TestRetreat 2016

TestRetreat 2016 is over!


Build, Test, Fix, Retest. It’s time for something different. It’s time for a TestRetreat.

First, we create a one-day open spaces event on August 6th, beginning at 9:00AM and running to 5:00PM.  We place the event in downtown Vancouver.  We’ll bring together the best and brightest minds in Software Testing; perhaps a few from the overall process of software (and value!) delivery.  On top of that we have an optional Friday dinner, with no content on Sunday.

Since 2012, Matt Heusser has been running Unconferences on the weekend prior to CAST with unofficial AST support. This year, we’ve decided to make the partnership official, truly integrating TestRetreat with CAST 2016. So come to Vancouver a few days early. Work with some of testing’s most serious contributors in a conference that creates emergent value. Take some time to think, to rest, and get to know people Sunday – then attend CAST on Monday, rested and ready to keep going!

Attendance is limited to 50 total attendees; first come, first serve.

Every attendee will list what they want to talk about. Each attendee should expect to offer at least one session to host.  Hosts can lead discussion, present, or facilitate.

Saturday’s “Main Event” will be a full-day open space conference. After gathering a list of proposals, the group will conduct a rapid vote, called a dotting exercise, then create the schedule based on interest.

The event is also the 2016 gathering for the MiagiDo School of Software Testing, but any serious student of test and quality is welcome to attend.

Why Attend?

• We put the best people in the field in one room – people doing software testing, test coaching, and helping others do it
• That group of people will decide on a small handful of things we could do to impact the software community in a wildly positive way
• The format combines a workshop with Just Enough Structure with plenty of unstructured, informal time.  Or bring your own ideas for what to do Sunday!
• We will share our stories, approaches, and ideas about testing
• We will invent and experiment with new testing and coaching practices
• It may involve discussing new, fundamental roles for testers and leaders of testers
• We will discuss, document, and create new ways to influence the state of the practice, as well as projects to move things forward
• How often do you get a chance to sit back and envision your next few years, surrounded by colleagues that can encourage you and offer realistic feedback?


Host: Matt Heuser