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CITCON Turin Registrations Open!

September 3rd, 2013

Open Spaces Board

Open Space conferences naturally cater their agenda to exactly the people in attendance.

We just finished with CITCON Boston, and now we are headed to Italy for CITCON Turin! September 27 & 28 at the TalentGarden Torino.

Marco Abis volunteered to help find a great venue in Turin. The entire organizing committee and I are excited to bring CITCON to Italy for the European leg of the conference this year.

CITCON Turin will round out the 8th year of CITCON’s around the world as the 21st instance of the conference. A lot has changed in 8 years. A few highlights come to mind:

  1. Fewer discussions about “What is CI”
  2. More discussion about “What is CD”
  3. I can remember as far back as 2002, colleagues at ThoughtWorks were discussing how to take CruiseControl and Continuous Integration to the next level. They had already played out the limits of traditional CI. They were looking for ways to take the same principles all the way down the pipe to production. The concept had a few names over the years – CI ++, Enterprise Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment. Personally, I am grateful to Jez Humble and Dave Farley for getting their book published! Finally we have a name for it – Continuous Delivery.

  4. More discussion about DevOps
  5. I think Patrick Debois coined the term when he created DevOps Days after attending CITCON Brussels. A name can say a lot, as we see with Continuous Delivery. People are still trying to figure it all out, as indicated by Jez’s post on the oxymoronic phrase “A DevOps Team”. CITCON provides us professionals with another venue to hash it all out.

  6. More in-depth Automated Testing discussion
  7. Testers (QA Engineers, etc) are stepping up in droves to integrate their work into CD pipelines. They are pushing the boundaries of platforms like Selenium using services like SauceLabs. They are expanding their natural language approach to testing with Cucumber, etc. Coming from my developer background, I’m excited to see the practice securely taking hold in the testing arena. That’s one of the main reasons for the “T” in CITCON. We felt that CI wasn’t enough. We need the testers to unify around a common vision of keep the code working. We mean truly working, not just compiling!

So, join us in Turin for CITCON Number 21. Help us keep moving the boundaries of professional software delivery! See you there!

CITCON Raleigh Durham – Registration Open

February 8th, 2010

I wanted to let everyone know about CITCON North America in Raleigh Durham on April 16 & 17 because I co-chair the conference and the more of you that come, the better the conference becomes. This is the 5th year for the conference. We started the conference back when I was at ThoughtWorks doing CruiseControl work and JTF was at Agitar. It’s great to see new and old faces alike each year. Maceij from Urbancode described it as “an annual reunion of sorts”.

I love the open spaces format, largely because I have no idea what I will learn until I get there. I learn whatever everyone else is interested in. That’s an amazing way to take in new information. It’s humbling. In fact it reminds me of one of the first concepts I had to accept when I studying the philosophy of Socrates in university, “Before we can learn anything, we must first admit we know nothing.”

Can’t make it to CITCON RD? Then make it to one of the other ones – Wellington, NZPrague, CZSingapore.

CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, is an open spaces conference in its 5th year. The topics aren’t decided until the first night of the conference, but past events have proven extraordinarily useful to anyone interested in Continuous Integration and the type of testing that goes with it. Developer-testers, tester-developers, tool creators, and Agile advocates have all gained a lot from attending.

The conference is free to attend! You have to pay $20 to register, but you get that back when you attend the conference. (We are using long time conference supporter Obtiva’s EventWax for registrations. Just follow the registration link below.)

This year, the North American event will be in Raleigh-Durham at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel. Registration is open, but limited to the first 150 registrants. Sign up now to reserve your spot at this innovative, exciting, education, fun event.

The conference operates as a non-profit, so our advertising budget is basically zero. We can use your help to get the word out. If you know someone that might be interested, please pass this announcement along to them.

Also, if your company or a company you know would be interested in sponsoring CITCON, there are a wide range of sponsorship options.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

CITCON Asia-Pacific 2008 Location Announced

September 3rd, 2007

CITCON Asia-Pacific is schedule for June 20 & 21, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.

CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, is a world-wide series of free Open Spaces events for developer-testers, tester-developers and anyone else with an interest in Continuous Integration and the type of Testing that goes along with it.
See the website for more details.

We’ll be seeking volunteers to help make the conference a success. See the volunteer page for more detail.

And, of course, we will be looking for sponsors to make the conference possible. If you know a company interested in sponsoring, please let us know.

Thanks! We hope to see a lot of you in Melbourne.


August 9th, 2007

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