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Speaking at Houston Tech Fest 2019

I’ll be speaking at Houston Tech Fest 2019 this Saturday, Sep 14. I always have a time giving talks out there, hanging out with folks I’ve known for a long time, and meeting new people.

Here are the two talks I’ll be giving this year…

How to Break into Public Speaking

Do have an opinion? Ever considered public speaking? If that thought spooks you, join me and Daniel Scheufler at this year’s Houston TechFest. We’ll share with you our secret sauce for breaking into public speaking!

Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to an Integral Part

Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?! This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

I hope to see you there!

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Speaking at the AgileShift Conference in April

I’m going to be speaking at the AgileShift Conference in April!

I’ll be delivering my current favorite talk, for which I’ve been receiving great feedback from people who have seen it (ranging from software developers, QA, business analysts, product owners, etc.):

Testing in Agile: From Afterthought to an Integral Part

Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?! This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

I hope to see you at the conference! 🙂

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Speaking at the HDNUG tonight!

I’m speaking at the HDNUG tonight! The User Group is hosted at Improving Houston. I’ll be delivering my current top favorite talk out there:

Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to an Integral Part

Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?!

This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

Those who have seen this talk before have been saying it’s a great talk for both developers, as well as QA, Business Analysts, Produt Owners… and I agree with them. 🙂

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Speaking at the Houston Tech Fest this weekend!

I’m speaking at the Houston Tech Fest this Saturday, September 29. This is a great free conference, which started way back in 2007, and I’ve had the honor to speak there every time when I was in town.

I’ll be delivering the following sessions:

  • Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to Integral Part
  • Beyond the Daily Stand-up: An Intro to Scrum
  • Web UI Testing? Yes You Can!
  • Becoming a Better Developer – Part 1
  • Becoming a Better Developer – Part 2

Yup, I’ll be busy most of the day! 🙂

Looking forward to seeing some of you out there.

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Speaking at the Houston Scrum Users Group

Improving Houston has picked up the torch and is bringing the Houston Scrum Users Group back to life, and I have the honor to deliver the first talk of this comeback on May 15!

I’ll be giving my most recent talk, as below:

Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to Integral Part

Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?!
This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

Please RSVP on the link below:

https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Scrum-Users-Group/events/250467740/

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Speaking at the Spring Houston Tech Fest on May 5

I’m speaking at the Spring Houston Tech Fest this May 5. I’ll be doing the following sessions:

  • The Software Doesn’t Work? Rewrite it!
  • Code Review: I Mean No Harm!
  • Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to Integral Part
  • Beyond the Daily Stand-up: An Intro to Scrum

I look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Speaking at the North Houston .NET User Group on April 19

I’ll be speaking at the North Houston .NET User Group on April 19 at 6:30pm. Here’s the session info:

Becoming a Better Developer

This presentation is filled with tips and tricks for you to become a better developer, including teaching developers to think more business and less technical, how to think about writing tests, TDD/BDD, and much more.

I hope to see some of you there!

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Speaking at 2018 ALN Conference

I’m happy to let you know I’ll be speaking at the 2018 ALN (Agile Leadership Network) Conference in Houston, on April 21. Here’s the topic that got selected:

Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to Integral Part

Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?!
This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

This is a new talk I’m putting together and I’m very excited I’ll be presenting it soon.

You learn more about the conference in the following places:

ALN Conference Website
ALN on Twitter
ALN LinkedIn Group

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Speaking at Houston Tech Fest 2017

I’m speaking at Houston Tech Fest this weekend. I always have a great time there so I always look forward to it. I’ll be giving the two talks below. If you attend to my sessions, please click the “link for feedback” for the session you attended and give me your feedback so I can work on improving it.

Be a Professional Developer and Write Clean Code (Keynote)
9:30-10:30am (Room 300)
Professional developers must write the best code possible, given what they know and what they have at the moment of writing. After a while, we may look at that code and wonder “wow, what was I thinking?”, and that’s a good thing: it shows we have improved. This session is about my observations regarding code I either wrote or had to work with.
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Beyond the Daily Stand-up: An Intro to Scrum (Keynote)
5:20-6:20pm (Room 304)
Countless companies believe they’re doing Scrum because they have 30-minute daily stand-ups (with people sitting and staring at their laptops) every morning. But Scrum is really a lot more than that. In this session, we see all of the main parts of Scrum (roles, artifacts, and events), and we also talk about some real-world collaborations in teams who adopted Scrum.
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Whenever I’m not giving a talk, I’ll most likely be hanging at the Improving booth. Make sure to come by and say hi! 🙂

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Code Review talk at the HDNUG

I’ll be speaking at the Houston .NET User Group (HDNUG) this Thursday, October 12th, at 6:30pm:

Code Review: I mean no harm!
As part of the work I’ve been doing for many years, I get to do a lot of code review. I usually document things that come up doing a code review so I can share it with other developers in the teams. In this session, I share some of the code I’ve looked at, the reasons why the code raised yellow or red flags in my head, and possible solutions I’ve proposed.

This is a fun talk for me and I’ve received great feedback from those who have seen it recently. It’s also going to be the first HDNUG meeting hosted at the new Improving Houston office. So I’m excited!

Here’s the location:
10111 Richmond Ave, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77042

Click here for directions. There’s plenty of free parking right at the location. See you there!

UPDATE: If you attend this talk, please, give me feedback by following this link. It’ll be a big help so I can improve it.

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