TestRetreat:New York City
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In the heart of Midtown Manhattan, in the fashion district, on August 9th, 2014, you’ll find something different. A chance to connect with old friends, make new ones, and build the test experience you really need. It’s not a conference ... it is a test retreat.
First we create a one-day open spaces event on August 9th, beginning at 8:30AM and ending around 4:30PM. We place the event on New York’s Famed 7th avenue, on the 15th floor of building 498. Hosted by Liquidnet holdings corporation, TestRetreat:NY will bring bring together the best and brightest minds in Software Testing and perhaps a few from the overall process of software (and value!) delivery. On top of that we have an optional Saturday Night dinner cruise, with no content on Sunday. Take the day to relax, see the sights with friends, take a leisurely trip home -- or stick around for other events in the area the following week.
We’ll start Saturday’s “Main Event” by organizing our thoughts ideas on new ideas -- how to do testing better, how to exlain it, manage it, and maybe even measuring it. You might call this "thought leadership." Our facilitator, Matt Barcomb, will help organize interests and ideas, then we’ll break into small groups to discuss, then present on our ideas. After a short break for lunch we’ll resume in the afternoon in open space format, gathering a list of proposals for topics. After proposals, the group will create the schedule together, based on interest.
In other words, the attendees will build the schedule they want, in real time, based on what we want to talk about now.
The day ends with a retrospective to collect our learnings and an optional evening dinner cruise.
We put the best people in the field in one room – people doing software testing, test coaching, and helping others do it, along with a few experts from related disciplines.
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?
Hotel, Transportation and Other Events
While there is no formal conference hotel, we recommend The Marlton Hotel, next to New York University; expect a train “group” saturday morning and evening at $2.50 per trip. Alternatively, if the Marlton is too high, you might consider The Holland Hotel in Jersey City, which is a 30-minute train ride from liquidnet or Washington Square, and has private rooms on hotels.com from $155. The Chelsea Savoy is also only a few blocks from liquidnet, which advertises rates as low as $99 and is available on hotels.com for $169 per night. Please indicate on your application if you will need transportation, We will make reasonable attempts to encourage rideshares groups, to find rommates, to help people attend religious services, etc.
We are organizing an evening dinner cruise saturday night after the conference. Details to be determined.
Costs and Fees
This event is run by Excelon Development; attendance is limited and time-competitive. The first registrations will be the first served. The conference includes the conference facility fee, snacks and breakfast on the 9th. Lunch, dinner, and hotel rooms are not included. You can stay at the Marlton or anywhere in Manhattan.
The differences in costs are entirely based on registration date.
When & Where
Excelon Development is a prestige software consultancy that specializes in test and quality.