Keynote: The Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant to Say


“I break the software.” “Cannot reproduce.” “We need a week to regress the new build.” “We have to do automation.” “It works!” From time to time, testers say things that they don’t mean, sometimes as a slip, and sometimes as a habit. Usually there’s no malice or intention to mislead, but our clients may be deceived nonetheless. Worse, we can even deceive ourselves.

Words are powerful tools for understanding and clarifying ideas, but like all tools, they must be used skillfully to achieve their purposes and to avoid trouble. In the Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant To Say, Michael Bolton will report on some common expressions and patterns of speech that he considers risky, strange, or silly and he’ll offer ideas for using words more carefully and precisely.

About Michael Bolton

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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 15 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.

Contact Michael at, on Twitter @michaelbolton, or through his Web site,