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Lean Coffee at KWSQA

I just ran facilitator’s training at KWSQAConf, where I promised the attendees to provide my slides — both of them! Here you go. They are native to keynote and will probably look best in that format. Slides in powerpoint format Slides in PDF format Slides in keynote format For a more detailed, text-based introduction, you […]

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An Observability Picture by Matthew Heusser, August 2019

On Observability

Imagine, for a moment, that you bought a home door lock. From your phone, you press the unlock button, and wait. Fifteen seconds pass. Thirty seconds pass. At about sixty seconds, you get a pop-up, that your unlock message failed to send. Back in the real world, fifteen seconds later, you hear a snicker-snack as […]

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Custom Software Development

The Future of Maintainability is CI

Perhaps the most influential, and most humbling work in my career has been on Clean Code, by Robert C. Martin, where I was “just” a reviewer. Separating software along clean lines of interface, adding the ability to swap parts out, combined with clean implementation and unit tests allow teams to make truly maintainable software. Despite […]

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The Next Chapter

Nine and a half years ago I wrote a blog post, offering a black-belt test challenge. Markus Gaertner, who I knew of and was about to know well, got heavily involved and asked about the system – what does it mean to be a black-belt exactly? I got my belt from JCPenny, so Miagi-Do was […]

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Vote For Matt – Please?

After a five-year absence from the board I have decided to run again for the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing (AST). As part of that process, I dashed off a reply to a six-question interview that included a biography. That questionnaire was pretty good, but I wanted to expand on my […]

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What We’ve Been Up To At Excelon

It’s been four months since our last blog post. Over breakfast this morning, David Hoppe suggested it might just be time for us to check in again. Matt Heusser’s consulting trips recently brought him to Erlangen, Germany (Where our picture comes from), to work with Seimens, along with a trip to Columbus, Ohio and another […]

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