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Michael Bolton

Past Presentations

You can find an extensive list of presentations and courses that I've taught, including the slides and speaker notes for many of them, here.

Coming up—let's meet!

Check out my schedule, and drop me a line if you'd like to get together when things change and I'm in your part of the world—or if you'd like to meet online. If you'd like me to work with you and it doesn't look like I'm available, remember that my clients' schedules are subject to change, so mine is too. Finally, note that some conferences offer discounts—and even if they don't advertise it, maybe we can work something out.

September 15-18, 2020


Time for another online Rapid Software Testing Explored! I'll be presenting this class live via Zoom teleconferencing, during daytime hours people in Europe and the UK (and very early risers in North America). Read an overview of the class here; dive into the details here; and register here.

September 22, 2020


I'll be presenting a one-hour Ask Me Anything session at 5:15 Eastern Time for the QA ATL Conference, organized by AQAA. The conference runs September 21-25, and it looks like a bargain to me. href="">Register here.

September 23-25, 2020


Rapid Software Testing Applied with James Bach leading the class while I help out. As usual, we learn Rapid Software Testing by applying it to a project that has already been shipped or that is close to it. The class will happen during daytime hours for people in North America, and in the evening in Europe and the UK. Read an overview of the class here; dive into the details here; and register here.

October 5-8, 2020


The STAR West Conference; unsurprisingly an online event. On deck is a full-day Critical Thinking for Testers tutorial on October 5, and X-Ray Vision For Testers: How to Analyze Things on October 6. Register here.

November 3-5, 2020


HUSTEF, The Hungarian Software Testing Forum. I'll be presenting a half-day version of my Analysis for Testers class, and a keynote talk on What's Wrong with Manual Testing.

November 9-12, 2020


Rapid Software Testing Explored Online, presented via Zoom teleconferencing. This class will take place during daytime hours people for people in North America, and in the evenings for those in Europe and the UK. An overview of RST is here; dive into the details of the class here; and register here.

November 17-19, 2020


The EuroSTAR 2020 Online conference, at which I'll be presenting Answering Hard Questions: A Tester's Communication Clinic on November 17, and a keynote entitled Let's Talk About Problems on November 18.

About DevelopSense

DevelopSense was founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, to provide testing and consulting services. In 2002, I returned to my home, Toronto.

In 2003, I began a close collaboration with James Bach, becoming a co-author of the Rapid Software Testing class and methodology in 2006. Since then, I've travelled over a million miles to over 30 countries around the world.

Testing's purpose is to reveal problems that threaten the value of software products and projects. I provide consulting to development groups, managers, and executives who want to improve the quality of the testing work and its value to the organization.

In the RST class, I train testers to perform the fastest, least expensive testing that completely fulfills the mission of testing. Testers develop skill in evaluating the product by learning about it through exploration and experimentation—and then editing, narrating, and justifying the testing story. Testers learn to describe the status of the product, the state and progress of the testing work, and ways to make testing faster, easier, and more effective.

I've kept a pretty complete list of all my activities since 2005.

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