last Michael has 25 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For the last 18 years, he has led DevelopSense, a Toronto-based testing and development consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world.
See Michael Bolton at STPCon Spring 2019
Michael will be delivering a two 2-part workshops, a keynote and a sessions at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel – April 1-4, 2019. Join us for 4-days of all things Software Testing, QA, QE, Automation, Machine Learning and more… See the full program at www.STPCon.com/event-schedule
Workshop: Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing – Part 1 & Part 2 Why do we test? What’s the point? We test to develop a comprehensive understanding of the product. We test to find problems that threaten the value of the product, or that threaten the on-time, successful completion of any kind of development work. We test to help the business, managers, and developers decide whether the product they’ve got is the product they want. [Read More]
Workshop: Critical Thinking Skills for Testers – Part 1 & Part 2 In the workshop, we’ll question the myths of software testing; examine common cognitive biases, and the critical thinking tools that can help to manage them; learn modeling and general systems approaches to manage complexity and observational challenges; and work through exercises that model difficult testing problems—and suggest approaches to solving them. [Read More]
Keynote: Testers as Their Own Worst Enemies In this session, Michael Bolton will talk about several ways in which testers undermine their own reputations and the image of the testing profession. He will provide reframes and antidotes to help testers identify and resolve those problems, and he’ll point the way towards developing technical skills, socials skills, and most importantly thinking skills that can build respect for testing and increase testers’ effectiveness. [Read More]
Rapid Software Testing in Agile Contexts Over the last several years, a set of ideas and activities have been dumped into a big bucket called “Agile software development”. Agile development has hit mainstream recognition. Yet there is often uncertainty and turmoil around what “Agile development” means, in theory and in practice, and the confusion affects Agile projects and the people in them. [Read More]