To the Developer: About Your Impending “Promotion”

Dear Developer… I’d like to warn you that you’re about to get “promoted” — and doubtless without a pay increase — to a kind of management job that I bet you don’t want. Hold on a second; pardon me. Let me introduce myself first. I’m a tester. As a tester, it’s my job to point out problems and risks that you might not have recognized. A brief, informal survey of … Read more

Response to “Testing: Bolt-on AI”

A little while back, on LinkedIn, Jason Arbon posted a long article that included a lengthy conversation he had with ChatGPT.  The teaser for the article is “A little humility and curiosity will keep you one step ahead of the competition — and the machines.”  The title of the article is “Testing: Bolt-on AI” and in Jason’s post linking to it, I’m tagged, along with my Rapid Software Testing colleague … Read more

The Developer Who Loves Testing

Deep testing — testing that maximizes the change of finding every elusive bug that matters — is the kind of testing work that engages and motivates serious testers. Developers tend to prefer shallow testing that doesn’t disrupt the developer’s mindset and the developer’s focus on getting the danged product built. (Before anyone gets too upset, note that the shallowness of shallow testing is a feature, not a bug. There’s lots more … Read more

Risk in the Wild

In several of our Rapid Software Testing classes, for the last four years at least, these three slides have part of our materials on risk: And then what do you know?! This happened. (“Taylor Swift Crashes Ticketmaster as Fans Scoop Up Presale Tickets”; here’s the link.) And this happened too… (“Justice Dept. is Said to Investigate Ticketmaster’s Parent Company”) Here’s the link to that. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

‘Demonstration, Experiment, and Testing’ by Michael Bolton #ATAGTR2021

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Keynote Session by Michael Bolton, “Demonstration, Experiment, and Testing” at #ATAGTR2021; for the Agile Testing Alliance
Our Speaker – Michael Bolton

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.

It was the 6th Edition of “Global Testing Retreat” happened on 11-12 December 2021.

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Test with Brains or Bots

Fireside chat with Michael Bolton | QA TechTalks Community 0:10 / 55:43

Topic: Would you prefer to test with brains or bots? An interactive short talk & discussion about test with brains or bots or both with best practices, evidence, proofs, examples, and inputs. A weekly fireside chat series to share with the community.

Speaker: Michael Bolton I help people and organizations find product problems and solve testing problems quickly and expertly with Rapid Software Testing. /…

1. Real-time examples
2. Tools & Techniques
3. Rapid Software Testing
4. Best practices and strategies
5. Advantages & disadvantages with manual and automation testing
6. Scope of testing in future

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Tech Talk with Amit & Rinat – Episode 026 – Rapid Software Testing

Software is everywhere. And good quality software has become very important and sometimes even critical as well. But with rapid progress in development cycle, testers don’t often get enough time to test software. What if there is a better way to test software without compromising quality, which is more focused and which can be completed rapidly.

In this week’s #TechTalk, Amit and Rinat talk with Michael Bolton, co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing (RST), about software testing, context driven testing, Rapid Software Testing, and a lot more!

Suggestions for the (New) Testers

A friend that I’m just getting to know runs a training and skills development program for new testers. Today he said, “My students are now starting a project which includes test design, test techniques, and execution of testing. Do you have any input or advice for them?” Here’s my reply. Test design, test techniques, and execution of testing are all good things. I’d prefer performing tests to “test execution”. In … Read more

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath – AMA ft. Michael Bolton
In this AMA you can ask Michael anything about testing.

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. He is the 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. He has taught RST to testers in 35 countries. Michael has been testing, developing, managing, and writing about software since 1988. For over 20 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. Contact Michael at, on Twitter @michaelbolton, or through his Web site,

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