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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Springtime in Southern Michigan …

For the past couple of months I’ve been in Michigan, doing consulting/contracting for a local client. Whoever romanticized long-term road trips was wrong; it is nice to be home every night.  (I blame Jack Kerouac). The good news is that I live in the Midwest, and Detroit and Chicago are possible day trips, so I […]

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… And One More Thing

If you can’t wait a week to hear from me, there is other news embedded in the newsletter that you might be interested in. This week I start blogging for NRGGlobal, at NRGGlobal.com/blog – mostly on software performance improvement.  By performance, I mean not the team, but the software itself – web performance testing, monitoring, […]

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Excelon 2012 Newsletter!

It’s December! … and gosh I haven’t been blogging much here lately.  Plenty of articles everywhere else, unconnected and all over the place, but not much here. It’s time I did something about that. That said, I am pleased to announce, for the first time every, the Excelon Development Newsletter!  The newsletter is a simple […]

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i18n Test of the Day

Last year I wrote an article for SearchSoftwareQuality.com on Internationalization (i18n) and Localization (l10n) – the ability to have people user international characters in software, and the ability to change the language of the software based on the customers locale.  (A Free registration is not required, but makes it much more convenient to get the content.) […]

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The New New Thing at Excelon

It’s been an amazing couple of weeks, include a week working from home, a weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a board meeting for the Association for Software Testing, the rest of the week in New Orleans for the Software Test Professionals Conference, and even a little bit of writing. The good folks at CIO.com […]

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Let’s call the calling-off off

There’s been a fair bit of discussion lately on the test-o-sphere about the status and the future of context-driven testing. I believe Scott Barber has provided the best overview, and I don’t have a whole lot to add to the debate, except maybe for this: Did you know that there is an entire non-profit organization […]

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