Vote for Matt!

Recently the Association for Software Testing (AST) announced it’s 2011 slot of candidates for the board of directors. Vote for Matt, get free stuff! Well, actually … sorta. I’ve published a few articles lately that you might be interested in, and they are all here: * Esther Derby gave a keynote at the second ever […]

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Controversies in Software Testing

My article “Controversies in Software Testing” was published in the July Issue of the Testing Planet. The issue is available now to anyone with a print subscription; the PDF will be available as a free download later in July. It’s a ground-breaking issue — the first three articles are written by Markus Gaertner, Michael Larsen, […]

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I’ve been busy … no seriously

Last month I started a new blog called “Unchartered Waters”, for IT Knowledge Insights, on general IT, with a bit of a focus on Software As A Service and Cloud Technologies. Here’s my first seven blog entries: Navigating The Waters On Cloud Adoption Your First Public Cloud – Part I Your First Public Cloud – […]

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Matt Heusser — Running Man.

I’ve been nominated to run for one of the open board of directors positions for the Association for Software Testing. The election will take place August 9th during the Conference for the Association for Software Testing. Anyone who is a member one month prior to the election (and has internet) can vote. That means that […]

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New Articles Up – And Plenty of Them!

I was looking at my personal wiki right now, and noticed that the ‘submitted’ category seemed far too large. It was; a number of my submitted articles are now published. Here’s a quick list: InformIT.com:Barriers to Scrum AdoptionPainless Process Improvement SearchSoftwareQuality.com:Configuration Management: Does your team have enough?Defining Configuration ManagementEmbedded Agile with Nancy Van Schooenderwoert: An […]

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More publications, new blogging, and … the cloud

As of last week, I’ve started a general IT blog for the folks at ITKnowledgeExchange. I’ll be writing about the cutting edge of IT applications — Web Services, Software As a Service, Cloud Technologies, and other “hard” topics in technology … along with the consequences and people issues of those “hard” technologies. While I expect […]

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Quality at Ford Motor Company

This month’s ASQ Influential Voices Post is from the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Specifically, it’s an interview with Bennie Fowler, Ford Motor Companies Second-ranked executive for quality. Yes, Bennie is the highest executive with the word “Quality” in his title, but I continue to hold that the CEO is always the chief […]

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On Testing Standards

On the TV Show “Phineas and Ferb“, the menu for Slushy Dog has not changed since the story opened in 1929. When asked about it, Jeremy replies: “I know. It’s awesome right? It’s our motto. Slushy Dogs will never get any better.” The comparison to standards in testing is an exercise for the reader. But […]

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Model-Driven Testing Dustup

Last week, Alex Knapp, a general technology blogger for Forbes.com, ran a short article on model-based testing. I took a fair bit of issue with the article, and called him on it. I must say, I was impressed with Alex’s response. First, he followed up his summary post with an interview with a little more […]

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Two Schools of Macro Economics

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the Schools Concept for Software Testing, generally based on Brett Pettichord’s 2003 presentation at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference. Cem Kaner has a good blog post on the subject, and Brett has continually revised and re-presented his talk. One of the things I hear often is […]

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The Past Through Tomorrow

(With apologies to Robert A. Heinlein) Strictly speaking, predicting the future isn’t just hard — it is impossible. Yet predicting the future is something testers are called on to every day, with so simple a question as “will the customer be happy with this version of the product?” For that matter, is something project managers […]

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Enough

For the past several years, whenever I work with something and things go … odd … I remember it. Often I will go to a peer I respect and tell them the story, as a sort of “Gut Check.” One of the common responses I get, when I do mention names, is “Well, Matt, you […]

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And now … more articles!

I’ve been busy writing and interviewing the last several weeks, and the articles are starting to come through the pipeline. Let’s see here … * 25 Agilists to Follow on Twitter, my stab in the dark at twenty-five people to look into — and why! * Building a Better Build System”, an interview with Peter […]

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At Liberty

My six-year-old daughter, Rachel, likes to go for walks in the woods. To be specific, she likes adventures. Given a choice between a nice, clean, well-maintained trail and the brush and brambles, she will pick the hardy woods every time. It seems that, to her, adventures must be hard, must be challenging. To her, In […]

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Get Your "They Live" On

As the old saying goes, there are two ways to make money. When selling salami sandwiches, sure, you could improve your marketing, expand, experiment with better flavors, and try to make better things … or you could slice the salami more thinly, thus getting more sandwiches for less cost. Sure, with the second way, you […]

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Quality Metrics (…and other Fine Myths)

When I look at our North American (or at least developed nation) public systems, I am, well … sad. Education, Health Care, Government, pick any area of public life and you are likely to see waste, declining performance indicators and increasing cost. It seems strange. For twenty-five years we have had this resounding gong of […]

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