The Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant To Say

 "I break the software."

"Cannot reproduce."

"We need a week to regress the new build."

"We have to do automation."

"It works!"

From time to time, testers say things that they don't mean, sometimes as a slip, and sometimes as a habit. Usually there's no malice or intention to mislead, but our clients may be deceived nonetheless.  Worse, we can deceive ourselves.

Words are powerful tools for understanding and clarifying ideas, but like all tools, they must be used skillfully to achieve their purposes and to avoid trouble. In the Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant To Say, Michael Bolton will report on some common expressions and patterns of speech that he considers risky, and he'll offer ideas for using words more carefully and precisely.

There will be plenty room for discussion!

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton is a software tester, consultant, and trainer with 20 years of experience around the world, testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. He is the co-author (with senior author 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. Currently, he leads DevelopSense, a Toronto-based consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which I managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world. Contact Michael at, or through his Website,


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