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Test Talks Wales

Jan 20 - 6:00pm

Test Talks Wales — Bug#03 Test legend Michael Bolton comes to Cardiff!

We are super excited to be starting off the first Test Talk Wales of 2020 (sponsored by Admiral, thanks Admiral!) by welcoming an absolute Testing Legend to Cardiff all the way from the US!

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. In 2006, he became co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing (RST). RST is a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibility in uncertain conditions, and under extreme time pressure. Since then, he has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries on six continents.

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, where he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world.

A big thanks to Admiral who will be sponsoring the event and providing Pizza and drinks and to the Tramshed in Cardiff for providing the venue for the event free of charge.

Get the date in your diary and we’ll see you soon 😊


18:00: Arrive at Tramshed (thanks also to Tramshed for hosting us!)

Have a chat with some of the other Test Talk Wales attendees, grab some pizza and have a beer (or 2!)

18:30: Talk by Michael Bolton – Testing: Deep and Shalliow

One of the most fundamental questions you can ask about testing is “Did I test that?” But there isn’t a binary answer to that question. We know when we haven’t tested at all, but there is no such thing as infinite testing, so we can’t every test completely. We test in different ways, at different times, in different situations, for different reasons. And so, responsible testers must be able to reason about and assess the relative depth of their testing. How do we do that?

In this talk, Michael Bolton offers some suggestions on how to think about testing depth. That’s not simply about structural depth — “unit testing”, “sub-system testing”, “system testing”, or “end-to-end testing”. Instead, it’s about the thoroughness of testing — and the capacity of testing to find elusive bugs that matter.

The event is open to all:

Although this is billed as a “Test” meet up it’s not just for Testers, it’s open to anyone who wants to come along to hear some amazing talks and interact with some lovely like-minded people. Please do share the meetup details with your friends, workmates or anyone who you think would love to attend.