GeekSpeak with Scott Barber: Rob Sabourin [Special Edition]

People always seem to be asking me if I still learn things at software events after having attended over a hundred in the past decade. And they almost always seem surprised to hear that I do still get things from sessions (though admittedly, very often it’s not what the presenter intended me to take from their session), what I get the most from is interacting with people one-on-one. So recently, it dawned on me that if I’m getting so much out of these one-on-one conversations and so many people don’t seem to grasp how or why, that I should find a way to “package” these conversations and share them.

GeekSpeak is my attempt to do exactly that.

This week, I’m bringing you a GeekSpeak Special Edition from the MOntreal Insights Into Software Testing (MOIIST). MOIIST is a peer workshop of the type that I discussed with Paul Holland in our GeekSpeak session where a small group of testers get together, typically over a weekend, to share their experiences with one another on a particular aspect of testing.

The most fascinating part of this kind of workshop is that there are no time limits. Once a participant shares their experience, all of the rest of the participants get to ask them questions about that experience until they run out of questions. So, as you can imagine, the conversation can get pretty detailed.

In this edition of GeekSpeak, Rob Sabourin and I recorded the latest installment of our unique event closing session where we share with one another, in front of all of the participants, what insights we had during the event. This is the same format that Rob and I used for the immensely popular closing Keynote at CAST2013.

While watching Rob and I deliver our insights from MOIIST session is no substitute for attending the workshop, it is certain to peak your interest! Watch the video to see what lessons Rob & I took from the inaugural MOIIST.

About Rob

Robert Sabourin (a.k.a. RobSab) has more than thirty-one years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Robert is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University. Robert is the principle consultant (president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Rob Online: Website | Twitter


MOIIST is a Software Testing peer conference.  MOIIST stands for MOntreal Insights Into Software Testing.  MOIIST is facilitated in the style of LAWST workshops. Presentations are based on the first-person experience of invited delegates.

MOIIST is a peer workshop for practitioners to share experiences in software testing, to allow people interested in these topics to network with their peers, and to help build a community of professionals with common interests. Our constituency is people who are interested in all areas of software testing.

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