Rapid Testing Intensive  *ONLINE* July 22-23 2013



A software testing experience with James Bach

This on-line seminar applies Rapid Testing methodology to testing a specific product. Broadcasting from Orcas Island, Washington, James will lead students through a real-time, hands-on testing experience including testing topic discussions and student work reviews. It can be taken before or after the other classes, like RST or xBTM. Some students have found this to be a useful prequel to RST; others have said it's a good follow-on.


When is it:

July 22nd - 23rd, 2013   Monday - Tuesday 9am-3pm PST
                    General Agendas (PST)
9-1030am  Webinar and Assignment
1030-1045am  Break
1045am-1215pm  Student Work
1215-1230pm  Break
1230-130pm  Webinar to Review Student Work
130-200pm  Break
200-300pm  Webinar and Close

Where is it:

ONLINE COURSE broadcast from Pacific Time Zone on Orcas Island, Washington

What is it:


Nearly all testing textbooks and classes teach testing based on ideas that are about forty years old. A funny thing about that: we have no particular evidence that those ideas worked even then — and yet, the world is more complicated, today. "Traditional testing" demands that you test with a complete spec, assumes you will test every feature in every way, assume that all important bugs are easy to find in the test lab, and expects that you will write out all your tests cases in detail before you start. Hogwash! None of that is possible, and some of it is actually harmful even to attempt.

Rapid testing is a skill-based and context-driven testing methodology that invites you to apply ingenuity, tools, and lightweight heuristics to test complex products. It's designed to scale. It's designed to engage your brain, instead of make you feel like a stock clerk at a supermarket. It's a methodology that grew out of the culture of innovation in Silicon Valley.

This seminar is a live test coaching experience run by James Bach.  He is the creator and managing author of the
Rapid Testing methodology, which he has been developing since the late 80's at Apple Computer, and teaching since the mid 90's.

You will learn:

• What is Rapid Software Testing, and why excellent testing is and must be a thoughtful people-centered process.

• How to jump into a product and find bugs while you learn all about it, while working toward "deep coverage" testing.

• How to use guideword heuristics to deepen your product analysis.

• How note-taking and recordings can improve your credibility.

• How activity-based test management (e.g. with sessions and threads) can coordinate and illuminate the work of a test team.

• How to use a three-list test strategy: product coverage outline, risk list, test activity list.


• How to organize amateur or part-time staff to create an ad hoc team to find bugs fast.


How will tools
help you:

We use Atlassian JIRA and Confluence to coordinate the collaboration and gathered the test results from all participants. Participants will receive a login to access testing notes and archives. A dedicated administrator will track questions and issues of the online participants while James focuses on managing the testing itself.


We will use Atlassian's HipChat tool, all throughout the day, with a webinar at the beginning and end of each day using Citrix GoToWebinar.


What about
Time Zones?

If you are in a different time zone, that's okay!

We will broadcast three webinars per day which will be recorded. If you don't see them live (approximately 9am, 1230pm, and 2pm PST), you can watch them later. The briefings will be 60-90 minutes long. We will also be available via Hipchat, to some degree, outside of those times.

However, you don’t have to watch them at all. The status of the project will continuously be updated in Confluence, to which you will have access.

The instructor is available, as well as the online moderator, to answer questions you have during the course. No matter what time zone you are in, this event will be  a true testing experience!

How will you prepare:                  

We will be testing a real product. You might find that using tools such as Fiddler, Burp Proxy,
browser add-ins, etc. will help. If you want to practice testing using tools, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with any tools you wish to use prior to the event.

Although it is helpful to have taken the
RST class, it is not required. However, we do
recommend that you review the articles and materials on the Satisfice


You need to know how to write a bug report.

You should be comfortable with computers.

You need to be able to write reasonably well in English.

How much is it:

Early Bird Registration
February 11th  - June 17th, 2013                                                           


Regular Bird Registration

June 18th - July 12th, 2013







Questions? Email: erica@satisfice.com



Upcoming Events



July 09-13
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Corporate On-Site Training

July 11
Omaha, Nebraska
Tester MeetUP: "When Animals Test"

August 22-24
Sydney, Australia
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing

September 12-14
Broadcasting from Orcas Island, Washington, USA
ONLINE CLASS: Rapid Software Testing Applied with James Bach

September 19
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Corporate Testing Symposium: Invited Speaker

September 26-28
Seattle, WA
PUBLIC CLASS: Rapid Software Testing 4.0 with James Bach & Michael Bolton

October 10-12
Porto, Portugal
Corporate Class: Rapid Software Testing

October 15
Malmo Live Congress, Malm, Sweden
Public Workshop: "It's Not About Test Cases: Learn To Think Like A Tester" organized by tretton37

October 18
Linkping, Sweden
DevLin2018: Invited Speaker

October 19
Linkping, Sweden
DevLin2018: 1-day Workshop

October 24-26
Tartu, Estonia
Public class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by Celeg Hannas




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