Welcome! Satisfice, Inc. is a company founded and operated by me, James Bach. Satisfice is dedicated to teaching and consulting in software testing and quality assurance. Many testing companies consist of business people trying to provide testing services. I'm more like a craftsman who runs a business. What you'll find at this Satisfice website is mainly interesting articles about testing.

 

Top Tweets From James Bach's Keynote at CAST 2014

 

 

Broadcasted from beautiful
Orcas Island, Washington USA

 Rapid Testing Intensive ONLINE
                   with James Bach
                              September 3-5th, 2014

We're Sorry...

Class is sold out!

Rapid Testing Intensive ONLINE
                   with James Bach
                              January 14-16, 2015

Register Here

Rapid Testing Intensive ONLINE
                   with James Bach
                              February 11-13, 2015

Register Here

Paul Holland, James Bach, Michael Bolton and Griffin Jones 

  James at StarEast in Orlando along with Paul Holland,
    Michael Bolton and Griffin Jones. Photo courtesy of
    Kristelle Bach Sim.
 

     

Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar

Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of SuccessSelf-Education and the
Pursuit of
Passion
By
James Marcus Bach


This book demonstrates how to nurture one’s natural curiosities and passions through the whimsical learning process I call “buccaneering”—demonstrating that those who understand this fundamental principle will come to dominate this new world.

James signing "Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar" books at Swiss Testing Day in Zurich, Switzerland.

 

See video of James talking about self-education

Buccaneer-Scholar website

 

Lessons Learned in Software Testing book coverLessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach

Cem Kaner
James Bach
Bret Pettichord

This book is a radical departure from conventional wisdom found in software testing textbooks. Presented in a couple hundred bite-sized lessons, we offer our best ideas and advice for the working software tester. We cover at least four subjects rarely discussed in testing textbooks: thinking like a tester, bug advocacy, interacting with programmers, and test design strategy. more...

 

 



Rapid Software Testing Class Materials:
RST Slides (pdf)
RST Appendices (pdf)

James' Blog:
http://www.satisfice.com/blog

Consulting and Classes

I specialize in thinking about, teaching, and performing testing as a sophisticated thinking art. I am part of a community called the Context-Driven School. Some of the best-known names in the testing field are part of this movement.

I offer testing classes and consulting. My classes are set up to be provocative and experiential. Each class is an exploration of my notes as a student of testing, for the benefit of other students. This is an exciting subject for me, and my goal is to share that excitement; to infect you with it. more...

 

James teaching at Swiss Testing Day in Zurich, Switzerland, March 2012

Rapid Testing Methodology

I call my approach Rapid Testing. My style of rapid testing is tester-centric (as opposed to technique-centric) and is a blend of heuristic testing, risk-based testing, and exploratory testing. Further information about exploratory testing can be found in my article Exploratory Testing Explained.

I've developed a class in Rapid Software Testing. This class introduces you to rapid software testing, a complete testing methodology designed for a world of barely sufficient resources, information, and time.

Based on the principles in the book Lessons Learned in Software Testing: a Context-Driven Approach, this class presents an approach to testing that begins with personal skill development and extends to the ultimate mission of software testing: lighting the way of the project by evaluating the product. more...

James Bach, Founder and CEO of Satisfice Inc

 

Some of our clients have said...

 

“Training your teams by James Bach in his Rapid Software Testing methodology, will be the best software testing investment you will ever make. Period.”

--Keith Klain of Barclays in New York

 

 “This {RST Training} is the best thing I've ever done for our employees' on-going development.”

--Geoff Jamieson of S1 Corporation's Shared Services in Cape Town, South Africa

 

Probably the biggest influence has just been James Bach, a testing consultant and frequent presenter at testing conferences.  He has trained my staff in exploratory testing approaches, which has led to a rework, and demonstrable improvement in our test strategies.  For exploratory testing to be effective, it is crucial to train managers and the rest of the team in this approach.”

--Ian Wells, New Zealand

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

2014  

September 01
Orcas Island, Washington
Interview with Joerg Droege, via skype

September 03-05
Broadcast from Orcas Island, Washington, USA
WEBINAR: Rapid Testing Intensive ONLINE with James Bach

September 15-17
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia
Conference: LET'S TEST OZ, Context-Driven Software Testing

September 18
Sydney, Australia
Sydney Testers Meet-UP

September 15-19
The Bronx, New York, New York
On-Site Training: Rapid Testing Intensive at Per Scholas, instructed by Michael Bolton

September 22-24
The Bronx, New York, New York
On-Site Training: Rapid Software Testing at Per Scholas, instructed by Michael Bolton

October 06-08
Mequon, Wisconsin
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

October 09-10
Mequon, Wisconsin
Corporate Consulting

October 27-29
Brighton, England
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by Rosie Sherry of Software Testing Club

October 31
Brighton, England
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing for Programmers, organized by Rosie Sherry of Software Testing Club

 


(click here to see the whole schedule...)