Rapid Testing Intensive #1 July 2012

Orcas Island, Washington


A software testing practicum experience with James & Jon Bach in July 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.






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




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: erica@satisfice.com



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