Michael Bolton provides software testing services worldwide and specialises in consulting, training and coaching for businesses, teams and individuals.
A course, a mind-set, and a skill set about how to do excellent software testing in a way that is very fast, inexpensive, credible, and accountable.
Rapid Testing addresses these issues.
Rapid testing is a complete methodology designed for a world of barely sufficient resources, information, and time. It's an approach to testing that begins with developing personal skills and extends to the ultimate mission of software testing: lighting the way of the project by evaluating the product. The approach is consistent with and a follow-on to many of the concepts and principles introduced in the book Lessons Learned in Software Testing: a Context-Driven Approach by Kaner, Bach, and Pettichord.
The rapid approach isn't just testing with a speed or sense of urgency; it's mission-focused testing that eliminates unnecessary work, assures that everything necessary gets done, and constantly asks what testing can do to help speed the project as a whole.
One important tool of rapid testing is the discipline of exploratory testing - essentially a testing martial art. Exploratory testing combines test design, test execution, test result interpretation, and learning into a simultaneous, seamless process that finds a lot of problems quickly. Read more about exploratory testing here.
Rapid Software Testing is an intensive three-day, hands-on class, in which you spend much of the time actually testing, working on exercises, puzzles, thought experiments, and scenarios - some computer-based, some not. The goal of the course is to teach you how to test anything expertly, under extreme time pressure and conditions of uncertainty, in a way that will stand up to scrutiny.
The philosophy presented in this class is not like traditional approaches to testing, which ignore the thinking part of testing and instead focus on narrow definitions for testing terms while advocating never-ending paperwork. Products have become too complex for that, time is too short, and testers are too expensive. Rapid testing uses a cyclic approach and heuristic methods to constantly re-optimize testing to fit the needs of your clients.
We also offer an optional, free fourth day whose agenda is set by the client. The fourth day can be used for consulting, coaching, conversations with managers or developers, or hands-on testing; whatever you like.
If you are an experienced tester, you'll find out how to articulate those intellectual processes of testing that you already practice intuitively. If you're a new tester, hands-on testing exercises will help you gain critical experience.
If you want to learn how to do excellent software testing when
you have to work with limited information and under extreme time
pressure, don't miss this opportunity. Sign up for Michael
Bolton's interactive Rapid Software Testing training in
The course will teach you:
- How to focus on the objective of a test and instantly tackle the testing of any product
or product idea.
- How to select and use effective models and practices for rapid test design.
- How to test expertly despite ambiguous or constantly changing specifications.
- How to deal with potentially overwhelming complexity.
- How to decide when to start, suspend or stop testing, and how to continue testing
while steering in a different direction.
- How to prepare and deliver credible test reports at any time.
The training is designed for Software Test Engineers and Test Coordinators.
For more information download this brochure: RapidSoftwareTesting.pdf
Participants are required to bring a laptop or tablet computer to search the Web, take notes,
and deliver those notes to the instructor.
The cost of the training is EUR 1,095 (excluding 19% VAT), including course materials.
The training will be held at the exclusive Green Village, which is part of the NBC in Nieuwegein.
Monday 21 May: 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 22 May: 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 23 May: 09:00 - 17:00