Rapid Testing Intensive Courses



RTI ONLINE January 28-30, 2013--Registrations are closed!

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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.



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!

Robert 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 page.


Bach Brothers


      RTI #1 Event Detail

When was it: July 24 - 28, 2012     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.

They learned: What 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: We used Atlassian JIRA and 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.

What about
Time Zones?
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
Coffee/Tea Service
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:

Onsite: Online:
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
Morning 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)

Testing Dice!
Oh yes, and they played a game of Testing Dice...

How did they prepare: We tested eBay Motors, and were encouraged to use tools such as Fiddler, 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 in English.

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

Online Registration Fee:
(Limit of 100)

Venue & Accommodations:

Rosario ResortRosario Resort:
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!



"The View from Buck Mountain" a video by James Bach of Orcas Island

Video of Orcas Island Area

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.

Kenmore Air
Via Float Plane (Recommended):
 The Kenmore Air fleet lands right in front of Rosario!

Via Taxi: Orcas Island Taxi

Via Rental Cars from airport,Washington State Ferry
       Rental Cars on Island

Via Washington State Ferry: Anacortes, WA to Orcas Island, WA


Seattle Area Map
Island Map
Directions to Rosario via Google Maps



Participants registered for the Rapid Testing Intensive #1:

Name Company Country
Thomas Ritter SAP AG Germany
Susan Ward Carbonite Inc. Massachusetts, USA
Aleksandar Simic   Germany
Ajay Balamurugadas Fiberlink Communications Corp India
Robert Sabourin Amibug Canada
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
Phong Phung   Canada
Sunil Kumar SS SAP Labs India
Paul Holland Satisfice, Inc. Canada
Thomas Htwe    Maryland, USA
Andrew Prentice Atlassian Australia
Mark Hrynczak Atlassian Australia
Leslie Harper EchoStar Colorado, USA
Simon Tang EchoStar Colorado, USA
Perze Ababa NBC Universal, iVillage Div. New York, USA
Julianito Abanilla Jr kgb Philippines
Anand Badurkar   India
Scott Barber PerfTestPlus Inc Florida, USA
Jeff Bockelman Logikos Indiana, USA
Sharath Byregowda   United Kingdom
Bryan Campbell Fekete Canada
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
Darren Davie   Australia
Andrew Dempster Schneider Electric Australia
David Dixon Echostar Colorado, USA
Mike Dodge Logikos Indiana, USA
Pascal Dufour codecentric Netherlands
Oliver Erlewein Consultant New Zealand
Markus Gaertner it-agile GmbH Germany
Chris Giovenco Echostar Colorado, USA
Daniel Gold   California, USA
Pontus Hallstedt   Sweden
Rick Hoffman Logikos Indiana, USA
James Jahraus Fekete Canada
Sirisha Jakka   Minnesota, USA
Scott Jamieson Schneider Electric Australia
Curtis Jensen Fekete Canada
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
Dean Mackenzie   Australia
Christina McCumber NCS Pearson Inc. Texas, USA
Zoltan Molnar   Hungary
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
Ray Oei   Netherlands
Lheiza Ortiz kgb Philippines
Harles Paesuld   Estonia
Dan Panachyda Saab Sensis Corp. New York, USA
Anit Patel 1-Stop Australia
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
Richard Robinson   Australia
Carmen Rosado Logikos Indiana, USA
Frank Rubinsky   New York, USA
Bernice Ruhland ValueCentric LLC New York, USA
Bahar Salamaty Fekete Canada
Lillian Sancerni AIMBIS Inc Florida, USA
Roel Delos Santos   Philippines
Kyle Schroeder Echostar Colorado, USA
Thomas Schulze zur Wiesch   Germany
Scott Seltzer   Israel
Gary Serwinowski ValueCentric LLC New York, USA
Shaun Shattuck ValueCentric LLC New York, USA
Christine Shaw DCS Consulting, LLC Kentucky, USA
Simon Sheridan   Australia
Andrew Skelton Agfa Healthcare Canada
Michele Smith   Maine, USA
Jacob Steffes Echostar Colorado, USA
Jason Strobush   Indianapolis, USA
Victor Stuiber   Romania
Lorant Suller bwin.party services (Austria) GmbH Austria
Aman Suri Schneider Electric Australia
John Tran Agfa Healthcare Canada
Kristjan Uba   Estonia
Natasha Vezhnovets Echostar Colorado, USA
Scott Wilson   Washington, USA
Manase Xiong Echostar Georgia, USA
Julia Xu Fekete Canada
George Zhang Agfa Healthcare Canada
Jamie Zhang Schneider Electric Australia

Questions? Email: erika@satisfice.com



Upcoming Events



May 01-03 CLASS FULL
Broadcasting from Orcas Island, Washington, USA
ONLINE CLASS: Rapid Software Testing Applied with James Bach

June 12-14 CLASS FULL
Broadcasting from Orcas Island, Washington, USA
ONLINE CLASS: Rapid Software Testing Applied with James Bach

June 23
Bangalore, India
Tester MeetUP: Invited Speaker, organized by The Test Tribe

June 25
Bangalore, India
1 day workshop: "Testing Day with James Bach," organized by The Test Tribe

June 26-28
Bangalore, India
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

July 10-12
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by Improve Quality Services

July 24-26
Broadcasting from Orcas Island, Washington, USA
ONLINE CLASS: Rapid Software Testing Applied with James Bach

August 14-16
Houston, Texas
Corporate Training: Rapid Software Testing

September 04-06
Sydney, Australia
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by test-ed.com.au

September 09-11
Brisbane, Australia
Public Class: Rapid Software Testing, organized by test-ed.com.au

September 24
Bloomington, Minnesota
Tester MeetUp: Invited Speaker, organized by The Nerdery

September 25-27
Bloomington, Minnesota
Corporate Class: Rapid Software Testing

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