James Bach - TF 2023

TestFlix 2023 - James Bach

'TestFlix 2023' - Esteemed Speaker

James Bach

CEO and Principal Consultant at Satisfice, Inc.

Atomic Talk Title: ChatGPT Sucks at Testing


Certain LinkedIn influencers are telling us that ChatGPT has disrupted “manual testing” and that everyone will have to incorporate ChatGPT into our work or else be ground to bits under the wheels of progress.

They are wrong. ChatGPT and similar tools are both practically and conceptually incapable of testing. In this short talk, I will tell you why.

Yet, we testers cannot ignore ChatGPT– not because ChatGPT MIGHT help us test better– but rather because many managers and developers will expect us to use ChatGPT EXTENSIVELY for testing. Therefore, we have to know enough about it to explain why depending on ChatGPT for testing is a very bad practice.

Talk Takeaways

  • Why some people think ChatGPT can test.
  • Fifteen syndromes that disqualify ChatGPT.
  • A few ideas about how to use ChatGPT safely to help you.

Speaker Bio


James Bach has been in the tech field for 40 years. He’s been testing professionally for 36 of those years. He is the creator of the Rapid Software Testing methodology and teaches online classes in testing. He is an author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing, and wrote Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar.

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