Creative Chaos

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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More Events and Conference Coverage

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, with client work, the Agile Alliance Technical Conference in Boston, then, right on it’s heels, Agile and Beyond in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And, of course, there are articles. The Technical Conference Coverage piece is not out yet, but the folks at TechBeacon have published my Top Five Takeaways From […]

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Road Trips and Hitchhikers

The Agile Alliance Technical Conference, or AATC, will be April 19-21 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA. Of course, Excelon will be there. And, for once, we’re going to drive. That means a road trip from West Michigan. We could go through Detroit, Kitchener, Rochester/Albany/Buffalo. Or we could take the southern route, […]

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