[2014][K01] What is Context-Driven Testing?

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What is Context-Driven Testing? [2014-K01]

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What is Context-Driven Testing? or What it means to be a Whiskey Priest.


Michael Bolton, DevelopSense, Canada.


In 2001, James Bach, Cem Kaner, Brian Marick, and Bret Pettichord declared the Context-Driven School of Software Testing not as an educational institution, but as a school of thought formed around several fundamental ideas and principles.  Since then, the founders have gone their separate ways, the community has grown, and the ideas have evolved.  Over the years, the crafts of software development and testing have changed, too.  So what is context-driven testing?  Where has it been, and where might it be going? Being truly context-driven is hard, because it requires a diversity of viewpoints, thoughtfulness, reflection, controversy, and debate—even though you might be the only tester on the project, and the debates might be with yourself.  Your context guides your choices, and both of those evolve over time. Michael Bolton has been identified with the context-driven school almost since its inception.  In this keynote presentation, he presents a personal view of the context-driven approach, some of its problems and paradoxes, and why it remains important to the ways in which we all do testing.


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 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 and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure.  Michael has 25 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. Currently, he leads 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.CopenhagenContext-2014_Profile_Michael_Bolton

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