Greetings, fellow testers. Last week, we hosted a number of thought leaders in the testing community as part of the 2nd annual Telerik Testing Summit (Twitter: #TelSum) in Austin, Texas. The event is a free-form peer conference on software development — of which testing is an important part — its current state and possible avenues of improvement. The agenda was developed on the spot and adjusted throughout the weekend, with an emphasis on flexibility. A few tools and technologies were mentioned, but this was very much a broad discussion of people and how they relate to each other, of ideas and suggestions.

I was fortunate enough to attend this year; also from Telerik were Jim Holmes plus Holly Bertoncini, our event organizer. We were joined by Paul Carvalho, Trish Khoo, Adam Goucher, AlanPage, Matt Brandt, Selena Delesie, Matt Barcomb, Jeff Morgan, Marlena Compton, and Chris McMahon. It was great to meet these folks in person, get to know them, and hear their thoughts and insights.

As we gathered on Friday, we papered the walls with extra-large "stickies" and started in with suggestions for topics and deciding how we'd progress. We had many hours of topic-based discussion on Friday.

Many of the participants will be posting their thoughts on their own blogs; some have already begun to do so, and I encourage you to go check them out. I'll be posting some of my observations and thoughts over the next week or so, but I thought I'd start with a list of our topics:

  • Testers' Image, Testing as a Career
  • Dest Design
  • Pairing with Developers
  • the Future of Work
  • Which Metrics Don't Suck?
  • Community Testing Bootstrapping

After a few lightning talks and some small-group discussions (including Jeff huddled with several people talking about Cucumber and how/when to use it effectively) on Saturday morning, we shared book recommendations, worked on a Testing project for Wikipedia, and spent some time closing out to summarize and creating action items. We didn't want our discussions to end as we departed; we all walked out with tasks for improving not only our own organizations but Testing as a whole.


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Steven Vore

Steven Vore

Steven Vore is an Evangelist for Telerik's Test Studio. He has worked in software support and testing for the better part of two decades, and enjoys exploring ways to make software easier to use. He is a fan of movies and music, and can often be found on Twitter as @StevenJV.


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