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.

 

NEW ONSITE CLASS FROM SATISFICE

"Reinventing Testers" with James & Jonathan Bach     May 16-18, 2016     ONSITE Orcas Island

Registration is now open for this new and innovative course held on beautiful Orcas Island, Washington, USA

Next ONLINE RSTA CLASS...

Rapid Software Testing Applied Online with James Bach   August 17-19th, 2016 

                  This class is filling up, register now to get a spot!                         REGISTER HERE

Listen to this episode of STP Radio –
       An Interview with James Bach on RST


   Here is your chance to participate in the only PUBLIC RST class James will be teaching
    in the US for 2016.  Sign up now !


    Register for May 9-11, 2016 in Charolotte, North Carolina, USA

 

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 Software Testing™. My style of Rapid Software 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

 

2016

 

April 19
Stockholm, Sweden
Lunch Meeting with Magnus Holmqvist

April 22
Zurich, Switzerland
Invited Speaker: Tester MeetUP

April 22
Zürich, Switzerland
Meeting with Alek Simic

April 25-27
Zürich, Switzerland
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing with co-instructor Michael Bolton, organized by House of Test

May 02-05
Orlando, Florida
StarEAST Conference

May 02
StarEAST Conference, Orlando, Florida
Full-day Tutorial: A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing

May 09-11
Charlotte, North Carlolina, USA
Public Class : Rapid Software Testing, organized by Software Test Professionals

May 16-18
Rosario Resort, Orcas Island, Washington
Public Class: "Reinventing Testers" with James and Jonathan Bach

May 19
Orcas Island, Washington
Whale Watching Trip for ReInventing Testers class


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