Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. He has over 25 years of experience around the world, testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. He is the co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a course that presents a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure.
For the last 15 years he has led DevelopSense, a Toronto-based consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world.
Acceptance Letter – October 8th, 2015 – Framingham, MA
“I steal jokes all the time, so I’m going to steal another one, this time from Simon Schaffer. It is humbling and gratifying and terrifying to consider an inductive series that starts with Jerry Weinberg, and goes through Ross Collard, Cem Kaner, Keith Klain, and James Bach; of which I am apparently supposed to be the next term. I’m grateful to the STPCon community for this recognition—but especially to all five of my predecessors, from whom I’ve learned so much and received so many other gifts.
When he received this award in 2010, Jerry Weinberg noted what testers do: they help people become aware of things that other people hadn’t noticed. Many people have probably noticed this, but just in case: every winner of this award so far has been an American citizen, white, over 45, and male. Yes; I am a Canadian citizen, and Ross certainly started as a New Zealander, but we all hold U.S. passports. So, in the spirit of noticing things in a wide world, I would remind the testing community to draw its attention to other people, certainly luminaries and leaders, who do not fit into those classes: people in other countries, of other colours, younger, and of whatever gender. If, as a craft, we want excellent testing to be recognized everywhere, it’s important for us to look for it and recognize it everywhere it exists.
Thank you for noticing me and my work. All the best to all of you. — Michael Bolton”