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TPN Presents: Michael Bolton - Let's talk about Charisma

16 April 2013: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Level 1,
Optimation House 1
Grey Street

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If you look into books and articles and conference presentations on testing, you'll see and hear a lot about capability and functionality. Sometimes you'll notice talk about performance or security. You'll probably observe a good deal less about other parafunctional aspects of quality, like usability, compatibility, or installability. But here's something you'll rarely hear about: charisma.

This idea (by that name, at least) came to the context-driven testing community through Rikard Edgren in his Little Black Book of Software Testing in 2011. Although we might not know how to design a product, through our emotional reactions, we can often identify when there's a problem with a product's charisma.

Join Michael Bolton for an interactive inquiry into what we find appealing-and not so appealing-about software, and how we can use those ideas to sharpen our evaluations of the products we test.

The presentation will be followed by a networking session with drinks and nibbles provided by Assurity.


About The Speaker

Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher. 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.

Michael is a leader in the context-driven software testing movement, with 20 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. Contact Michael at [email protected], or through his Web site,


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TPN wish to thank Assurity for sponsoring the refreshments.


TPN wish to thank Westpac for providing the venue. 


Registration Details:

TPN is a non-profit organisation set up to support all Wellington testing. Confirming attendance at this event is a commitment to attend. Please do not book if you will not be attending.

IITP members and non-members welcome.

NOTE: Please pay $5 at the door

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

Attendance Cost

Please pay at the venue (Details above)

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