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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Prior Events

These events have passed. In some cases, likes contain reference materials, PDFs, etc. Others may contain links to websites Excelon does not control that may no longer be valid. To see what people at Excelon are working on now,  see the upcoming events page. 2017 May 4-5, Agile And Beyond, Dearborn, MI April 19-21, Agile […]

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CAST 2011 Thoughts

I’m in Colorado on vacation, but waiting in a auto shop to get our minivan repaired. Why are we in Colorado? My family is taking the long way home from the Conference for the Association for Software Testing — yes — driving from Seattle, Washington to West Michigan over a couple of weeks. It seems […]

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Trip Report – San Mateo

I just got back from a conference in San Mateo, California, followed by a short stay in Salem, Oregon. Here’s my version of the skinny, in no particular order. (A) STPCon was great. I got to run into Michael Bolton, Rob Sabourin, finally meet Doug Hoffman and BJ Rollison, and make a few new friends. […]

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STPCon Draws near ….

I’ll be spending the weekend (or, at least, a lot of it) prepping for the Software Test&Performance Conference in San Mateo, California. If you’ll be there, please shoot me a note, we’ll find a few minutes to talk and maybe run through some testing challenges. If you can’t make it, I still have something for […]

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WOTD Wins formal support

The Software Division of the American Society for Quality, the Agile Alliance, and the Association for Software Testing are all formally supporting WOTD. At this point, I expect to have have modest amounts available to defray travel expenses. We’re still working on a policy for it, and it will be first-come, first serve basis. So […]

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WOTD – Update

Calvin College is hosting WOTD, and they have offered the website a permanent home – here. This supersedes the original CFP; I’m moving my blog entry to refer to it. Even if you can’t make it, here are some ways you can help WOTD: 1) Blog about it; link to the CFP. (Perhaps for background, […]

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Technical Debt – Workshop

I am pleased to announce the first Workshop On Technical Debt (WOTD) will be held August 14/15 on the Campus of Calvin College in West Michigan. The event is organized by Mr. Steve Poling and myself, and will be facilitated by Mike Kelly, president of the Association for Software Testing. We will hold a social […]

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Greased Lightning (Talks)

Lightning Talks are ten five-minutes talks in a sixty-minute slot. As a speaker, I enjoy them because they sharpen my mind. There’s no time for an introductory joke, no long agenda, no 15 minutes of “body” with 15 minutes of Q&A at the end. Nothing to hide behind. You get to make one point, make […]

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Agile Alliance Test Tools Workshop

Elisabeth Hendrickson recently hosted the Agile Alliance Functional Test Tools Workshop in Portland, Oregon. I am impressed by both the idea and the attendees – Ben Simo, Brian Marick, Gerard Mezaros, Jim Shore … it’s am impressive list. While the stars did not align and I could not attend, the good news is that conversation […]

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See you in San Francisco …

Well, almost. I will be in San Mateo, California, April 15-17th, for the Software Test&Performance Conference. My conference talks will be on “Evolution, Revolution and Test Automation”, “Reinventing Software Testing(*)”, “So you’re doomed”, and, of course, lightning talks. If you haven’t worked with the folks at BZMedia before (the people behind STPCon and EclipseWorld), you […]

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Conferences – IV

First – some errata – In the United States, next Monday is Memorial day, and I am about to take off on an extended holiday. So this may be my last post for a week. Second, I’ve been doing a lot of research lately into the state of the practice of test automation, the state […]

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Conferences – III

So, I was going to blog about all the neat people I met at STAREast – Ben Simo, Dawn Hayes, Susan Herrick, Shrini Kulkarni, Iris Trout, and Dani Almog topping the list. I believe these people are what Cem Kaner refers to as the “Next Generation Test Architects.” Then I was going to blog about […]

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Conferences – II

The thing about international conferences is that they are, well, international. That means that the “offshore menace” that we talk about at the water cooler is sitting in the table across for you. This begs the question: How should I think about offshore development? On the one hand, we’d like to welcome offshore technical folks […]

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Conferences – I

I just got back from STAREast and had an absolute blast. Events like that are beneficial in so many ways. You can recharge your batteries, get new ideas, meet new people, and, often, realize that no, you are not insane – instead, the project constraints are. Just like thevarious 12-step programs, recognizing that is the […]

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