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TestRetreat-Grand Rapids

Excelon Development

Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

TestRetreat-Grand Rapids

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Leader Rate Ended $70.00 $2.74
Early Attender Rate Ended $80.00 $2.99
Traditional Registration Ended $90.00 $3.24

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Build, Test, Fix, Retest.

It's time for something different.

It's  time for a TestRetreat

In the heart of Grand Rapids, on August 1st, you’ll find something different.  A chance to connect with old friends, make new ones, and build the test experience you really need, based on your shared interest, right now.


First we create a one-day open spaces event on August 1st, beginning at 9:00AM and running to 5:00PM.  We place the event at the The Factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the fourth floor of the San Chez building.  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. Take the day to relax, move projects forward (more about that later), build relationships, take a leisurely trip home -- or stick around for other events in the area the following week.

Before the Conference

Every attendee will sign up on the conference wiki, and list what they want to talk about -- their own professional development plan, along with ideas on how we can influence the state of testing as it is practiced.   Each attendee should expect to offer at least one session to host.  Hosts can lead discussion, present, or facilitate.  

The Open Space Format 

Saturday’s “Main Event” will be a full-day open space conference, with a short theme of “Deliberate Practice.”  The longer theme is “Advancing And Influencing the Craft while growing personally and professionally.”  After gathering a list of proposals, the group will conduct a rapid vote, called a dotting exercise, then create the schedule based on interest.

In other words, the attendees will build the schedule they want, in real time, based on our interests.   

The conference center will provide a continental breakfast and snacks throughout the day.  We’ll break for lunch, then regroup and open space for two more hours.  In the last afternoon may break into groups by project, to plan what we will actually do.

The evening is open to teams to go plan and execute on projects.

The event is also the 2015 gathering for the MiagiDo School of Software Testing, but any serious student of test and quality is welcome to apply.

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?


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 and snacks on the first.  Lunch, dinner, and hotel rooms are not included.

Hotel and Transportation 

Walk to TestRetreat from Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for about $199/night, or stay at any local hotel; there are plenty of them.  The conference center is directly downtown from the Grand Rapids Airport and available by cab. We will make reasonable attempts to encourage rideshares, to help people attend religious services, etc.

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Have questions about TestRetreat-Grand Rapids? Contact Excelon Development

When & Where

The Factory
38 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Excelon Development

Excelon Development is a prestige software consultancy that specializes in test and quality.

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