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We are happy to be able to invite you for a full week of professional testing training on April 16 to 19. Michael Bolton from DevelopSense (CA) will be running the 3 day mindblowing Rapid Software Testing (RST), the 1 day (extended) extented Rapid Software Testing for Managers as well as the 1 day brand new Rapid Software Testing Strategy.

Read about the courses by clicking the courses above or the banners below, check out our calendar and pricing here, register here, and check out what people are saying about Rapid Software Testing below the banners.


From Michael Bolton's webpage:


Read about what people are saying about Rapid Software Testing

Many thanks to my clients who are willing to share their experiences. For understandable reasons, some of them have asked that I use discretion in identifying them.

"I attended the Rapid Software Testing course with Michael Bolton some time ago (July 2010), in Amsterdam, NL. And attending doesn't mean 'sit back, shut up and listen'. There are challenges, puzzles and a lot—a lot—of interaction. Those three days passed by in a second; not a single dull moment. But most importantly, to this date it has had a profound impact on how I relate and look at the art and craft of testing! Oh.. and the lifetime support is fantastic."

Ray Oei, June, 2012

"The Rapid Software Testing course that I attended in June definitely surpassed my expectations. As an experienced tester I was becoming rather disillusioned of the so called "Tried and True" methods of software testing and was really looking for something that resembled, well, reality. So now, instead of spending my time writing test cases, writing reports that no one reads and chasing down Product Specs and Feature Specs I test. What an amazing concept—have the tester do testing!

It has freed up an enormous amount of time and, therefore, the testing is far more productive. Potential "show stoppers" are being found earlier on in the test schedule and test coverage has also improved greatly. More time is spent on important matters and less time trying to hit a number target (i.e. 90% testing complete, 95% pass rate, etc.)

The focus has returned to the task at hand (testing) and there is less focus on reporting (counting). That also allows for the tester to move into a more co-development role to assist with the implementation of new features and functionality. I'm happy, the Devs are happy, the customer is happy and the boss is happy—Thanks Michael!"

Blair Burke, B.Sc., Software Tester, Print Audit, Inc. - September, 2010

"Recently I finished a three day training course on Rapid Software Testing with Michael Bolton in London UK. This course was very effective and had elements related to learning, questioning and thinking all along. It reinforced my belief that testing is not a 'phase' performed towards the end or a '100% automated suite' as claimed by many Agile shops. Software testing is much more than that and it is extremely important for the successful delivery of any project... Overall this training and all the discussions we had during the course was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this training to anyone interested in learning rapid software testing."

Anand Ramdeo, London, UK

"You'll be happy to know that my team has been actively meeting to implement changes for improvement, especially with the dashboard concept and that many of my folks are more engaged with their assignments because of their new outlook on the value they can add."

Leslie Berth, Milwaukee, WI

"Last week I took Rapid Software Testing from Michael Bolton. The three days of stuffing my brain in the beautiful downtown campus of the University of Toronto was loads of fun...If you don't go to play each day, or you don't think you can break the rules, or you simply want to become a better tester, give Rapid Software Testing a try. I think you will find, as I did, that it is three days well spent!"

Michael Hunter (The Braidy Tester), Microsoft , "This is your Brain on RST"

"I thoroughly enjoyed your class on Rapid Software Testing. The more time I have to think about the class the more I find value in it. It has really changed my approach and ideologies around testing. The only thing left now is to get everyone in my office on the same page... Before I thought testing was just a stepping stone to move into development but now that I have more of an appreciation for testers, I think I'm going to stick with it and try to get others to realize how important testers are to software development."

James Swanson, Minneapolis, MN

"We are already starting to put into practice what you taught us—here is a mini case study. Four of the group sat down last Friday and tested another product. Dan (name changed for confidentiality --MB) guided and made suggestions. None of the 4 knew the product under test. The product test lead spent half the day being a live oracle. Results: Another 50 defects. Several were crashes (buffer overrun—thanks Perlclip!). Many UI and usability defects. By the afternoon the team was starting to find more specific defects in what the product should do, but wasn't doing. However, by this time they were getting very baked. This sort of testing is really hard work! However, the product lead was amazed by what was found, and the defects found per hour invested was—once again—orders of magnitude more effective than the testing that was currently going on with the product. We are going to cycle this much more frequently, and the same four are going to dig deeper on the same product later this week as well."

A test manager at a commercial utility software company, somewhere in Canada

"The training was a great exposure to a lot of different concepts and methods of attacking problems, and the rapid testing strategy looks to be very useful. On Thursday a support issue came into the group that fell in one of my feature areas, so I replied. I did a little work before lunch, and while out at lunch I thought that this would be a time to try some of the rapid testing methods. Took about 10 minutes, noted steps and thoughts as I was going, and arrived at a cause and possible solution much quicker than I would have in the past."

A recent student

Personal Endorsements

"I've known Michael for over 10 years, from his days at Quarterdeck forward. I've designed courseware with him, written documents with him, designed tests, worked through management issues and technical issues, done difficult ethical analyses with him--I would trust Michael with my Social Security Number and my mother's maiden name. And if I was too sick to meet a consulting or teaching obligation, I would feel confident that if Michael agreed to go in my place, he'd handle it so well that the client would be happy they hired me (and got him)."

Cem Kaner, Author of Testing Computer Software and Lessons Learned in Software Testing

"I met Michael in person for the first time at the EuroStar conference 2007. Before that I have been in contact with him through continuously emails e.g. asking him for advice or guidance in tricky test situations. At EuroStar I asked him if it would be possible to have him perform the RST course for our test team at our site, UIQ Technology in Ronneby, Sweden. Michael was visiting us in April this year (2008) and his visit was definitely a success if you ask me and our test team. Michael is one of the best lecturers I ever met. He's knowledgeable, funny, witty and very interesting. Whether you need a great test strategist, someone to teach you everything there is to know about the different sides about testing, a great test oracle or just a friend I will always recommend Michael. I also highly recommend Michael if your company is ready to take it to the next level and e.g. raise visibility of the required need for a balance between scripted tests and the exploratory testing approach."

Petter Mattsson, Ronneby, Sweden

"Michael is a born teacher. He is a very engaging and an effective speaker who knows his topic inside and out—a rare combination!"

QA Manager, Boulder, CO

"This course was highly informative and Michael was excellent in providing examples from real life."

Quality Assurance Analyst, Nashville TN

"Michael is an exceptional teacher with extreme knowledge and commitment to this topic."

Network Specialist, Toronto, ON



A BRAND NEW class for those wanting to learn about and/or improve their testing designs and strategies.

In cooperation with Michael Bolton DevelopSense (CA), we are very happy to be able to offer you a unique chance to learn MORE DEEPLY about software testing strategies - based on the Rapid Software Testing (RST) methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure.



We got inspired by the daily work with test design and test strategies and not at least the brilliant blog post "Drop the Crutches" and Twitter series about test cases by Michael Bolton.


From the course description

This one-day, hands-on, stand-alone class is for new and experienced testers interested in learning rapid and effective approaches to designing test strategy—the set of ideas that guide your choice of tests. In this class, through discussion and practice, we will discover: 

  • approaches to developing a test strategy by investigating project information, surveying the product, analysing risk, and preparing for deep testing
  • ways to de-emphasize the focus on formalized test cases in favor of testing—evaluating a product by learning about it through exploration and experimentation
  • aspects of informal testing that you practice already, but that you—and your stakeholders—may not have realised were significant
  • tactics for chartering excellent formal testing when it’s actually necessary
  • how to describe and illustrate your strategy and coverage for managers, developers and other stakeholders.


Read more about the BRAND NEW Rapid Software Testing Strategy [RSTS] HERE 



Click table below (or HERE) to get an overview of CopenhagenContext 2017 - Program, Venue, Pricing, Registration, Accommodation, Partners and Sponsors:




I was very excited to be asked to be the Program Chair for CopenhagenContext 2017 and I am just as excited by the program that we have selected for the conference.

First, let me say that we received a lot of excellent submissions and that making the final selection was very difficult. In addition to having excellent sessions that fit the theme, “Let’s Step it Up with Context-Driven Testing”, we wanted to have a lot of diversity so that we would truly have a conference program that would be able to appeal to any and all testers. We successfully achieved diversity in many different areas:

  • Almost 50% of the speakers are women

  • We have speakers from 11 different countries across 5 continents

  • Different sessions are suitable for beginners through expert level

  • Hands-on sessions as well as lectures

  • Technical and non-technical

  • New and experienced speakers

I am very pleased with the program that we selected. As CopenhagenContext is one of the lowest priced conferences I expect to see you there!






The CopenhagenContext 2017 Program Committee:
Paul Holland (US), Keith Klain (US), Maria Kedemo (SE), Duncan Nisbet (UK)




Strategery: Agile Transitions and the Enterprise TCOE


For the last 20 years, the globally distributed companies have invested in large scale, heavily outsourced, Testing Centers of Excellence – the TCOE. The paradigm shift required to implement agile practices requires different skills, models, and tools which directly contradict the principles… read more HERE


Keith Klain, Tekmark Global Solutions (US)






Implementing Context-Driven Testing Keeps Kicking My Ass
– But I Think I’m Finally Winning!


Life has a funny way of teaching us what we need to know. Lessons are like the theory of reincarnation, they will repeat over and over again until you learn what it is that the universe wants you to know. When I reflect on the last 15 years of my software testing career, the lesson is clearly around transforming testing teams, specifically with implementing Context-Driven Testing (CDT), and I can honestly say, the implementation of CDT keeps kicking my ass… read more HERE


Nancy Kelln, FGL Sports Ltd. (CA)