I’m ambivalent about honours. Recognition is nice, but I’m skeptical about the notion of winning over other worthy nominees. Nonetheless, at the EuroSTAR conference, I accepted the inaugural EuroSTAR 2008 CapGemini Award for Innovation, recognizing the most innovative track session, for my talk Two Futures of Software Testing. We won!
Who won? Well, I did for the presentation itself, but James Bach, Cem Kaner, and Jerry Weinberg share credit for the themes and key points of the presentation. Thanks to them.
The award was voted on by EuroSTAR’s attendees, so they won too. That’s because I’d like to believe that they voted less for the presentation and more for what it offered: a bright future of testing that is in contrast to the dark future that is so much like today. So thank you to the attendees.
Thank you also to Bob van de Burgt, EuroSTAR 2008’s Conference Chair; to the EuroSTAR staff; to CapGemini; and to all of the people with whom I’ve had such interesting conversations over the years. About the future: we can’t predict it, but we’re all in it together.