Be Careful what you wish for …

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately. A few great, interesting, cool things that are swamping me right now – – Jim Brosseau’s Book, “Taking Ownership”is completely through the greenlight stage and moving to publication. Yaaay! – I’m speaking at the Grand Rapid’s Java User’s Group on Tuesday the 18th of September. They literally […]

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Something old …

I just got back from the wedding of a collegue. In that spirit, I am reminded of the talk I gave last year at the Indiana Quality Conference – something James Bach recently refered to as a “Kick-Ass Podcast.” (No really, his words, not mine.) It’s at the very bottom of the stack for Creative […]

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Conferences – V

I promised to detail my strategy to start attending conferences. Actually, it’s pretty simple. 1) Get involved in a local user’s group. Meet colleagues, discuss ideas, help other people solve their problems, give presentations and/or join the leadership team. If you don’t have a local user’s group, found one. (No, it is not that hard […]

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Tutorials and Training

In a response to my blog post on training, Mark wrote: I would worry more about the thrashing effect of a developer testing course which did not focus on a specific developer tool set. Choosing a specific tool set allows the teacher to remove many variables from the discussion so they can rapidly teach concepts […]

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Lightning Talks Wrap-Up

Just a quick after-action review from STAREast — Overall it was a great experience. Alan Page has his lightning talk up on-line in English Prose; Michael Bolton has his as a powerpoint (look for his May 27 Post), and I integrated mine into the post Conferences II. One thing I tried this year that was […]

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Lightning Talk Mojo – I

Breathing readers of Creative Chaos know that I am facilitating Lightning TalksatSTAREast 2007 – astute ones realize that I am a genuine fan of the concept. I would like to tell you why. This year, I’ve been doing a good bit of back and forth with the lightning talk speakers – encouraging them to turn […]

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Upcoming Workshop

I will be running a small private workshop next month – about public speaking – for new speakers. That’s right; I am giving a talk on how to give a talk. If you are interested in a pilot or peer review, shoot me an email.

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Indy Trip Report

Last month I made it out to Indianapolis for a meeting of the Indianapolis QA Association and a short course on software requirements. Sadly, I tried to make the event a working vacation, which meant I had not quite enough time to spend with technologists, yet also not enough time to really spend with my […]

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Way Over Book-ed …

I know, the past few months haven’t provided the typical Creative Chaos output. So, here’s what I have been doing – 1) Evaluating Submissions for Lightning Talks at STAREast this year – which I hope to announce this week.2) Preparing for a private workshop in Orlando, in May,3) Working on a pre-publication book review for […]

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Conference Presentation Idea …

Secrets of Enterprise DevelopmentWhat can we learn about Project Scheduling from Mr. Scott? Security from Mr. Worf? Architecture from Data, Engineering from Geordi, Analysis from Spock, and Leadership from Kirk? Borrowing from human psycology and using Star Trek as a backdrop, Matt Heusser will cover the mythology of software development, and what happens when you […]

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Teaching ‘Agile’ Testing

Elisabeth Hendrickson recently posted a request for feedback on teaching agile testing. I liked the question so much that I wrote up a long reply; so long, in fact, that goes better as a blog post than a blog reply. The tone is even more informal than a typical blog entry for me, but I […]

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Solid presentation advice …

Suggestions and Examples of What Not to Submit 1. Attendees are paying to take classes—they don’t want to hear a sales pitch, no matter how thickly veiled. Please do not submit classes that feature your product or describe problems that happen to be solved by your products. Attendees and the conference organizers are equally skeptical […]

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Blue Man Group – I

First, some background. I submit that there are currently two very big extremes in the world of software conferences: Death by Powerpoint and Open Spaces. The Death By PowerPoint Conferences involve going to see eight speakers a day read a list of bullet points off of slides. Now and again you’ll see a metric. The […]

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Presentations – III

For some time I’ve been trying to put together a post about the Blue Man Group – the seven-city theatre production that is, well … unique. I recently saw Blue Man in Chicago, and it is an amazing combination of theatre, art, audience interaction, and improvisational comedy that creates a shared experience. And yes, I […]

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