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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 I'm in your part of the world. 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.

February 28, 2019

Wherever you are!

A takeover of the Techwell Hub #testing channel. I'll be asking questions interactively all day. Find out more and sign up here.

March 6, 2019

Wherever you are!

An online webinar, Higher-Value Checking. This webinar is based on the session of the same name that I presented at EuroSTAR 2018.

April 1-4, 2019

San Francisco, California, USA

The Software Test Professionals Conference (STPCon). I'll be giving two one-day workshops: Critical Thinking for Testers, and a Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing. Then there's a keynote talk on Testers as Their Own Worst Enemies, and a track talk on Rapid Software Testing in Agile Contexts. More information here.

April 29-May 2, 2019

Orlando, Florida, USA

The STAREast testing conference organized by TechWell. I'll be giving two full-day tutorial workshops: Critical Thinking for Software Testers, and X-Ray Vision For Testers: How to Analyze Things.

May 15-17, 2019

Zurich, Switzerland

A public, three-day Rapid Software Testing 4.0 class, organized by House of Test Switzerland. Regsiter here.

May 21-25

Montréal, Québec, Canada

XP 2019 - The 20th International Conference on Agile Software and Systems Development. I'll be offering a one-day workshop on Analysis for Agilists, and a talk on Refactoring the Agile Testing Quadrants.

May 21-25

Montréal, Québec, Canada

XP 2019 - The 20th International Conference on Agile Software and Systems Development. I'll be offering a one-day workshop on Analysis for Agilists, and a talk on Refactoring the Agile Testing Quadrants.

June 12-14

Madrid, Spain

For the first time in years, a visit to Spain! I'll be presenting the three-day Rapid Software Testing Explored class, organized by Nexo QA. Register here.

June 17-19

Madrid, Spain

The trip to Spain continues with a visit to Expo:QA. I'll be giving a talk on The Secret Life of Test AutomationNexo QA, and I'll be offering help and advice on testing throughout the conference. Register here.

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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