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. In 2006, he became co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing (RST), a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. Since then, he has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries on six continents.
Michael has over 30 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For over 20 years, he has led DevelopSense, a Toronto-based testing and development 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.
What's the difference between a demonstration and an experiment? Sounds like philosopher-talk, doesn't it? So why should that difference matter to managers, developers, teams, and... testers?
Alas, in software development, we often call both demonstrations and experiments by the same name: "tests".
In this presentation, Michael Bolton explains the difference, and how scientists (and, yes, philosophers of science) came to differentiate between demonstration and experiment. Of the two, one is designed to show us something that we already know; the other is intended to help us learn things we want or need to know. The difference is crucial because the purpose of testing must not be merely to show that the product can work. We test to learn about the product so that we can understand it better, and address problems before it's too late.
In the second half of the presentation, Kalyan shares insights on how Cigniti is assisting leading enterprises globally including the Fortune 500 in their Software Testing & Quality Engineering initiatives and accelerating their digital transformation.