We’re thrilled to have Michael Bolton as the latest victim of our Testing the Limits series. As the founder of DevelopSense, Michael has traveled the world teaching the craft of software testing to businesses and individuals alike. Since 2005, he has specialized in courses on Rapid Software Testing – which he co-authored with James Bach. Michael is also a prolific writer, and his publications include hundreds of articles, essays and columns. Aside from his blog, you can keep tabs on his latest work through Twitter.
In Part I of the “trilogy” we discuss the Weekend Testers, testing abroad, how numbers can enslave managers, and of course, his pop-star namesake.
uTest: You’ve been a thought leader in the testing space for a while now, but people still seem to get you confused with Michael Bolton (the singer) on Twitter. Ever thought about creating a tester alias? Or have you considered asking him to change his name since “he’s the one that sucks.” Assuming you (and our readers) have seen Office Space, I bet this joke never gets old.
MB: Yeah, it never gets old. Try renting a car with this name.
A couple of things on that. First, Office Space captures very well what it’s like to have my name. Second, it’s not his real name; he changed it already. Way back when, before Office Space, I was working in tech support at Quarterdeck Canada. American callers would occasionally turn north when there were long phone queues in Santa Monica. On one call, when I introduced myself to the customer, he laughed. “Really? That’s your real name?” “Yes, really,” I said, expecting one of the usual jokes. He said, “You know, it isn’t his real name. I used to be his bass player.” The singer’s real name is Bolotin, but according to the bass player, there was no hope that radio DJs would ever pronounce “Bolotin” right, so he changed it.
uTest: We recently interviewed your friend and colleague James Bach, who had high praise for a group called the Weekend Testers. Can you give our readers a quick recap of what this group does, and whether or not you’re on board with their testing philosophy?