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.

 

Beautiful Orcas Island, Washington USA

    Rapid Testing Intensive ONLINE
                   with James Bach
                              September 3-5th, 2014

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Registration is closed, Class is full!
If you want to get on the waitlist, email erica@satisfice.com

   

Paul Holland, James Bach, Michael Bolton and Griffin Jones 

  James at StarEast in Orlando along with Paul Holland,
    Michael Bolton and Griffin Jones. Photo courtesy of
    Kristelle Bach Sim.
 

     

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 Testing. My style of rapid 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

2014  

July 07-09
Christchurch, New Zealand
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

July 11
Christchurch, New Zealand
Meeting On-Site with Kira Karlina and Team

July 09-11
Tan Binh District, HCMC, Vietnam
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing with Paul Holland

July 14-15
Tan Binh District, HCMC, Vietnam
Corporate Consulting with Paul Holland

July 13
Christchurch, New Zealand
Tester Coaching Session with Huib Schoots via Skype

July 14
Christchurch, New Zealand
Corporate On-Site: "Rapid Testing Briefing"

July 15-17
Christchurch, New Zealand
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

July 18
Christchurch, New Zealand
Corporate Consulting

July 24
Beijing, China
Corporate Presentation: "State of the Practice in Context-Driven Testing"

July 25-26
Beijing, China
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, 2-day

July 27-30
Beijing, China
Conference: ChinaTest 2014

July 28
ChinaTest Conference, Beijing, China
Half-day Tutorial: "Critical Thinking for Software Testers"

July 29
ChinaTest Conference, Beijing, China
Keynote : "Software is a Side Effect: Your Real Job is Rapid Learning"

July 31- August 1
Beijing, China
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing, 2-day


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