A Better Thing To Vote For!

Our managing director, Matt Heusser, has been nominated for the Agile Awards again this year – this time in three categories. Most Valuable Agile Professional, Person Who Has Done Most to Promote Agile, and, of course, the one we were expecting, Most Popular Online Contributor. Voting is free from any business email address. The event […]

Read More

Excelon At CAST2016

Can you believe it’s only a week to TestRetreat and CAST? It’s time to talk about some plans. Excelon Development, along with a few friends, is renting a small condominium for CAST; it is roughly two blocks from the Conference Center for CAST. TestRetreat will be at the Best Western Plus Chateau Granville Hotel & […]

Read More

What We’ve been up to At Excelon

There’s been quite a dustup in the twitterverse and the blogosphere over the last couple of weeks. The dustup includes attack, defense, counter-attack and counter-defense. At Excelon, we’ve mostly stayed out of those public debates. Instead, we’ve been quietly working on our own, doing things we didn’t want to announce until they were ready. We […]

Read More

Test Estimation Hacks — Plus An Interview!

If you can’t make  QualityJam, the QASymphony user conference next week, you can still listen to Matt and Justin in the webinar “Test Estimation Hacks“, the week after, April 21st, from 2-3PM Eastern. We’re especially pleased to say that the webinar is about actually estimating the test process – it is not a sales presentation. […]

Read More

TestRetreat at CAST2016

It’s been four years since the Association for Software Testing ran Test Coach Camp as a two-day pre-conference event. Limited to thirty people and by-application, we ran the event using Open-Space Technology, with the attendees proposing and running the sessions they were interested. AST supported the event with a grant to cover food and facilities, […]

Read More

Valid Measures for Mere Humans

“Metrics that are not valid are dangerous” – One of the principles of Context-Driven Testing In Action Over the weekend, I got in another silly argument over the internet. Martin Burns referenced a Rally whitepaper, claiming that teams that used task hours and story points had 250% more quality than teams doing #NoEstimates. At first […]

Read More

TestBash NYC

Testbash New York is November 5-6th . Sadly, it doesn’t look like Excelon will be sending anyone. We won’t have any speakers, no table or booth.  And yet we are coming in to the event at the full sponsor level – not a $250 micro-sponsorship, but a significant amount. Why? Because we believe in what […]

Read More

Interviews Up!

I’ve had a fair number of interviews lately that I put up on twitter; I thought I’d share a few of them here with a little background. Last year, Carlos Ble interviewed me on general testing, while Ananad Bagmar at ThoughtWorks interviewed me on what I was up to lately. Later in the year, the […]

Read More

On TestRetreat

We did it again. On August 1st, a small group of people assembled in The Factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to discover and learn about testing together. It was a blast. I took notes, which are up on the Software Delivery 24/7 Wiki. You don’t need to pay for 24/7 to get a feel for […]

Read More

What is this TestRetreat you speak of?

My friend Carl Shaulis just registered for TestRetreat:Grand Rapids. His blog post on the topic boils down to “I don’t really know what TestRetreat is, but I trust Matt Heusser and I expect I’ll learn something — so I’m going to find out (by going).” That may be flattering, but it’s not quite the kind […]

Read More

Isn’t it time you had a TestRetreat?

“Let’s Twist Again, like we did last summer. Let’s twist again, like we did last year” – Chubby Checker It all started in 2012, on Friday and Saturday before CAST, the Conference for the Association for Software Testing (AST), held in San Jose, California. AST sponsored a two-day open space event called Test Coach Camp. […]

Read More