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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 I'm in your part of the world. 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 11-14, 2017

Utrecht, Netherlands

A public version of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Improve Quality Services. Learn about the class here, and register here!

September 18-21, 2017

London, United Kingdom

An in-house engagement: three days of the Rapid Software Testing class and a day of consulting for a private client.

September 27-29, 2017

Washington DC, United States

I'll be presenting two half-day classes—"Critical Thinking Skills for Testers" and "Critical Thinking about Numbers and Metrics"—and giving a talk on "How To Get What You Want from Testing" at STPCon, organized by Software Test Professionals.

October 2-4, 2017

Anaheim CA, United States

A one-day "Introduction to Rapid Software Testing" and "Critical Thinking for Testers" at the STARWest conference, organized by TechWell.

October 9-13, 2017

Shanghai, China

A five-day event, including a three-day Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Odd-E.

October 23-25, 2017

Manchester, United Kingdom

A three-day public Rapid Software Testing class, organized by the Ministry of Testing.

October 26-27, 2017

Manchester, United Kingdom

Two days of participation in the TestBash conference: a half-day tutorial on Thursday, and a plenary talk on Friday.

November 6-9, 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

The 25th EuroSTAR conference (and my 11th consecutive one). A one-day tutorial (Critical Thinking about Numbers and Metrics) and a track talk (Transforming Trainees Into Testers). Register here.

November 14-16, 2017

Brussels, Belgium

A public presentation of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Improve Quality Services. Learn about the class here, and register here!

Past Presentations

I've provided links to the notes for most of the presentations listed here. If you're looking for something and you can't find it, just ask.

July 2017

July 3-14 Two weeks of assessment and consulting on testing and test strategy for a corporate client in Hangzhou, China.

June 2017

June 19-23 A week consisting of three days of Rapid Software Testing class training, followed by a two days of consulting and test management training for a corporate client in Johannesburg, South Africa.
June 16 A day of private, internal consulting for a client of PrettyGoodTesting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
June 15 The debut of the one-day Rapid Software Test Strategy class, organized by PrettyGoodTesting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
June 12-14 A three-day public Rapid Software Testing class, organized by PrettyGoodTesting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

May 2017

May 30-June 2 Four days of training and consulting in Rapid Software Testing with a private client in Dnipro, Ukraine.
May 29 A day of consulting work with a private client followed by a testers' meetup by the seashore in Tel Aviv, Israel.
May 17-19 A three-day public Rapid Software Testing class in Montevideo, Uruguay.
May 15-16 A wonderful visit to the the TestingUY conference in Montevideo, Uruguay.
May 8-11 A one-day Introduction to Rapid Software Testing and Critical Thinking for Testers at the STAR East Conference, organized by TechWell in Orlando, FL, USA.

April 2017

April 26 A talk at a session at the Test Master's Meetup on the social and technical dimensions of testing and the ways they interact with each other, hosted by Xebia Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
April 25 A keynote presentation at the 8th International TestIstanbul Conference, sponsored by the Turkish Testing Board in Istanbul, Turkey.
April 19 A Ridiculously Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing, at the second annual Quality Jam—a testing conference organized by QA Symphony in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

March 2017

March 28 A talk for the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality (TASSQ), "No Test Cases Required", on chartering testing sessions.
March 20-23 A public three-day Rapid Software Testing class, as part of TestBash week. I also presented a half-day version of the Critical Thinking for Testers class.
March 1-3 For the second year running, James Bach and I co-taught a three-day class of Rapid Software Testing in Zurich, organized by Ilari Aegerter and House of Test Switzerland.

February 2017

February 20-21 A one-day tutorial and a keynote talk at CASTx17, organized by the Association for Software Testing, in Sydney, Australia.
February 13-17 A week of consulting for a corporate client in Beijing, China.

January 2017

January 10-13 A private three-day Rapid Software Testing class and a free day of consulting, in-house for a corporate client in Cambridge, UK.
January 10 A very pleasurable evening testers' meetup at the Old Spring Pub in Cambridge, UK.

December 2016

December 5-10 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class and a one-day Critical Thinking for Testers class in Tartu, Estonia.

November 2016

November 14-25 Consulting and training in Rapid Software Testing approaches, in-house for a corporate client in Shenzhen, China.

October 2016

October 31 - November 3 For the ninth year running, the EuroSTAR testing conference, this time in Stockholm, Sweden.
October 24 - 25 The STAR Canada conference in Toronto, Ontario, organized by Techwell.
October 3-6 The STAR West conference in Anaheim, CA, USA, organized by Techwell.

September 2016

September 28 A day of in-house consulting with a local client in Mississauga.
September 26-27 Reinventing Testers Week—WITS Peer Workshop, New Testing Conference, Masterclasses—organized by TestMasters Academy, in New York City, NY, USA.
September 19-22 A private three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Guelph, Ontario, in-house for a corporate client.
September 16 A public one-day Rapid Software Testing for Managers class in Sydney, also organized by Anne-Marie Charrett and Testing Times.
September 12-14 A public three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Sydney, Australia, organized by Anne-Marie Charrett and Testing Times
September 8 A public one-day session of Critical Thinking for Software Testers, once again in Melbourne, Australia, and once again organized by Rajesh Mathur and TEAM. Participation starts here; register now!
September 5-7 A private three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Melbourne, Australia, organized by Rajesh Mathur and TEAM.

August 2016

August 8-10 At the Conference for the Association for Software Testing 2016 in Vancouver BC, I gave a one-day tutorial on "Testopsies"—an approach to dissecting your testing.
August 3-5 A fourth three-day Rapid Software Testing class with a corporate client in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

July 2016

July 4-15 Two weeks of consulting and training in Rapid Software Testing approaches, in-house for a corporate client in Wuhan, China.

June 2016

June 30 Another one-day version of Rapid Software Testing for Managers for a corporate client in Mississauga, Ontario.
June 27-29 The second of three three-day Rapid Software Testing class, in-house for corporate client in Mississauga, Ontario.
June 23 A one-day version of Rapid Software Testing for Managers for a corporate client in Mississauga, Ontario.
June 20-22 The three-day Rapid Software Testing class, in-house for a corporate client in Mississauga, Ontario.
June 13-16 The three-day Rapid Software Testing class, in-house for a corporate client in Glasgow, Scotland.
June 6-9 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class, in-house for a corporate client in New York, NY.

May 2016

May 28 On my way back to Toronto from Australia, I dropped in on the Sydney Testers' Meetup for An Evening with Rapid Software Testing.
May 23-25 An in-house, private session of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Melbourne, Australia.
May 20-21 In Melbourne I gave the opening keynote at the inaugural Australian Testing Days conference, organized by TEAM.
May 19 My Melbourne junket continued with a one-day session of Rapid Software Testing for Managers, again organized by Rajesh Mathur and TEAM.
May 16-18 My first visit to Australia in years—and my first ever to Melbourne—began with a three-day public Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Rajesh Mathur and Test Engineering Alliance Melbourne (TEAM).
May 2-5 The annual pilgramage to Orlando, Florida, for the STAR East conference, organized by Techwell.

April 2016

April 25-27 The first-ever occasion on which James Bach and I have co-taught the three-day Rapid Software Testing class. The class was organized by House of Test Switzerland.
April 4-8 A week of on-site consulting and teaching for a private client in Christchurch, NZ.
April 1 Critical Thinking for Testers and Technical People yet again, this time in Auckland. All thanks to Vicky Price, Merridy Marshall, and Edwin Dando of Assurity for organizing the two-week, pan-New-Zealand excursion of public classes and events.

March 2016

March 31 Assurity sponsored an evening of How to Get What You Want from Testing for an Auckland audience.
March 31 Assurity hosted me in Auckland for another one-day Rapid Software Testing for Managers class.
March 30 Critical Thinking for Testers and Technical People in Christchurch, once again set up by Assurity.
March 29 After class, a talk on How to Get What You Want from Testing for the Christchurch Agile Professionals Network, kindly hosted by the Christchurch office of SLI Systems.
March 29 Assurity continues the Grand Tour of New Zealand with a one-day public version of the Rapid Software Testing for Managers class in Christchurch.
March 24 Critical Thinking for Testers and Technical People, a one-day class organized by Assurity in Wellington.
March 21-23 A three-day public Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Assurity, in Wellington, New Zealand.
March 7-9 A public Rapid Software Testing class, leading into the TestBash conference in Brighton, England, organized by the Ministry of Testing.
March 4 A one-day private Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client in Cambridge, England.

January 2015

January 25-27 Three days of a private Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client in Amersfoort, Netherlands.
January 24 The second day of the Dutch Exploratory Workshops on Testing, in Driebergen, Netherlands.
January 18-22 A new country for the list: three days of Rapid Software Testing in the classroom, followed by two days of consulting for a corporate client in Brno, Czech Republic.
January 4-7 Off to sunny, warm, Calgary, Alberta for three days of Rapid Software Testing in the classroom, and then a day of consulting for a corporate client. At least the welcome was warm!

December 2015

November 2015

November 22-December 4 Eleven days of Rapid Software Testing classes and consulting work with a corporate client in Xi'an, China.
November 9-12 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class and a day of consulting with a corporate client, arranged by House of Test Switzerland.
November 6 A testers' meetup in Zurich, organized by House of Test Switzerland. I delivered an updated version of The Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant to Say.
November 2-5 My eighth annual trip to the EuroSTAR conference, this time for a one-day class and a track session on Exploratory Testing 3.0, among the usual events and diversions, in Maastricht, Netherlands.

October 2015

October 26-29 Three days of the Rapid Software Testing class and a fourth day of consulting work with a corporate client on Long Island, NY.
October 19-21 A return visit to Vancouver, BC, for another three-day Rapid Software Testing class and other events, organized by PQA Testing.
October 10-12 A three-day session of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client, who provides RST on Gran Canaria as a signing bonus for new employees. How about that?
October 5-6 A day of training and a day of participation at an in-house testing conference for a corporate client in Chicago, Illinois.

September 2015

September 28-October 1 Two tutorial workshops and a track session at the STAR West conference, organized by SQE.
September 17-18 A two-day presentation of Rapid Software Testing for Managers, organized by PrettyGoodTesting, at the Tivoli Congress Center in downtown Copenhagen.
September 14-16 Three days of Rapid Software Testing work in Copenhagen, Denmark, organized by PrettyGoodTesting for a corporate client.
September 10-11 A return to Malmö, Sweden, for another accelerated two-day session of Rapid Testing approaches.
September 7-9 A three-day public Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Improve Quality Services, in Utrecht, Netherlands.
September 1-3 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class in-house for a corporate client in Mississauga, Ontario.

July 2015

July 12-July 15, 2015 Four days at the China Test conference in Beijing, including a one-day Exploratory Testing Masterclass, a one-day Testing Workout, a one-hour track talk, and a keynote address.

June 2015

June 29-July 10 Ten days of Rapid Software Testing classes and consulting work with a corporate client in Wuhan, China.
June 7-12 The The Better Software Conference West, in Las Vegas, Nevada, organized by SQE. I gave a presentation with Laurent Bossavit on how not to get fooled by people wielding numbers.
June 2-4 My first public Rapid Software Testing class in New York City, organized by Doran Jones. Register here.

May 2015

May 28-29 Two days of consulting and new-tester training on Rapid Testing approaches with a corporate client in Malmö, Sweden.
May 27 A private afternoon event and an public early evening event at Sogeti in central Stockholm, Sweden.
May 25-27

The Let's Test Conference, an intensive three-day meetup held in beautiful, isolated Åkersberga, Sweden. Laurent Bossavit and I presented a workshop on Defense Against the Dark Arts—a session on critical thinking about numbers and published research.
May 15 A day of conversation and consulting in-house for a corporate client in Auckland, New Zealand.
May 11-14 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class, with a fourth day of extra stuff, in-house for a corporate client in Auckland, New Zealand.
May 4-7 The STAR East Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA, organized by SQE. I gave one-day tutorials on Rapid Software Testing and on Critical Thinking for Testers, plus a track session (with James Bach) on our Rapid / Agile Software Testing ecosystem.

April 2015

April 13-16 A three-day session of Rapid Software Testing (with an extra day for consulting) for a corporate client in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.
April 8-10 For the first time in Vancouver, a three-day public Rapid Software Testing class, organized by PQA.

March 2015

March 30 - April 1 The three-day Rapid Software Testing class returns to Brighton for a public course, hosted by the Ministry of Testing.
March 27 At TestBash in Brighton, UK, a keynote presentation called The Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant to Say, in which I noted ways in which imprecision in language can sometimes cause problems for testers and project teams. You can see this presentation here.

February 2015

February 23-26 Rapid Software Testing visited Armenia for the first time, for a private class for a corporate client in Yerevan.
February 20-21 For Rapid Software Testing's first visit to Japan, I presented a tutorial and a keynote address—How To Get What You Want from Testing—at JaSST, the Japan Symposium on Software Testing in Tokyo.
February 12-13 Two days of consulting in Rapid Software Testing approaches with a team at a corporate client in downtown Montréal, Québec.
February 2-5 A three day Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client on the outskirts of London.

January 2015

January 27-30 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client in Manchester, UK, this time with the free day preceding the class.
January 12-15 A private three-day Rapid Software Testing class with an extra day of consulting and presentations, in-house for a client in Athabasca, Alberta.
January 7-9 A public three-day Rapid Software Testing class organized by PQA in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

December 2014

December 9 Metrics and Measures and Numbers, Oh My!—a presentation on measurement and metrics for a receptive audience at Tabara de Testare Bucuresti, a Bucharest testing meetup group.
December 8-11 In Romania again—this time in Bucharest—to present the three-day Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client. I provided some consulting and a testing game for the test dojo on the fourth day.
December 4 In Stockholm, Sweden, I gave a presentation at a quarterly meeting of SAST, the Swedish Association for Software Testing on Rapid Testing and the Rapid / Agile Software Testing Ecosystem.
December 3 I visited a corporate client and did an information talk on Rapid Testing and the Rapid / Agile Software Testing Ecosystem.

November 2014

November 24-27 A half-day tutorial and a track session at the EuroSTAR 2014 conference in Dublin, Ireland. The tutorial was called "What's the Problem?", on the nature of oracles and their role in recognizing problems that happen during testing. I compiled some notes on the subject. The track session, "Every Tester Has a PRICE" was essentially a brainstorming session and discussion on sources of project information. I gathered the ideas offered in the brainstorming session and created a mind map from them (in XMind format; you can download XMind if you don't have it already).
November 17-20 On my first trip to Romania I went to Cluj-Napoca, where I presented a three-day public Rapid Software Testing class and a one-day public class on critical thinking sponsored by Altom.

October 2014

October 27-November 7 A return visit to China, this time to Chengdu, for two more weeks of training and consulting in Rapid Software Testing with a corporate client.
October 13-16 The STAR West conference in Anaheim, California, USA. I presented a one day Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing, and a one-day class on Critical Thinking for Testers.
October 2 I was delighted to attend and present at the Vienna Tester meetup, thanks to Kindly Host Tom Mansch and the sponsorship of Ebcont proconsult GmbH. This was also the first time that my daughter attended a presentation, such that I was able give her in-person credit for introducing the Horse Lunge Game that we often use as a testing toy.

September 2014

September 29-October 3 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class (with an extra day of consulting work and another extra day of Rapid Software Testing for Managers) for a corporate client in Vienna, Austria.

September 22 While in New York City, I gave a short talk at the first NYC Testers' Meetup, which I hope was the first of many. Many thanks to Huge Inc., the host of the event; to Doran Jones, the sponsor; and to the organizers: Kate Falange, Anna Royzman, and Perze Ababa.
September 15-24 An intensive session of Rapid Software Testing with participants from Per Scholas. I'm excited about all of my classes, but this one was special. I owe a blog post on it.

August 2014

August 11-13 At the Conference for the Association for Software Testing (CAST) in New York City, I had the privilege of giving a workshop with Laurent Bossavit called "Thinking Critically About Numbers: Defence Against the Dark Arts". In addition, this was the conference at which the context-driven community, inspired by James Christie, initiated the Stop 29119 movement and Karen Johnson launched the Professional Tester's Manifesto.

June 2014

June 27 I gave a half-day presentation for the Dublin testing community as a warm-up event for the EuroSTAR 2014. The topic was How To Get What You Really Want from Testing, along with a brief diversion into the Rapid Software Testing Agile Ecosystem, which James Bach and I are developing as a radical revision to the ideas introduced in the Agile Testing Quadrants.
June 23-26 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class, in-house for a corporate client in Dublin, Ireland.
June 12 For the second time, I was lucky to attend the annual Per Scholas ROI dinner in New York, which this year honoured the work of the Per Scholas graduates and my colleage and friend Keith Klain.

May 2014

May 26-28 The third annual Let's Test conference in Åkersberga, Sweden, the leading conference for the context-driven community in Europe. This year I presented a workshop on testing games and what we can learn from them with my partner in crime Paul Holland.
May 5-8 A full-day tutorial and a track session at the STAR East conference in Orlando, Florida.

April 2014

April 28-May 2 A return visit to a client in London, UK, for four days (!) of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class.
April 11-17 A keynote talk at an in-house testing conference, in Beijing, China, followed by a Rapid Software Testing class and a day of in-house consulting for a corporate client.
April 7-8 A full-day tutorial, a keynote address, and a track session at STAR Canada in Toronto.

March 2014

March 26-28 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class, organized by ImmuneIT for its testing consultants, on Gran Canaria. If you're going to train your employees, why NOT send them to an island resort for a three-day class and then a few days of hanging around the pool?
March 17-19 An in-house, three-day Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client in Porto, Portugal.
March 15 A plenary talk at the Blip Ripple conference, in Porto, Portugal. More information can be found here. I gave a talk entitled Testing Is More Than Checking.
March 12-14 A public three-day class Rapid Software Testing, in Breda, Netherlands, organized by CodeCentric.
March 11 Tasting Let's Test Netherlands, held in Utrecht, Netherlands, was a one-day, appetizer-sized version of the main-course Let's Test conference in Âkersberga, Sweden in May. Here I presented a talk called "Getting Serious About Emotions in Software Testing".

February 2014

February 20 Yet another London Tester Gathering, hosted by the inimitable Tony Bruce. Here I presented a short version of the
February 17-20 An in-house session of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client near Heathrow, London, UK.

February 3-7 A three-day in-house Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client near Haifa, Israel.

January 2014

January 24 A keynote presentation at the first CopenhagenContext, a one-day conference on context-driven approaches, hosted by PrettyGoodTesting. Other speakers included Carsten Feilberg, Louise Perrold, Huib Schoots, and Henrik Emilsson.
January 23 A day of consulting and presentations on context-driven testing approaches in Agile environments for a corporate client in Copenhagen, Denmark.
January 20-22 A three-day in-house Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client in Copenhagen, Denmark.

November 2013

November 21 A visit to Eindhoven, Netherlands, for an evening talk in Sioux Software's "Hot or Not" series. The topic: "A Very Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing"
November 18-20 A visit to Dordrect, Netherlands to present the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, organized by CodeCentric.
November 4-7 I was first-ever non-European Programme Chair for the EuroSTAR 2013 in Göteborg, Sweden. EuroSTAR is Europe's largest testing conference.

October 2013

October 21-25 A private session of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class for a corporate client in Malmö, Sweden, along with a fourth day of consulting, coaching, and outside presentations.
October 17 I gave the keynote presentation at the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association's Targeting Quality Conference 2013 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The topic was The Role of Emotions in Software Testing, and the presentation materials are here.

September 2013

September 30-October 3 Rapid Software Testing's first foray into Belgium for a three-day course and a one-day testing retreat—a kind informal workshop with discussions, problem-solving, and exercises—in Mechelen. The events were organized by Co-Learning, InfoSupport, and ZSharp Consulting.
September 23 A public offering of the one-day Rapid Software Testing for Managers class in Brighton, England, presented by the Ministry of Testing.
September 18-20 A public offering of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Brighton, England, presented by the Ministry of Testing.
September 4-6 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA, for a corporate client.

July 2013

July 15-23 Eight days of training classes, consulting, coaching, and presentations on Rapid Testing methodology to a corporate client in Shenzhen, China.

June 2013

June 24-July 3 Nine days of training classes, consulting, coaching, and presentations on Rapid Testing methodology to a corporate client in Xi'An, China
June 12 Attended the Per Scholas ROI Dinner, honouring Joe Squeri of Barclays. Here I am participating a heads or tails contest. I prevailed over 1:512 odds, only to lose to a woman who made ten correct guesses (1:1024). That's QA Symphony's Josh Lieberman in the foreground, and Perze Ababa to the right.

May 2013

May 23 A visit to Gothenburg, Sweden, to scope out the site of EuroSTAR 2013, and also to deliver a presentation on How to Get What You Really Want from Testing for the Swedish Association for Software Testing. I also was given the privilege of a question-and-answer session with some of Martin Jansson's students.
May 20-22 Participant presenter at the second Let's Test conference in Âkersberga, Sweden. I gave a half-day tutorial workshop on Problems with Problems, and a track session on the role of Tacit and Explicit Knowledge in testing.
May 16-17 A public offering of the two-day Rapid Software Testing for Managers class, also presented by PrettyGoodTesting, in Ballerup (Copenhagen), Denmark.
May 13-15 A public offering of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, presented by PrettyGoodTesting, in Ballerup (Copenhagen), Denmark.

April 2013

April 29 - May 2 At the STAR East conference in Orlando, Florida, a one-day Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing; a track talk on The Role of Emotions in Software Testing. I also filled in for a speaker who couldn't make it, presenting a track session on regression testing and on test framing.
April 19 A one-day class on Critical Thinking Skills for Testers, organized by Assurity.
April 18 An evening meeting (in the form of a tiny peer conference) with WeTest, a Wellington, NZ testing group.
April 18 Meetings, consulting, and coaching with corporate client in Wellington, New Zealand.
April 15-17 A semi-public session of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Assurity.
April 9-11 At the inaugural STAR Canada conference, Critical Thinking for Testers (a one-day tutorial), The Role of Emotions in Software Testing (a track talk), and Attention, Deficit, Disorder (a lightning talk ).

March 2013

March 30 Webinar on Exploratory Testing for Tai Xiaomei and her testing community in China.
March 23 With James Bach, a visit with Professor Harry Collins for discussions about his books (including Tacit and Explicit Knowledge, The Shape of Actions, and Artificial Experts) and about his keynote presentation, "Testing Machines as Social Prostheses" and his tutorial presentation, Using Sociology to Examine Testing Expertise at EuroSTAR 2013.
March 22 Microsponsored TestBash, presented by the Ministry of Testing, in Brighton, England, and delivered a 99-second lightning talk.
March 19 A brief informal talk at the London Tester Gathering, organized by Tony Bruce.
March 18-21 Four days of corporate consulting on Rapid Software Testing methodology, management, and automation with Barclays in London, UK.
March 11-12 A two-day meeting of the EuroSTAR Programme Committee in Galway, Ireland, in which we decided on the lineup for this year's conference.

February 2013

February 18-22 the three-day Rapid Software Testing class for a development services organization in Stavanger, Norway. This also included an evening presentation for some of the development shop's corporate clients, and a one-day visit for presentations and consulting with one of its larger clients.
February 4-7 The three-day Rapid Software Testing class and a free follow-up day of consulting and coaching for a corporate client in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
February 1 Corporate Q & A: a two-hour online session with a corporate client, provided as a follow-up to a Rapid Software Testing class.

January 2013

January 28-30 Online coaching and support for the three-day Rapid Testing Intensive Online class, presented by James Bach and Satisfice.
January 21-24 An in-house version of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, plus a free day of Q & A, coaching, and consulting for a corporate client in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
January 13 A flying visit to the offices of EuroSTAR Conferences in Galway, Ireland for a planning session for EuroSTAR 2013.
January 7-11 Corporate training and consulting for a client in Oslo, Norway. This included the three-day Rapid Software Testing class and two days of follow-up work, exercises, and test management training.

December 2012

December 1-31 Thirty-one days of delightful time at home, doing writing, planning, and maintenance work and spending time with family.

November 2012

November 19-23 A presentation of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, plus a couple of days of consulting for a corporate client in Lund, Sweden.
November 7 A meeting at SysQA in Almere, Netherlands, where I introduced senior staff to some of the principles and practices of the Rapid Software Testing methodolgy.
November 3-6 At EuroSTAR 2012 in Amsterdam, NL, I presented a one-day class on Critical Thinking for Testers, and a track session called Evaluating Testing the Qualitative Way. I was also named as Programme Chair for EuroSTAR 2013, which was and is a great honour.

October 2012

October 22-25 Two days of the Rapid Software Testing class, and two days of consulting for a corporate client in Jersey City, NJ and New York, NY.
October 9-11 A three-day public offering of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class, organized by the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality.
October 1-4 At the STAR West Testing conference in Anaheim, California, I gave three presentations: a one-day Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing; a one-day presentation of Critical Thinking for Testers; and an experiential track session on The Metrics Minefield.

September 2012

September 19 A live presentation of Things Could Get Worse: Ideas about Regression Testing for the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association.
September 18 Things Could Get Worse: Ideas about Regression Testing, a one-hour Webinar in support of the upcoming EuroSTAR 2012 conference. (A link should appear here shortly.)

August 2012

August 20-31 Training and consulting in exploratory testing for a corporate client in Beijing, China.

July 2012

July 16-18 A presentation of "Critical Thinking for Testers" at the CAST 2012 conference in San José, California, USA.
July 10-13 Back to Cary, NC, for more private training and consulting in Rapid Software Testing with a corporate client.

June 2012

June 25-29 Rapid Software Testing class, presentations for managers, and a bonus workshop for a corporate client in Atlanta, GA.
June 12-15 Private training and consulting in Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client.

May 2012

May 24-25 A public class of Rapid Software Testing for Managers, also presented through Immune-IT.
May 21-23 A public session of the Rapid Software Testing class in Utrecht, Netherlands, presented through Immune-IT.
May 8-11 I presented the opening keynote of the World's Northernmost Testing Conference, which started on board the Hurtigruten (the Coastal Express), sailing from Trondheim, Norway. The conference continued over the next three days in Brønnøysund, where I presented a two-day version of the Rapid Software Testing class. So far as we know, this was both the first testing conference to take place on a ship, and at 65.5°N, the northernmost testing conference in history.
May 7 I presented the first keynote and a half-day tutorial at the inaugural Let's Test Conference at the Runö Conference Centre in Âkersberga, Sweden.
May 3-4 The UK's first public offering of Rapid Software Test Management, again organized in London, UK by Electromind.
May 2 An impromptu talk (introduced with a song) on the role of emotions in software testing at the London Tester Gathering at the Shooting Star Pub in London, UK.

April 2012

April 30-May 2 A three-day Rapid Software Testing public class organized by Electromind in London, UK.
April 25 Rapid Software Testing training and consulting, in-house, for a corporate client in Toronto.
April 16-19 A tutorial (A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing) and a keynote, "Evaluating Testing the Qualitative Way", at the STAR East conference, Orlando, Florida.
April 10-13 A three-day Rapid Software Testing class in-house for a corporate client, with a free fourth day of test management consulting in Daresbury, UK.

March 2012

March 26-29 A three-day Rapid Testing class in-house for a corporate client, with a free fourth day of talks and consulting in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
March 15-16 Two keynote addresses, a live demonstration of an exploratory survey session, and a one-day class on exploratory skills and tactics for a corporate client in Erlangen, Germany.
March 8-20 Master classes and train-the-trainer sessions in exploratory testing for a corporate client in Utrecht, Netherlands.

February 2012

February 29-March 1 Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client in Kracow, Poland. For the free fourth day, this client opted for an extra day of in-class discussion and exercises.
February 11-17 Writing and course development work with James Bach in Eastsound, Orcas Island, Washington.

January 2012

January 30-February 3 Writing work with Cem Kaner and Becky Fiedler in Palm Bay, Florida.
January 27-29 Participated in the Workshop on Teaching Software Testing in Melbourne, Florida, organized by Cem Kaner and Becky Fiedler.
January 20 A one-day peer conference on exploratory testing, organized by Maaret Pyhäjärvi in Helsinki, Finland.
January 19 A morning's conversation with Juha Itkonen on his studies and academic research into exploratory testing.
January 16-18 A three-day public class of Rapid Software Testing, in Helsinki, Finland, organized by Altom Consulting.
January 3-6 A three-day session of Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client in Calgary, Alberta, with a fourth day of hands-on testing and consulting with managers.

November 2011

November 28-30 In London, UK, I presented another three-day public offering of Rapid Software Testing in collaboration with Electromind.
November 21-24 In my fifth consecutive year at the EuroSTAR conference (this year in Manchester, UK), I presented a tutorial on measurement, titled "Illustrating The Quality Story" and a track session called "Dashboards: Real-time Test Information For Managers And Teams."
November 18 I gave a set of presentations on rapid and exploratory approaches to testing to a corporate client in Karlsruhe, Germany.
November 14-17 In Potsdam, Germany, I presented a one-day tutorial on Critical Thinking Skills for Testers (and there's a quick video about it here!) at Agile Testing Days 2011. I also delivered a keynote entitled "No More Fooling Around: Skills and Dynamics of Exploratory Testing".

October 2011

October 31-November 2 Rapid Software Testing returned to Nieuwegwein, The Netherlands for a three-day classs presented by Immune-IT.
October 10-12 At the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA, I gave a one-day tutorial on Rapid Software Testing, and presented a new talk, Standards and Deviations.
October 3-6 At the STAR West conference in Anaheim, California, USA, I gave a one-day tutorial on Rapid Software Testing, and in a track session, I urged testers to get out of the quality assurance business.

September 2011

September 16 A set of three presentations for customers and colleagues of Cybercom, in Malmö and Lund, Sweden.
September 15 Corporate consulting and presentations for corporate clients of PrettyGoodTesting, in the neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark.
September 12-14 A public offering of Rapid Software Testing in Copenhagen, Denmark, presented by PrettyGoodTesting.

August 2011

August 29-31 A public offering of Rapid Software Testing in Helsinki, Finland, presented by Altom.
August 24-26 An in-house presentation of Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client in Moscow, Russia.
August 8-10 A keynote talk on context-driven testing for Conference for the Association for Software Testing, in Seattle, Washington, USA. I also presented a one-day workshop on Test Framing.

July 2011

June 13-15 A Rapid Software Testing class in Leeds, UK, presented by ElectroMind.

June 2011

June 29 A presentation on Questioning Measurement, for the inaugural Mississauga meeting of TASSQ, the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality.
June 20-24 Five days of Rapid Software Testing in San Mateo, California, for an in-house corporate client.
June 6-10 Five days of Rapid Software Testing in Utrecht, Netherlands, for an in-house corporate client.

May 2011

May 23-25 A three-day public presentation of Rapid Software Testing in Helsinki, Finland, sponsored by Testing Experience.
May 11-13 A three-day public Rapid Software Testing in Nieuwegein, sponsored by Immune-IT.
May 10 In Nieuwegein (near Utrecht), Netherlands, I presented a workshop on test framing and a keynote talk, Two Futures of Software Testing, at the TestNet conference. I was also an invited guest at the booth for Immune-IT. Notes for the test framing workshop are here, here, and here. An updated version of Two Futures of Software Testing, with some speaker notes, is here.
May 2-5 At the STAR East 2011 conference, I presented a half-day tutorial on Test Framing (slides here, and related papers here and here). I also delivered a workshop called Questioning Measurement; slides for that are here.

April 2011

April 29 For Technobility and Interthink, I presented a Webinar titled Who Does Quality Assurance?
April 26-28 Rapid Software Testing, delivered as a three-day public class in Toronto, Ontario. The class was organized by the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality.
April 18-21 Rapid Software Testing in-house, along with a free day of talks and consulting, for a corporate client in Bedford, England.
April 15 A presentation on Test Framing at the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association's Targeting Quality conference. You may also wish to refer to my paper on Test Framing, first provided to workshop participants at EuroSTAR 2010.
April 6 At the London Tester Gathering, I asked (and gave some answers to) the question Why Didn't You Find That Bug?
April 6-8 Yet another wonderful group of participants in a Rapid Software Testing class in London, UK, organised by ElectroMind.

March 2011

March 15-18 I delivered Rapid Software Testingin-house, along with a free day of talks and consulting, for a corporate client in southern Sweden.
March 14 I gave a keynote address at SAP's Quality Day in Mannheim, Germany. Rapid Software Testing was the subject of the talk, and the presentation slides are here.
March 10 A keynote presentation, Testers: Get Out of the QA Business, at the Denver SQuAD Conference.
March 9 Two half-day Test Framing workshops at the Denver SQuAD Conference.

February 2011

February 28-March 3 Three days of Rapid Software Testing and a day of consulting in-house for a corporate client.
February 10 A one-hour presentation on Test Framing for the Software Quality Discussion Group's lunchtime meeting in Calgary, Alberta.
February 7-9 A three-day public offering of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Calgary, Alberta.

January 2011

January 24 - 28 I was in Oslo, Norway, for three days of the Rapid Testing class and two days of consulting with a corporate client.

December 2010

December 1-2 EuroSTAR 2010 continued with track sessions and the Test Lab. My account of the proceedings starts here.

November 2010

November 30 At my fourth consecutive EuroSTAR conference, EuroSTAR 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark, I presented a half-day tutorial on test framing, the skill of linking risk, oracles, coverage, and tests—and your account of them—in a coherent logical framework. The EuroSTAR slides and paper nan be be found here. There's an updated version of the paper here.
November 19 After a two-day Rapid Software Testing class, I gave a keynote presentation (Testers: Get Out of the Quality Assurance Business and a half-day Exploratory Testing Master Class at SQA Days in St. Petersburg, Russia.
November 2 I was delighted to be invited to speak at the London Tester Gathering, a series of monthly get-togethers hosted by the enterprising Tony Bruce, at the Shooting Star Pub in the City of London. I talked about Burning Issues of the Day.
November 2-4 A three-day public Rapid Software Testing class, organized by Electromind, with testers from the U.K., Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden.

October 2010

October 22 I presented a talk on two futures of testing at the offsite retreat for a corporate client in the medical field.
October 21 A keynote presentation of my talk, Testers: Get Out of the QA Business! at the TesTrek conference here in Toronto.
October 19 I presented a track session, Testers: Get Out of the QA Business! at STPCon. I was honoured to have Jerry Weinberg attending and contributing to the presentation.
October 17-18 A two-day version of the usually-three-day Rapid Software Testing course at the Software Test Professionals Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
October 8 A lunchtime visit to a corporate client in Berlin, Germany, where I was privileged to speak to a handful of testers and a large bunch of programmers about testing.
October 4-7 A one-day tutorial workshop and a keynote, Testers, Get Out of the QA Business at Agile Testing Days in Berlin, Germany. A related blog post is here. At this conference, we also had extensive discussions on certification and its discontents. Those who are interested in that topic might like to see a talk from 2007, "Why I Am Not (Yet) Certified".

September 2010

September 30 The first presentation of Test Framing for the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association. (There's also a blog post about test framing here.)
September 17 A day of presentations, exercises, and consulting in-house for a corporate client in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
September 16 A lunchtime presentation of Two Futures of Sofware Testing for Softtest in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
September 14 An evening presentation of Two Futures of Sofware Testing for Software Skillnet in Dublin.
September 13-15 I presented a public offering of the three-day Rapid Software Testing class in Dublin, Ireland.

August 2010

August 17-18 I presented a keynote address at the RIM Test Automation Conference, August 18-19, in Waterloo, Ontario.
August 16 A two-hour online coaching presentation for a large corporate client. This was done as a conversation with one of their staff, and seemed very well received.
August 3-4 At CAST (the Conference of the Association for Software Testing) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I was asked at the last minute to do a presentation as a replacement for a presenter who was unable to attend. I did my presentation on Noticing.

July 2010

July 17-18 The Sixth Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, an invitation-only peer conference which I co-founded with Fiona Charles. This year we were privileged to have attendees from Calgary and England, in addition to our usual complement of people from Ottawa and southwestern Ontario.
July 7-9 A public offering of Rapid Software Testing in Amsterdam, organized by Diaz and Hilterscheid, the publishers of Testing Experience magazine.

June 2010

June 28-30 Co-presented Cem Kaner's Black Box Software Testing class (with Cem himself in the lead role) to a corporate client in Waterloo, Ontario.
June 23-25 Assisted Cem Kaner in a rare live presentation of his Black Box Software Testing class here in Toronto, for TASSQ, the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality. Check out the online courses offered by the Association for Software Testing.
June 22 A EuroSTAR Webinar, "Testers: Get Out of the Quality Assurance Business".
June 17 & 18 A two-day public class in two parts: A Rapid Introduction To Rapid Software Testing and Critical Thinking for Testers, for the Southwestern Ontario Software Quality Group.
June 14-16 An in-house presentation of Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client in Waterloo. Because of a crowded schedule, we'll be doing the free fourth day later.
June 10 For the Calgary Software Quality Discussion Group, the first public presentation of "Testers: Get Out of the Quality Assurance Business".
June 7-9 Rapid Software Testing, in a three-day public offering in Calgary, AB, sponsored by Lynn McKee and by Wayne Stark of Integritas Solutions.

May 2010

May 14 An afternoon with the Scottish Testing Group in Edinburgh. I presented Two Futures of Sofware Testing, Six Short Talks About Software Testing, and a new version of Burning Issues of the Day.
May 12 The London Tester's Gathering in the basement at the LVPO Bar in Soho, London, UK. I talked about (and heartily recommended) Leviathan and the Air Pump, a history of an epic scientific dispute that reflected the tensions between experiment and philosophy.
May 11-13 A three-day public offering of Rapid Software Testing in London, England, May 11-13. This one is sponsored by Stephen Allott at Electromind.
April 26-30 "I Wouldn't Have Seen It If I Hadn't Believed It: Confirmation Bias in Testing", a track session at the STAR East Conference, Orlando, Florida.
April 22-24 The 14th Workshop on Performance and Reliability in Montreal, Quebec.
April 21 Questioning Best Practices—a half-day tutorial at the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association'S third annual Targeting Quality Conference.
April 13-16 A three-day session of Rapid Software Testing, plus a day of free consulting, for a corporate client in Colorado Springs, CO.

March 2010

March 23-25 A three-day public offering of Rapid Software Testing in Berlin, Germany, sponsored by Testing Experience.
March 23-25 A three-day public offering of Rapid Software Testing, and a keynote talk on Testing, Checking, and Tools at the Conference on Free Testing Tools, sponsored by the Norwegian Computer Society, in Trondheim, Norway.
March 22 A keynote talk on testing vs. checking at the Conference on Free Testing Tools, sponsored by the Norwegian Computer Society, in Trondheim, Norway.
March 11-12 A meeting with a number of testers in Moscow, Russia, where I described, explained, and demonstrated Rapid Software Testing.

February 2010

February 10 I gave an interactive talk, "Why Is Testing Taking So Long" at the Markham meeting for TASSQ, the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality.

January 2010

January 29-31 The 2010 Workshop on Teaching Software Testing, in Melbourne, Florida. This year the subject was what to teach programmers about how to test at the implementation level.

December 2009

December 14-17 A session of Rapid Software Testing with a corporate client in St. Louis, MO.
December 1 Burning Issues of the Day, a mini track session presentation at EuroSTAR 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden.

November 2009

November 30 An Exploratory Testing Masterclass, a one-day tutorial at EuroSTAR 2009.
November 19 Exploring Testing (and) Leadership, the opening plenary presentation at STC 2009, a conference sponsored by the Edista Testing Institute and QAI Worldwide in Bangalore, India.
November 17-18 A two-day Rapid Software Testing class in Bangalore, India.
November 16 A one-day session of Rapid Software Testing in Hyderabad, India.
November 13 A one-day session of Rapid Software Testing in Chennai, India.
November 12 A one-day session of Rapid Software Testing in Mumbai, India.
November 12 A day of corporate consulting with a client in the Washington, DC area.
November 2-5 A session of Rapid Software Testing with a corporate client in Baltimore, MD.

October 2009

October 26-29 TesTrek, a QAI-produced conference right here in Toronto. I participated in the Managers' Workshop on Monday. This included two impromptu talks Test Process in 20 Minutes and Automation in 20 Minutes. I also presented Two Futures of Software Testing on Wednesday.
October 22-23 At the Software Test and Performance Conference, Boston, MA, a keynote address, Lessons Can Learn from Astronauts. In addition, three track talks: Noticing, A Rapid Introduction To Rapid Software Testing, and Two Futures of Software Testing.
October 5-9 Three sessions at STAR West, Anaheim, CA, October 5-9: Tester's Clinic: Dealing with Tough Questions and Testing Myths; Using the Secrets of Improv to Improve Your Testing; and The Skill of Factoring: Identifying What to Test. I also participated in a panel discussion hosted by Ross Collard, with James Bach, James Lyndsay, and Harry Robinson.

September 2009

September 30 A re-presentation of my talk on Noticing skills at the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association.
September 29 An online Webinar on exploratory approaches in Agile projects, with Chad Wathington from ThoughtWorks. My slides for the Webinar are are here.

August 2009

August 31-September 3 Working with a local client to present Rapid Software Testing and four sessions of follow-up work, in Toronto, starting August 31 and continuing through the fall.
August 27-28 A workshop on "Why is Testing Taking So Long?" at Agile 2009, Thursday, August 27. The really interesting thing at the conference, for me, was the next day: a lightning talk on testing vs. checking. The story is in this blog post, and a series of blog posts on the topic begins here.
August 10-13 An in-house session of Rapid Software Testing and a day of hands-on testing, consulting and coaching with a client in northern Calfornia.
August 10-13 An in-house session of Rapid Software Testing and a day of hands-on testing, consulting and coaching with a client in northern Calfornia.

July 2009

July 13-15 At the CAST Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, a one-day tutorial workshop with Fiona Charles called Testing Your Testing: Determining Risks, and solo, an interactive version of User Acceptance Testing: A Context-Driven Perspective. Some notes are available upon request. I also enjoyed facilitating a couple of sessions.
July 1-3 A public session of Rapid Software Testing, in London, England, UK, sponsored by ElectroMind.

June 2009

June 22-26 Professional development: participated in Jerry Weinberg's workshop, Designing Experiential Exercises and Simulations, presented with Esther Derby June 22-26 in Albuquerque, NM.
June 16 A presentation of my keynote address, Two Futures of Software Testing at the June 17 BCS SIGIST Conference in London, England. Later that day, two pseudo-lightning talks (they were longer than five minutes). The first was on the subject of emotions as triggers to recognizing oracles and problems in software. The second was a work-in-progress on how we decide to stop testing, and why "testing" takes so long.

May 2009

May 4-7 At the STAR East conference, produced by Software Quality Engineering in Orlando, FL, I gave a keynote address on Testing and Noticing. I also gave a half-day experiential workshop on Difficult Testing Questions and How to Answer Them, and a track session called Insource or Outsource Testing: Understanding Your Context.

April 2009

April 20-22 The QAI QUEST Conference in Chicago. I gave a full-day workshop called Exploratory Testing: Design, Execute and Learn, and a track session billed as Exploratory Testing: Recording and Reporting. If you're interested in the topic, you may also be interested in a 2007 paper, An Exploratory Tester's Notebook.

March 2009

March 16 A keynote presentation and a track session at the Triangle Information Systems Quality Assurance 2009 Testing Conference is in Chapel Hill, NC.
March 8-12 Rapid Software Testing, a full day of hands-on testing, consulting, coaching, dining, and chat with managers, plus two half-days attending and presenting at the company's Quality Summit.

February 2009

February 23-26 A three-day session of Rapid Software Testing, plus a day of consulting, coaching, and hands-on testing with a corporate client in Madison, WI.

January 2009

January 30 - February 1 The annual Workshop on Teaching Software Testing, a peer conference in Melbourne, FL.

December 2008

December 8-12 Rapid Software Testing—two sets of classes over five days, for testers, test leads, and managers—at a corporate client in Richmond, BC.

November 2008

November 24-27 Rapid Software Testing—three days, plus a day of consulting and coaching for a corporate client in Kanata, ON.
November 17 Six Short Talks About Software Testing, for VX Company.
November 10-13 EuroSTAR 2008 in Den Haag, the Netherlands, at which I presented three sessions. The first, on November 11, was an experiential tutorial on Critical Thinking for Testers. The second, on November 12, was a double-track experiential session on Heuristics: Solving Problems Quickly. The third on November 13, was a track session, a new version of my talk Two Futures of Software Testing. For this I was honoured to accept the very first CapGemini European Award for Innovation in Testing. According the organizers was also the highest-rated track session at the conference, as voted on by the attendees.
November 6 The day-after-AYE experiential workshop on teaching experiential workshops, presented by Jerry Weinberg and assisted by Esther Derby.
November 3-5 The annual AYE Conference (the ninth, and my sixth), at which I was delighted to assist Jerry Weinberg with several of his experiential workshops. This conference coincided with the debut of The Gift of Time, edited by my colleague Fiona Charles and the first published book to which I've contributed a chapter.

October 2008

October 24 A morning presentation for corporate client and their clients on the value of exploratory approaches to testing. The day continued with a lunchtime presentation to the client's testers and programmers, and an afternoon of discussion with a couple of key test managers. Dinner included conversation with the client's staff and a manager from the morning session, and continued into the night (the Swedes have remarkable endurance) with discussion of how to establish a community of skilled testers. And then we went to the pub.
October 21-23 A three-day public course of Rapid Software Testing in Umeå, Sweden.
October 10 A presentation to a corporate client near Minneapolis, MN, followed by a couple of hours of conversation on test priorities and strategies in a highly regulated, high-risk context.
October 7-9 A three-day session of Rapid Software Testing in Minneapolis, MN, sponsored by the Twin Cities Quality Assurance Association, plus an address (Six Short Talks About Software Testing) on the last day to the TCQAA's monthly membership meeting. For a few members of the board, I also provided an evening's worth of consulting on presenting successful workshops as fundraisers for testing organization.

September 2008

September 29 - October 2 STAR West 2008, at which I presented a tutorial (Difficult Testing Question and How To Answer Them) and a track session, a requested repeat of last spring's session on test coverage. I also had the pleasure of some development work on the Rapid Software Testing course with James Bach, and the fun of playing testing games over several nights in the Lost Bar at the Disneyland Hotel.
September 23-26 A consulting assignment in which I was asked to observe, analyze, and report on my client's testing and development processes. This was a fairly inspiring occasion; one of the first times that I've even seen a development organization make excellent use of metrics. They used metrics for inquiry, not for control; that is, every measurement was assumed to prompt questions rather than to give answers.
September 22 A one-day workshop entitled "Exploratory Testing: Design, Execute, Learn" at the QUEST 2008 conference, Toronto, Ontario.
September 17-20 Four days of onsite consulting for a corporate client in Provo, Utah. This was a refreshing opportunity to present some of the material from the Rapid Software Testing course, but also to have more free-ranging discussions about testing with the company's testers and test managers.
September 16 Six Short Talks About Software Testing, a special presentation for a corporate client in Toronto, Ontario.
September 8-10 Rapid Software Testing three-day course, plus a day of consulting and coaching for a corporate client in Toronto, Ontario. This is the second time this client has had me teach. Clients often use our exercises for interviews and training after the course, so a lot of the participants this time had been exposed to some of our regular exercises, so this was a great opportunity to debut and develop new exercises, or to put a new spin on old ones.

August 2008

August 12-15 When Two Plus Two is Wrong (a half-day workshop) and Numbers vs. Narratives (a keynote address) at the Software Testing Australia New Zealand (STANZ) conference in Wellington, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. I also gave a full-day tutorial, Critical Thinking for Testers, in Wellington.
August 5-8 I presented two sessions at Agile 2008 in Toronto. The first was How Am I Supposed To Act, a half-day workshop on improvisational theatre and performance and how they relate to software development; and Why So Little Questioning, in which I led participants in an exercise on creating Laws of Media tetrads as exposited by Marshall and Eric McLuhan and Mark Federman.

July 2008

July 14-16 I acted as Conference Chair for the Conference for the Association for Software Testing (CAST) 2008. Keynotes included Jerry Weinberg, Cem Kaner, Rob and Anne Sabourin, and Brian Fisher. I also presented Testing and Music: Parallels in Practice, Skills and Learning, which I co-authored with Jonathan Kohl, and assisted Jerry Weinberg at the Tester's Communication Clinic.
July 12-13 The fourth Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, which I co-organized with Fiona Charles (Fiona did most of the heavy lifting this year). This year's topic was Deception and Self-Deception in Software Testing.

June 2008

June 23-25 Rapid Software Testing in a three-day private session for a corporate client in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Nice to be at home for a change!
June 16-18 Rapid Software Testing, a three-day public course sponsored by Sogeti Spain, in Barcelona, Spain.

May 2008

May 27 Six Short Talks about Software Testing, for the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality.
May 19-21 A three-day public session of Rapid Software Testing, sponsored by ENEA in Stockholm, Sweden.
May 18 While in transit to Sweden, I had the good luck to be able to attend LEWT, the London Exploratory Workshop on Testing, a peer conference organized by James Lyndsay (and many thanks to him).
May 7 - 8 Two talks at STAR East: Angels and Devils of Software Testing (with Jonathan Kohl) and Understanding Test Coverage.

April 2008

April 23 I appeared at the inaugural Conference for the Kitchener Waterloo Software Quality Association, where I presented Why I Am Not (Yet) Certified, followed by a half-day Testing Clinic.
April 15-17 The Software Test and Performance Conference (STPCon) in San Mateo, CA. I presented a one-day Rapid Software Testing workshop, and then three track sessions: The Metrics Minefield; User Acceptance Testing; and Exploratory Testing: The State of the Art.

March 2008

March 31-April 3 A three-day Rapid Software Testing workshop for a corporate client in Ronneby, Sweden, followed by a day of hands-on testing work and two presentations; one to managers and the other to developers.
March 18-20 A three-day Rapid Software Testing workshop for a corporate client in Ottawa, Ontario.

February 2008

February 25-29 A three-day Rapid Software Testing workshop, followed by a day of work with small groups of testers, for a corporate client in Istanbul, Turkey.
February 13-15 Rapid Software Testing for a couple of corporate clients in Lund, Sweden.
February 12 In the morning, a presentation on exploratory testing and on heuristics for a group of testers, developers, and managers at a corporate client in Lund, Sweden. In the afternoon, a workshop on exploratory testing, featuring mostly a set of exercises, for some of the testers from the morning group.
February 11 A one-day presentation of Rapid Software Testing for the Norwegian Computer Society in Oslo, Norway.

January 2008

January 18-20 Participated in the Workshop on Teaching Software Testing. Presented a couple of exercises from the Rapid Software Testing course. These exercises engage testers' emotions, curiosity, and inventiveness, which seemed of particular interest to the many of the academics.
January 7-9 Rapid Software Testing—a three-day course, sponsored by the Toronto Association of System and Software Testing.

December 2007

December 19 One day of consulting as follow-up to the Rapid Software Testing course for a corporate client in Mississauga, ON.
December 11-14 Rapid Software Testing—a three-day course, followed by a day of consulting, at a corporate client in Omaha, NE.
December 6 "An Exploratory Tester's Notebook", a track session at EuroSTAR 2007.
December 4 "Why I Am Not (Yet) Certified", a keynote presentation at EuroSTAR 2007.
December 3 A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing—a one-day workshop at EuroSTAR 2007, Stockholm, Sweden.

November 2007

November 28-30 A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing—a one-day workshop at expo:QA 2007, Madrid, Spain, followed by a track session, "When Two Plus Two Doesn't Equal Four".
November 20-22 Rapid Software Testing at a corporate client in Mississauga, Ontario.
November 7-8 Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. I gave a half-day Rapid Software Testing tutorial, a lightning talk on Emotions and Oracles, and appeared on a panel discussion software testing certification schemes (I'm not in favour of the current ones).

October 2007

October 31 Gave a presentation called "Boundaries Abound, Boundlessly"—a talk on boundary testing, co-authored with James Bach—for the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association (KWSQA), Waterloo, ON.
October 30 Live host for a remote presentation by David Platt on Why Software Sucks.
October 29 Gave an Ignite Presentation (a lightning talk) on Emotions and Test Oracles at DemoCamp 15, Toronto, ON.
October 25 Presented Emotions and Test Oracles, a track presentation at the STAR West conference, Anaheim, CA.
October 22-24 Three-day Rapid Software Testing course for a corporate client in Tempe, AZ.
October 15-18 Presented a three-day Rapid Software Testing course, with an extra day of followup consulting with the test leads, for a corporate client in Waterloo, ON.
October 11 A one-day Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing for a modestly-sized corporate client in Redmond, WA.
October 9-10 Presented three papers for the 25th annual Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference in Portland, OR: Two Futures of Software Testing and User Acceptance Testing in Context (two older talks promoted to papers) and An Exploratory Tester's Notebook (a new talk and paper).
October 2-4 At the Software Test and Performance Conference in Boston, MA, I presented a one-day Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing, and three talks—When Two Plus Two Doesn't Equal Four; The Metrics Minefield, and User Acceptance Testing in Context. In addition, James Bach and I practiced rapid software testing on a pair of Web kiosks in the hotel. We found many bugs, including a couple of reasonably serious security holes—and in an effort to be good guys, we informed the provider of those kiosks. Also played mandolin at two Irish sessions in town!

September 2007

September 10-13 Presented a three-day Rapid Software Testing course, and provided a day of coaching and consulting to a corporate client, Halifax, NS.

August 2007

August 28-30 Presented Rapid Software Testing to a corporate client, Cupertino, CA.

July 2007

July 17-19 Presented Rapid Software Testing to a corporate client, Caribou, ME.
July 9-11 Attended the Conference of the Association for Software Testing, Bellevue, WA.
July 7-8 Participant in the Workshop on Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques, Seattle, WA.
July 4-5 Consulting and coaching in rapid and exploratory testing, corporate client, Waterloo, ON.

June 2007

June 24-29 Participated in Jerry Weinberg's Problem Solving Leadership workshop (co-hosted by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby), Albuquerque, NM.
June 22 Presented four one-hour talks (Two Plus Two: Recognizing Oracles and Setting Context; First to Market or First to Fail; The Metrics Minefield; and Numbers vs. Narratives) at Bank of Montreal's Professional Excellence Symposium, Toronto, ON.
June 18-20 Presented "First to Market or First to Fail", a presentation on innovation, at the Better Software Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, NV.
June 14-15 On-site consulting with a corporate client, Montréal, QC.
June 9-10 Content owner with Fiona Charles for the third Toronto Workshop on Software Testing (TWST III), this time on the subject of risk-based testing, Toronto, ON.
June 4-6 Presented Rapid Software Testing to a corporate client in Rome, GA.

May 2007

May 17-18 Presented two Lightning Talks—one on Rapid Test Estimation, and the other on the role of emotion in software testing—at the STAR East conference in Orlando, Florida. Colloborated with James Bach in the early-morning test tutorials—not an official conference offering!
May 14-16 Presented Rapid Software Testing to a corporate client in Fort Pierce, Florida.

April 2007

April 30-May 3 Work onsite with a corporate client in Eden Prairie, MN, presenting Rapid Software Testing, and a day of hands-on and one-on-few consulting before and after the course.
April 17-19 A one-day tutorial on Rapid Software Testing, plus User Acceptance Testing, When Two Plus Two Equals Four is Wrong, and The Metrics Minefield at Software Test and Performance Conference 2007, San Mateo, California, USA.
April 10-13 Onsite consulting with a corporate client, teaching Rapid Software Testing and testing exercises, at home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
April 4-5 The Metrics Minefield, a talk about the dangers of numbers without stories, at Statistics Canada's IT Conference 2007, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

March 2007

March 20-21 A half-day tutorial on Rapid Software Testing; a class on Testing Skills That (Almost) No One Talks About; and another class on An Exploratory Tester's Notebook at the SD West Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, California.

February 2007

February 26-28 Rapid Software Testing three-day course with corporate client in Cupertino, California.

January 2007

January 31-February 2 Rapid Software Testing three-day course with corporate client in Bengalooru, India.
January 31 Presentation on building a software testing community, with a followup presentation on Learning About Oracles, hosted by NDS Software in Koramangala, Bengalooru, India.
January 23-23 Consulting work with corporate client in Waterloo, Ontario, on rapid and exploratory testing.
January 19 Exploratory Testing - The State of the Art—a plenary address for the STeP-IN Forum 2007, Bengalooru, India.
January 18 A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing—a half-day tutorial for the STeP-IN Forum 2007, Bengalooru, India.
January 16 Rapid Software Testing Explained—a three-hour presentation, with questions and answers, for a group of senior testers at a major services firm in Bengalooru, India.
January 9-11 Rapid Software Testing three-day course for TASSQ, the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality.

December 2006

December 12-14 Rapid Software Testing three-day course for a corporate client in Waterloo, ON.
December 8-9 A presentation of "Testing Skills That (Almost) Nobody Talks About" and "Testers as Their Own Worst Enemies", plus a half-day tutorial on Rapid Software Testing at Testing World 2006, a presentation of Thatavarti Technologies and other sponsors in Hyderabad, India.

November 2006

November 30 A presentation of "Two Futures of Software Testing" for expo:QA in Madrid, Spain.
November 27-29 A three-day tutorial on Rapid Software Testing for inQA:labs in Madrid, Spain.
November 13-17 A tutorial on Rapid Software Testing and participation at the 27th Annual QAI Testing Conference, in Orlando, Florida. The conference featured terrific keynotes by Cem Kaner and Jonathan Bach.
November 6-9 Three conference sessions at the annual AYE Conference: a workshop called "Testing: Setting Context and Identifying Oracles"; a presentation on "Geeks and Adders", a board game co-developed by me, Fiona Charles, Mary Alton, and Jill Shefrin that models software development projects; and "How Am I Supposed to Act", a beginners' workshop on improv acting.

October 2006

October 30-November 1 Rapid Software Testing for a corporate client, Montréal, Québec.
October 16-18 Rapid Software Testing for the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association.
October 9-11 Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, Portland, Oregon: Rapid Software Testing One-Day Introduction and an invited talk, First to Market or First to Fail: A General Systems Perspective.
October 2-5 QAI International Software Quality Conference, Toronto: Rapid Software Testing One-Day Introduction and a keynote address, Testing Skills That (Almost) Nobody Talks About.

September 2006

September 27 The Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association, Kitchener, ON: The Metrics Minefield
September 26 The Toronto Association of System and Software Quality, Toronto: The Metrics Minefield
September 24-29 Rapid Software Testing and consulting at a local client here in Toronto.
September 11-14 SD Best Practices, Boston, Massachusetts: Testing Skills That (Almost) Nobody Talks About; Exploring Exploratory Testing; A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing; When Two Plus Two Equals Four is Wrong: What Is The Problem And How Do We Know?
September 2-8 Consultants' Camp, Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado

August 2006

August 12-19 Teaching Rapid Software Testing to a corporate client, Recife, Brazil

July 2006

July 23-28 Two presentations on Rapid Software Testing and Exploratory Testing at the Agile2006 International Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

June 2006

June 28-30 Rapid Software Testing, Public Course offered through inQA.labs, Barcelona, Spain
June 24-25 The Toronto Workshop on Software Testing II (Peer Conference), Toronto, Ontario
June 21-23 Rapid Software Testing, Public Course, Toronto, Ontario
June 16 Four one-hour presentations for an in-house conference, BMO Financial Group, Toronto, Ontario

May 2006

May 29-31 Rapid Software Testing, Corporate Client, Singapore
May 19-21 Workshop on Heuristic and Exploratory Testing (Peer Conference), Palm Bay, Florida
May 18 User Acceptance Testing: What It Is, And How To Do It Better—In Context, STAR East, Orlando, Florida. People here were very kind.
  • Finally, a presentation that recognizes how important it is that everything must be put into context before its value can be understood or judged. Best presentation so far, by far!
  • Loved the humor—very entertaining and good info. Explained ways to look at UAT. I'll be able to use the info to open discussions at work. Thanks!
  • Reminded me again about all the questions I should ask about everyday tasks.
  • Best speaker I've heard here this STAR—more please!
May 9 - 11 Rapid Software Testing, Corporate Client, Toronto, Ontario
May 3 - 5 Rapid Software Testing, Corporate Client, Altoona, Pennsylvania

April 2006

April 27 A (Rapid) Introduction to Rapid Software Testing, QAI Conference, Orlando, Florida
April 25 Exploratory Testing, half-day tutorial, QAI Conference, Orlando, Florida
April 3-5 Rapid Software Testing, South Western Ontario Software Quality Group, Kitchener, Ontario

March 2006

March 27-31 Participant in Jerry Weinberg's Consultants' Workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
March 21-23 Rapid Software Testing Course, Corporate Client, Stuttgart, Germany
March 18 Chaired presentations for plenary sessions, and invited panel member for "Testing: How Do We Stop the Madness?", at STC2006, QAI India, Delhi, India
March 17 Presentations of "Two Futures of Software Testing" and "Testing Skills That (Almost) Nobody Talks About, at STC2006, QAI India, Delhi, India
March 16 One-Day Tutorial on Rapid Software Testing, for QAI India, Bangalore, India
March 14 One-Day Tutorial on Rapid Software Testing, for QAI India, Mumbai, India
March 13 One-Day Tutorial on Rapid Software Testing, for QAI India, Delhi, India

February 2006

February 23 Experience Report on the Exploratory Testing Research Summit to the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association, Waterloo, Ontario
February 16 Introduction to Rapid Software Testing + consulting, Corporate Client, Mississauga, Ontario
February 3 - 5 Workshop on Teaching Software Testing, hosted by Cem Kaner and James Bach, in Melbourne, Florida

January 2006

January 31 - February 1 Exploratory Testing Research Summit, hosted by Cem Kaner and James Bach, in Palm Bay, Florida
January 4 - 6 Rapid Software Testing Course, Board Members of the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality

December 2005

Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company

November 2005

Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
November 29 Rapid Software Testing One-Day Workshop, with James Bach, Toronto, Ontario
November 28 Rapid Software Testing One-Day Workshop, with James Bach, Kitchener, Ontario
November 7 - 10 AYE Conference; assisting Jerry Weinberg with "Using Your Yes/No Medallion" workshop, Phoenix, Arizona

October 2005

Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
October 17 A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing; presentation to the Canadian Information Processing Society, Toronto, Ontario
October 5 - 7 QAI International Software Quality Conference; including presentation of Rapid Software Testing overview

September 2005

Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
September 27 Software Development Best Practices conference; one-hour presentation of A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing, Boston, MA
September 27 Software Development Best Practices conference; one-hour presentation on User Acceptance Testing, Massachussets, USA
September 26 Software Development Best Practices conference; half-day tutorial on Exploratory Testing, Boston, Massachussets, USA
September 7-9 Rapid Software Testing Three-Day workshop; corporate training in Sophia-Antipolis, France

August 2005

 
Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
August 22-August 26 Presentations of Introduction to Rapid Software Testing for the Software Testing Australia / New Zealand (STANZ) Conference, Wellington New Zealand and Canberra, Australia

July 2005

 
Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
July 18-20 Rapid Software Testing Three-Day workshop; corporate training in South Utica, Michigan, USA

June 2005

 
Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
June 18-19 The Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, Toronto, Ontario

May 2005

 
Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
May 11 Presentation to South Western Ontario Software Quality Group, London, Ontario
May 3-5 Rapid Software Testing Three-Day workshop; corporate training in Chennai, India

April 2005

 
Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
April 20-21 Workshop on Exploratory Testing for the Jornada sobre el Testeo de Software (JTS2005) in Valencia, Spain
April 5-7 Rapid Software Testing Three-Day workshop; corporate training in Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

March 2005

 
Entire Month Private consulting and testing work with a Canadian financial services company
March 22 Presentation of "Two Futures of Software Testing" for XPwm, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
March 16-18 Rapid Software Testing Three-Day workshop; corporate training in Sunnyvale, California, USA
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