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.

 



   
   Rapid Software Testing™ Applied *ONLINE*  is broadcasted
           from beautiful Orcas Island, Washington USA

RST Applied: ONLINE
                   with James Bach
                              July 15-17, 2015

Register Now for last RSTA in 2015!
This class fills up fast.
(formerly named RTIO, same class)

 

Top Tweets From James Bach's Keynote at CAST 2014

 

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 Software Testing™. My style of Rapid Software 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

 

2015

May 24-28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Corporate Class: Rapid Software Testing Management

June 06-07
Las Vegas, Nevada
Research work with Michael Bolton

June 08-10
Las Vegas, Nevada
Conference: Better Software

June 09
Agile Development Conference West, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tutorial: Rapid Software Testing for Programmers

June 10
Las Vegas, Nevada
Research work with Michael Bolton

July 15-17
Broadcast from Orcas Island, Washington
Webinar: Rapid SoftwareTesting Applied, ON-LINE with James Bach

August 03-04
Wellington, New Zealand
Peer Conference: Kiwi Workshop on Software Testing #5 (KWST)

August 05-07
Wellington, New Zealand
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by Engel Consulting

August 06
Wellington, New Zealand
Invited Speaker: WeTest MeetUp

August 10-12
Auckland, New Zealand
Public Class: Rapid Sofware Testing, organized by Engel Consulting

August 13
Auckland, New Zealand
Invited Speaker: WeTest Meetup

 


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