About the Authors

The Rapid Software Testing Methodology and course material are developed continually by James Bach and Michael Bolton

James Bach, Satisfice

James Bach, RST Founder and Principal Consultant of Satisfice Inc.
James started as a developer, in 1982. He became a tester at Apple Computer, in 1987. He is a founder of the Context-Driven school of software testing. He popularized the idea of exploratory software testing, in the 90’s, creating the first class by that name. He created and teaches the Rapid Software Testing methodology, and has written two books: Lessons Learned in Software Testing (with Cem Kaner and Bret Pettichord) and a book about self-education called Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar. As consultant James works with project teams and individual engineers to help them plan SQA, change control, and testing processes that allow them to understand and control the risks of product failure, as well as product risk analysis, test design, and in the design and implementation of computer-supported testing.

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Michael Bolton, DevelopSense

Michael Bolton, DevelopSense
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. 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. Prior to 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. In 2006, he became co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing. Since then, he has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries on six continents.

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