Michael Bolton

Lead Consultant, DevelopSense

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. In 2006, he became 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. Since then, he has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries on six continents.

Michael has more than three decades of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. 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 michael@developsense.com, or on Twitter @michaelbolton. See his Web site and blog at http://www.developsense.com. Learn more about Rapid Software Testing at https://www.rapid-software-testing.com.

My Sessions

Tue, September 21

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Ask Me Anything with Michael Bolton

Too often, conference sessions don’t allow enough time for questions and answers. For QA ATL, Michael Bolton will deliver a conference session that is nothing but questions and answers. Michael invites you to ask him anything about topics near and dear to him, including (but not limited to) developing test strategy, recognizing problems in products, thinking critically, analyzing risk, applying tools, estimating testing effort, and communicating with clients (and playing the banjo or mandolin).

Michael will answer questions from the perspective of Rapid Software Testing (RST), the methodology that he develops with James Bach. RST aspires to the fastest, least expensive approaches that still completely fulfill the fundamental mission of testing: finding problems that matter before it’s too late. (He’ll answer banjo and mandolin queries mostly from the perspective of Irish traditional music.)

You can question live during the session, or you can send your question(s) in advance to michael@developense.com (include #QAATL in the subject line).