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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Announcing Software Delivery 24/7

“Matt, you should stop talking about other tech communities and just build your own. If you built it, it would be good, because it would be yours, and you follow through.” – James Marcus Bach, Author, Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar James said that on August 5, 2014. We got started the next day. Is […]

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Excelon is hiring!

It’s been a little over a year since I wrote Tomorrow’s Excelon Development, the little article that hinted about what Excelon might turn into … someday … and how we were going to try hard to keep our integrity along the way. Since that time we’ve executed on a couple of placements and a handful […]

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A Time Away …

Our latest event, TestRetreat, is coming to New York City August 9th. Not just New York City, but 7th Avenue, in the fashion district. That is the same location that hosted WOPR, the Workshop On Performance and Reliability, and had a recent profile on CIO.com. Limited to forty attendees, TestRetreatNYC is a one-day, Saturday event […]

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CAST plans, anyone?

This years Conference for the Association for Software Testing, CAST, is August 11th-13th in New York City, at New York University (“NYU”) on Washington Square. The problem? There is no official conference hotel. Suddenly you’ve got to find a place that you can walk to the conference center, or else figure out public transportation. You’ve […]

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Consider the Lowly Calculator App …

Yesterday, Ben Kelly, the most famous context-driven tester in Japan(*), tweeted a link to a reddit where (apparently) a programmer was asking for help testing a website. He couldn’t possibly test it in time and wondered if Selenium would help. Here’s what Ben tweeted: Ben was concerned the whole post was a troll – 15 […]

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New Podcast (and WHOSE CFP!)

Thomas Cagely recently interviewed me for the Software Process and Measurement Podcast. We talk about the ‘death’ of the testing, the role of the testers, the misunderstanding of that role, the difference between what a tester does and what ‘test automation’ does … it’s a fun time. It’s about a 30 minute interview; you can […]

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Miles to go before I sleep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.    But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep – Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening August was probably the single most busy travel month of my life, with more to come. Here’s the rundown: July 31st I said goodbye […]

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Whose Workshop is it, anyway?

This summer I’ll be coordinating TestRetreat, a one-day retreat with a goal of launching major new initiatives for the software testing world. That said, I’d like to tell you about one of them – creating a skill-inventory – a simple document that links testing ideas to references to go learn about them. One with ideas […]

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Tomorrow’s Excelon Development

Johanna Rothman, the famed consultant, author, and former Agile Conference Chair, just put out a blog post called The Company Doesn’t Love You. It is probably more important to your career than this one; go read it. If you are still here, and still have time, I hope you’ll permit me to talk about my response […]

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The Big, Big, BIG News!

It has been an incredibly busy few months for me. The first, largest, and happiest announcement I have is that TestRetreat is finally a go – August 24th in Madison, Wisconsin, this one-day open-space event will be /the/ event to recharge your batteries, get to know the top of the field, and make your plans […]

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A Good Thing

I’ve developed a new habit of starting lecture presentations with an audience self-assessment. Basically I tell the audience what I will present, and, if they already know it, invite them to leave. Why?  The gift of an unexpected hour is perhaps, the most valuable thing I can give, certainly more valuable than an hour of […]

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