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No Test Cases Required:  Powerful, Credible, Accountable Testing that Finds Important Bugs Quickly


It’s easy for some people to believe that testing is All About Test Cases.  But it isn’t. Testing is so much more than test cases!  

To test is to evaluate a product.  We evaluate a product by learning about it through exploration and experimentation, which includes questioning, studying, modeling, manipulating, observing — and deciding whether the product we’ve got it is the product we want.  To be credible, we must also be able to cover the product with testing, and to describe what we know and how we know it.  That process of investigation, discovery, and reporting might include test cases, but it certainly doesn’t require them.  Indeed, over-focusing on test cases may suppress our ability to find problems that matter, and to investigate the problems we find.

In this talk, Michael Bolton takes a hard look at the testing mission and how we go about it.  As alternatives to test cases, he’ll offer ways to think about planning, coverage, and reporting that can help to refocus testing on its primary goal:  helping people to find problems that threaten the on-time, successful completion of the project.

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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 senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, 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. Before 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.

Upcoming Event March 28, 2017

ISTQB Training and Exam


The March presentation will begin at 6 pm (not 7 pm as previously) and it will be no charge.  We encourage you to attend the presentation and to also join us following the presentation for dinner at our regular published pricing.  But, if for some reason, you can't attend dinner at 7 pm, just come out for the presentation and bring your colleagues.  Please register for the "presentation no charge" and "dinner member or non member rate" as applicable.  We hope to see you there!

Register here ​​

Registration is now Full for Tuesday March 28th Dinner Event