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Rapid Software Testing Strategy (RSTS) - EN

DevelopSense (Michael Bolton) - This course is in English!

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Some people claim that testing is verifying and validating the product against requirements. Job ads for testers often require applicants to have ”experience with creating, maintaining and executing test cases” and in many organizations and projects, test cases are a very big part of the daily life. But are test cases the same as testing? Does testing always depend on test cases? Might an obsession with test cases actually take time away from valuable testing work?

If you’re a member of a team that’s developing a product or service, you’re probably working under time pressure with conflicting information and limited resources.  Managers want to know one thing above all: are there problems in the product that threaten the on-time, successful completion of the project? And they want to know right away.

You don’t have time to waste on premature or excessive or unnecessarily formalized testing.  If you do need formal testing—as you might if you are working in a regulated or safety-critical environment—you’ll need to do excellent informal testing beforehand, quickly, to prepare for it.


What you will learn

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.

The class is based on Rapid Software Testing (RST), see below...



  • Training and materials will be in English.


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About the Trainer 

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. Michael has 25 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For the last 18 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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