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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.

Rapid Software Testing

Consulting Services

I help people to solve testing problems they didn't know they can solve—and I teach them how to do that for themselves.

Are there problems that threaten the value of the product?

Is the product you've got the product you want?

Are there problems that threaten the on-time, successful completion of the project?

If there are problems, isn't it better to know about them now than to find out later?

I can help you and your organization to get better at answering these questions.

Nobody likes to hear about problems. But if there are problems in your product, you want to know about them right away so you can decide to fix the big ones or live with the ones that don't matter so much.

You're developing in some context—Agile, DevOps, Lean, Scrum, or something more traditional. The product you're making is complex, with loads of potential value and lots of potential risk. Yet most approaches to testing seem to be aimed at hiding the risk.


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