Rapid Testing Intensive Courses
RTI ONLINE January 28-30, 2013--Registrations are closed!
What is RTI?
This on-line or onsite seminar applies Rapid Testing methodology to testing a specific product. It can be taken before or after the other classes. Some students have found this to be a useful prequel to RST; others have said it's a good follow-on.
Read about Rapid Software Testing #1:
A software testing practicum experience with James & Jon Bach in June 2012
For the first time, many participated in an immersive testing experience, RTI #1, with the Bach brothers: the men who created the Session-Based Test Management and Rapid Software Testing methodologies. About 88 participated online, where it provided an experience to see how the modern theory of testing met practical work.
"We performed real-time test coaching and tested real
software. It was the most vivid, realistic testing experience
that my brother and I could imagine
doing in 5 days" -James Bach
From left to right; Andrew Prentice, Simon Tang, Mark Hrynczak, Thomas Htwe, Leslie Harper, Samson Hendricks, Adam Roy, Thomas Ritter, Erika Bach Good, Rob Sabourin, Amy Jo Esser, Aleksandar Simic, Karen Johnson, Chris Kenst, Susan Ward, Paul Holland, Sunil Kumar SS, Dwayne Green, Kristelle Bach Sim, Jon Bach. In front; Phong Phung, Ajay Balamurugadas, and our fearless leader, James Bach.
|TEST REPORT STATUS:
James is currently compiling the Final Test Report for RTI #1.
He is releasing it in pieces, and the first piece released will be the Usability Survey.
Stay tuned to this page for more updates.
I will email the participants when reports are posted
| Usability Report (TBA)
Day 2 Photos: RTI Continues Testing and Reporting
Day 3 Photos: Another day of Testing plus an added treat from Satisfice...Kayaking!
Day 4 Photos: More Testing and Reporting
Blog Posts from Attendees
My Rapid Testing Intensive Experience...and a Berry Bread Pudding in a Foil Packet Recipe.
A fun experience summary of RTI#1 by Onliner Bernice Ruhland.
Applying the Lessons of Rapid Testing Intensive
Onliner Jeff Lucas's blog post describing his experience with RTI#1.
Two Atlassian Representatives, Andrew Prentice and Mark Hrynczak, were on the floor, in full participation with the group of Testers onsite! We were honored to have them. We used their tools to administer the Intensive, and it helped make the Project a success! Thanks to them and Atlassian for their generous support.
Satisfice Trainer Paul Holland assisted at RTI!
Paul Holland, as mentioned on James' recent blog post, joined us in July! He is a new trainer for Satisfice's RST Class. Paul is a gifted test manager formerly of Alcatel, and is famous for his facilitation skills at context-driven peer conferences. He's the facilitator-in-chief at CAST conferences, and a pillar of the WOPR conference. More on Paul Holland here. Welcome, Paul!
Another Software Testing Celebrity joined the RTI Crew!
Karen N. Johnson is a software test consultant and was onsite to assist with the online participants. She is frequent speaker at conferences. Karen is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Testing by O’Reilly publishers. She has published numerous articles and blogs about her experiences with software testing. She is the co-founder of the WREST workshop, more information on WREST can be found at: http://www.wrestworkshop.com
Robert Sabourin joined us at this event!
Sabourin is the creator of Just-In-Time testing methodology and
a leading thinker in the Context-Driven testing school.
He has more than thirty years
of management experience, leading teams of software development
professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering
community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached
thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at
conferences and writes on software engineering, testing,
management, and internationalization. The author of "I am a Bug!", the
popular software testing children’s book, Robert is an adjunct
professor of Software Engineering at McGill University. Robert
is the principle consultant (&president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc.
"The days were filled with insights, discovery and many great “aha moments”. The evenings were filled with friendly debate about what we were learning about software engineering, what we were learning about testing and most of all what we were learning about ourselves. The camaraderie, conferring and community have led me to a rich career and much continuing collaboration. "
--Rob Sabourin, after attending a Satisfice course.
See entire comment on Seminar
--Rob Sabourin, after attending a Satisfice course. See entire comment on Seminar page.
RTI #1 Event
|When was it:||July 24 -
Tuesday - Saturday
...Welcome Reception on July 23 at 7:30pm and ended at noon on the 28th.
Where was it:
Orcas Island, Washington (or participate online!)
|What was it:||
Nearly all testing textbooks and classes teach testing based on ideas
that are about forty years old. A funny thing about that: we have no
evidence that those ideas worked even then — and yet, the world
is more complicated, today. Traditional testing demands that you test
with a complete spec, assumes you will test every feature in every way,
and expects that you will write out all your tests cases in detail before
you start. Hogwash! None of that is possible, and some of it is actually
harmful even to attempt.
Rapid testing is a skill-based and context-driven testing methodology that invites you to apply ingenuity, tools, and lightweight heuristics to test complex products. It's designed to scale. It's designed to engage your brain, instead of make you feel like a stock clerk at a supermarket. It's a methodology that grew out of the culture of innovation in Silicon Valley.
This seminar was a live test coaching experience run by James and Jon Bach. They trained to "test as you test", just as if someone worked for them in real life. James is the creator and managing author of the Rapid Testing methodology, which he has been developing since the late 80's at Apple Computer, and teaching since the mid 90's. Jon is the Director of Live Site Quality at eBay, responsible for continuously evaluating one of the most complex websites on Earth.
is Rapid Testing and how to use the Testing Story heuristic.
• Why excellent testing is and must be a thoughtful people-centered process.
• How checking (which a tool can do) and testing (which only people can do) are two different things
that work well together.
• How note-taking with tools like Rapid Reporter plus video can help create a comprehensive
record of your work.
• How activity-based test management (e.g. with sessions and threads) can coordinate and
illuminate the work of a test team.
• How paired exploratory testing can supercharge your testing.
|How did the tools help them:||
Confluence to coordinate the
collaboration and gathered the test results from all participants,
both online and onsite. Paid participants received a login to
access testing notes and archives. A dedicated
administrator tracked questions and issues of the online participants
while Jon and James focused on managing the testing itself.
We used Citrix GoToWebinar for daily meetings.
If you were attending online, and were in a different time
zone, that was okay!
We broadcasted two briefings per day which were recorded. If they didn't see them live (approximately 9am and 1pm PST), they could watch them later.
However, they didn't have to watch them at all. The status of the project will continuously be updated in Confluence, to which they will have access.
The instructors were available, as well as the online moderator, to answer any questions they had during the course. No matter what time zone they were in, this event was a true testing experience!
|What did ONSITE registration include?||
Dynamic -5- Day Course
Daily Continental Breakfast
Daily Lunch Meal
Daily Afternoon snack
Tester's Goody Bag (Includes a Moleskin, plus a handcrafted pen bandolier--plus other surprises)
Courtesy of CleverHands.net
A Typical Day on the Course:
• Arrive for Continental Breakfast
• Morning Standup Meeting
• Test Sessions
• Test Sessions
• Daily Debrief and Q&A
• Break for Dinner & Social Time
• Nightly Test Coaching or Lecture
Standup 0900am PST
• Daily Debrief and Q&A 1130am & 430pm PST
• Test Sessions 1000am & 230pm PST
• Submit Test Reports via Confluence and Jira
• Selected Test Reports Reviewed by James or Jon
• Continuous Skype/HipChat Access to Moderator
• Streaming Video (bandwidth permitting)
Oh yes, and they played a game of Testing Dice...
|How did they prepare:||
tested eBay Motors, and were encouraged to
use tools such as
Burp Proxy, browser add-ins, etc.
that assisted in testing.
Although it is helpful to have taken the RST class, it was not required. However, we did recommend that they reviewed the articles and materials on the Satisfice site.
Must have at least one year of software testing experience.
Must be able to speak and write reasonably well
|How much was it:||
Onsite Registration Fee :
Fee was for OnSite Attendance at the RTI; it did NOT include travel and lodging expenses as they are attendees responsibility
(Limit of 100)
Venue & Accommodations:
Rosario is a beautiful historic hotel located on Orcas Island, Washington.
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
(including hotels, restaurants and local happenings)
Sunset Magazine features San Juan Islands...check it out!
Video of Orcas Island Area
"The View from Buck Mountain" a video by James Bach of Orcas Island
How do I get there?
Transportation to/from Orcas Island, Washington:
Orcas Island is a beautiful place to be in the summer! Traveling to and from the Island during this time does require some planning due to the high volume of tourists. Ferry lines can get quite long, so plan ahead!
Once you fly into Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA), you can choose a variety of ways to continue your trip to Orcas Island.
Via Washington State Ferry: Anacortes, WA to Orcas Island, WA
Participants registered for the Rapid Testing Intensive #1:
|Thomas Ritter||SAP AG||Germany|
|Susan Ward||Carbonite Inc.||Massachusetts, USA|
|Ajay Balamurugadas||Fiberlink Communications Corp||India|
|Dwayne Green||1800 Contacts||Utah, USA|
|Adam Roy||Satisfice Inc.||Washington, USA|
|Oliver Bach||Satisfice Inc.||Washington, USA|
|Chris Kenst||Conversive, Inc.||California, USA|
|Amy Jo Esser||ProAssurance||Wisconsin, USA|
|Karen Johnson||ST Consultant||Chicago, USA|
|Sunil Kumar SS||SAP Labs||India|
|Paul Holland||Satisfice, Inc.||Canada|
|Thomas Htwe||Maryland, USA|
|Leslie Harper||EchoStar||Colorado, USA|
|Simon Tang||EchoStar||Colorado, USA|
|Perze Ababa||NBC Universal, iVillage Div.||New York, USA|
|Julianito Abanilla Jr||kgb||Philippines|
|Scott Barber||PerfTestPlus Inc||Florida, USA|
|Jeff Bockelman||Logikos||Indiana, USA|
|Sharath Byregowda||United Kingdom|
|Sarah Chann||Schneider Electric||Australia|
|Teri Charles||Colorado, USA|
|honglian Chen||Schneider Electric||China|
|Colin Conrick||Schneider Electric||Australia|
|Gable Costello||Sun Nuclear Corp.||Florida, USA|
|Mary Csontos||Washington, USA|
|Andrew Dempster||Schneider Electric||Australia|
|David Dixon||Echostar||Colorado, USA|
|Mike Dodge||Logikos||Indiana, USA|
|Oliver Erlewein||Consultant||New Zealand|
|Markus Gaertner||it-agile GmbH||Germany|
|Chris Giovenco||Echostar||Colorado, USA|
|Daniel Gold||California, USA|
|Rick Hoffman||Logikos||Indiana, USA|
|Sirisha Jakka||Minnesota, USA|
|Scott Jamieson||Schneider Electric||Australia|
|Griffin Jones||Congruent Compliance||New York, USA|
|Stephan Kaemper||Stephan Kaemper/IT-Beratung||Germany|
|Graeme Keehn||Attix5||South Africa|
|Rajesh Kovuri||Value Labs||Malaysia|
|Sunil Kumar||Moolya Software Testing||India|
|Raymond Li||Washington, USA|
|Andrew Linder||Logikos||Indiana, USA|
|Alex Lisi||Agfa Healthcare||Canada|
|Jeff Lucas||SecureInfo Corp.||Texas, USA|
|Vittorio Luciano||Echostar||Colorado, USA|
|Georg Lysen||Spright Consulting||China|
|Christina McCumber||NCS Pearson Inc.||Texas, USA|
|Claudette Morell||Connecticut, USA|
|Claire Moss||daxko||Georgia, USA|
|Kyle Nitta||Echostar||Colorado, USA|
|Roan O'Connor||Dialog IT||Australia|
|Heather O'Hearn||Logikos||Indiana, USA|
|Dan Panachyda||Saab Sensis Corp.||New York, USA|
|Louise Perold||Micro to Mainframe||South Africa|
|In Yung Phang||California, USA|
|Amy Phillips||Songkick||United Kingdom|
|Jeremy Polley||daxko||Alabama, USA|
|Zejun Qu||Schneider Electric||China|
|Dhanasekaren Raghunathan||Mindtree Ltd||India|
|Vernon Richards||United Kingdom|
|Carmen Rosado||Logikos||Indiana, USA|
|Frank Rubinsky||New York, USA|
|Bernice Ruhland||ValueCentric LLC||New York, USA|
|Lillian Sancerni||AIMBIS Inc||Florida, USA|
|Roel Delos Santos||Philippines|
|Kyle Schroeder||Echostar||Colorado, USA|
|Thomas Schulze zur Wiesch||Germany|
|Gary Serwinowski||ValueCentric LLC||New York, USA|
|Shaun Shattuck||ValueCentric LLC||New York, USA|
|Christine Shaw||DCS Consulting, LLC||Kentucky, USA|
|Andrew Skelton||Agfa Healthcare||Canada|
|Michele Smith||Maine, USA|
|Jacob Steffes||Echostar||Colorado, USA|
|Jason Strobush||Indianapolis, USA|
|Lorant Suller||bwin.party services (Austria) GmbH||Austria|
|Aman Suri||Schneider Electric||Australia|
|John Tran||Agfa Healthcare||Canada|
|Natasha Vezhnovets||Echostar||Colorado, USA|
|Scott Wilson||Washington, USA|
|Manase Xiong||Echostar||Georgia, USA|
|George Zhang||Agfa Healthcare||Canada|
|Jamie Zhang||Schneider Electric||Australia|
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