Next MMTMD is coming July 7!

When: Sunday July 7 2013
6:30pm to 7 – pizza provided by Excelon Development
7 to 8ish – presentation
8ish to ? – drinks somewhere nearby
Where: TechSmith Main Conference Room, 2405 Woodlake Dr, Okemos MI, 48842
What: Paul Holland on “Some things you should know about your brain” plus “Bad metrics”

Update: Register here:

Paul will talk about some insights he gained from the book “Your Brain at Work” by David Rock on how your brain reacts when under stress and when dealing with people. He will also talk about what characteristics he feels make many of the commonly used testing metrics bad. He will review how he used to plan testing and report on test progress which avoided the use of bad metrics while he was at Alcatel-Lucent.

Paul Holland is an independent consulting tester and teacher at Testing Thoughts ( He has over 17 years of hands-on testing and test management experience, primarily at Alcatel-Lucent. Paul has been consulting and delivering training for the past 5 years. He teaches the Rapid Software Testing course for James Bach’s company, Satisfice ( Paul has delivered training to companies such as Intel, Intuit, Progressive Insurance, HP, RIM and General Dynamics.

During his time at Alcatel-Lucent he led a complete transformation of the testing approach for two product divisions making them more efficient and effective. As a test manager and tester he focused on exploratory testing, test automation, and improving testing techniques.


First MMTMD Complete!

Thank you to all that attended the first ever Mid-Michigan Testers Meet Down and made it a success!

We had 5 great Lightning Talks:

  1. Phil Kirkham (@pkirkham) with Value – And Cost – Of A Good Tester
  2. Erik Davis (@erikld) on Starting a User’s Group (Which I haven’t really yet.)
  3. Jess Lancaster with Testing in Education
  4. Wade Stevens (@gelgamek) on Lean Defect Reporting
  5. Clint Hoagland (@vsComputer) with From Waterfragile Toward Agile: Lessons Learned On An Evolving Team

And then a game of Battleship with Matt Heusser (@mheusser), giving us all something to think about with regards to the cost vs. benefit of automation.

Special thanks go out to TechSmith (@TechSmith, for their great volunteers, the use of their awesome space, and of course the never-ending beverages available.

Thanks also go to Association for Software Testing (@AST_News for sponsoring the event and providing for the food.

A recap of the announcements slide:

  • TUGSEM Tester User Group SE Michigan
  • GR Testers
  • Agile Conference, August 5-9, Nashville, TN
  • TestRetreat, August 24, Madison WI
  • CAST, August 26-28, Madison WI

Please watch this space, or follow us on twitter @MITestersMeet, for the possible next MMTMD!

MMTMD team:

Hilary Weaver (@g33klady)

Jess Lancaster

Matt Heusser (@mheusser)

Phil Kirkham (@pkirkham)