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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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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