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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Saying Goodbye to a Giant

“If in your working hours you make the work your end, you will presently find yourself all unawares inside the only circle in your profession that really matters. You will be one of the sound craftsmen, and other sound craftsmen will know it. This group of craftsmen will by no means coincide with the Inner […]

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What We’ve Been Up To At Excelon

For about three years I published two articles a week, every week, on the old Creative Chaos blog. In 2008 we moved Creative Chaos to be the blog for Software Test Professional, and I continued two per week, ending up with some podcast and one article – for two more years. (You can go to […]

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The Lean Test Canvas

Here’s a simple exercise: Ask the team what “better testing” would like, then contrast that with how management and customers reply to the same question. The question points out a difference – a disconnect. That disconnect means that the team is climbing a ladder that is leaning against the wrong wall. In the business world […]

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