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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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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