A Tribute to Self

A breath of kindness to remind me of the lovely people who appreciate me.

Update Mar 9, 2022: Add reactions to the publication of this article.

Update Mar 9, 2022: Add more tributes from the time around XP2017.

@tdpauw demolishing the reasons for feature branching one by one #XP2017

– Giovanni Asproni (@gasproni), May 23, 2017

I liked your preso very much.

– Jeff Sussna (@jeffsussna), May 24, 2017

your use of illustrations was very effective

– Jeff Sussna (@jeffsussna), May 24, 2017

My pleasure. I really enjoy materials which challenge that which has become (essentially) “unchallengeable.” Great job!

– Ash Winter, (@northern_tester), May 24, 2017

@tdpauw nice preso, BTW

– Paul Hammant (@paul_hammant), May 25, 2017

And yes it’s great to see this preso get so much positive feedback, including from the Godfather of TBD :)

– Steve Smith (@SteveSmith_Tech), May 29, 2017

A solid argument against feature branching, arguing that there are many ways of using a distributed version control system, not all of them good.


– DevOps Weekly, #335 May 28, 2017

@tdpauw congrats for the devops weekly mention : https://speakerdeck.com/tdpauw/xp2017-feature-branching-is-evil ! Not sure I have always the maturity for it.

– Stéphan Mestach (@mestachs), May 29, 2017

Thierry de Pauw live in very shortly at Room 3. Make sure to get down to the stages early as places fill up fast 🚀🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ @CodemotionIT @tdpauw

– Codemotion (@CodemotionIT), Nov 29, 2018

Narcissism or not, enjoy it to the full. You’ve worked for it, challenged yourself and achieved it. All on your own. You deserve to celebrate it. But most important of all, keep on doing it.

– Beren Van Daele (@isleoftesting), Dec 4, 2018

I heard a wise man a while ago say that you are amazing. Now over 300 people were intrigued enough to teat this assumption 😉

– Erik Talboom (@talboomerik), Dec 4, 2018

@ChrisAnnODell @tdpauw Hey, Both of you! Stop whining! You know you are very good speakers, get over it!

– Giovanni Asproni (@gasproni), Jan 17, 2019

[…] Awesome conversations on #testingindevops, #moderntesting & more. @tdpauw is a walking encyclopedia of testing & devOps knowledge, so glad to meet him […]

– Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin), Sept 23, 2019

[…] Thierry is the kindest person I ever met and he has a very deep understanding in everything related to CI/CD

– Krisztina (@YellowBrickC), Nov 29, 2019

you just have prove the first half! 😃 And all of your other tweets and talks are the prove of the second half.

I’m very happy to finally met you in person in Gent even if we hadn’t really the chance to have a relaxed discussion. But it’s ok, we will get to it next time

– Krisztina (@YellowBrickC), Nov 29, 2019

This will be good. In the #ContinuousDelivery community, @tdpauw is the preeminent contemporary thinker on the evils of feature branching

– Steve Smith (@SteveSmith_Tech), Dec 14, 2019


Your CD talks have been consistently excellent.

– Matthew Skelton (@matthewpskelton), Jan 23, 2021

I second that!

– Giovanni Asproni (@gasproni), Jan 23, 2021

I’m not fit for public speaking, what you have achieved as an introvert is amazing

– Guillem Canal (@buraitopengin), Jan 23, 2021

Thank you for sharing your journey it is an inspiration for folks who may feel too shy to speak in public. I haven’t seen you speak but I can see you care a lot about your craft and community and I’m sure you have helped a lot of people by sharing your ideas and experiences.

– David Heath (@dgheath21), Jan 23, 2021

Big hugs to you, my friend. I’m happy we met, and I cherish our joint venture in conference speaking :)


– Tobias Goeschel (@w3ltraumpirat), Jan 26, 2021

I still remember the day we met at @PipelineConf in the hotel lobby for a drink. I was just a participant, eager to get on stage and I feel really welcomed by you to do so the next year! Thank you @tdpauw

– Kenny Baas (@kenny_baas), Jan 26, 2021

People listen to your talk because you are from the field and you tell truth that help us make better choice. Your speech are full of real life experiences and a good amount of humility which create a real connection between you and your audience.

Keep on talking you inspire us!

– Sébastien Barbieri (@scips), Apr 14, 2021

You’re very welcome. I love a good experience report! Sorry I didn’t tag you in the original tweet.

– Daniel Terhorst-North (@tastapod), Jul 16, 2021

It’s great to see how @tdpauw’s low ego, experience-driven approach has sparked so many interesting, respectful conversations about this

– Steve Smith (@SteveSmith_Tech), Jul 16, 2021

A post on the complexity of branching strategies and the fact many teams just take that friction for granted rather than try something simpler.


– DevOps Weekly, #551 Jul 18, 2021

Thanks to @tdpauw and @w3ltraumpirat for your nice little “theatre play” (dialogue) at #SoCraTes2021 on the Theory of Constraints, it was very entertaining and educational. I think “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt will be one of my next reads.

– Stephan Roth (@_StephanRoth), Aug 29, 2021

Sinon vu https://twitter.com/_StephanRoth/status/1431978861940576261 tu deviens un type important. Je vais pouvoir mettre sur mon CV “Je connaissais Thierry de Pauw avant qu’il soit célèbre”

Prochaine étape (et je rigole pas) - tu penses pas à écrire un bouquin (lean mode, en construisant une audience via mailing list, etc)

– Martin Van Aken (@martinvanaken), Aug 30 2021

Ik ga morgen je artikel lezen! Ben erg benieuwd, en ik steek van jouw schrijfwerk altijd mooie nieuwe manieren op om het over dingen te hebben…

– Wouter L., Oct 18, 2021

On the Evilness of Feature Branching - Why Do Teams Use Feature Branches. Thierry’s comprehensive and thought-provoking article is definitely a recommended read to get inspired from and improve your delivery pipeline.

– Lisi Hocke (@lisihocke), Recommended Resources on Testing and Quality

[…] additional bonus: Thierry is an amazing human I’m happy to know, and might be up for a conversation about the topic (@tdpauw: Toyer is my learning partner for many years now and an amazing human as well 😉)

– Lisi Hocke (@lisihocke), Nov 24, 2021

I probably haven’t told you enough how much I appreciate everything you do for this company (and when I say that I mean group of individuals). It’s a real pleasure and source of comfort to have you aboard and I just hope you feel the same way

– Guillaume d., Nov 25, 2021

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you from me and the team for all your support this year. We had our team retrospective the other week, and we make a post it tree of all the great things from the year - and your name was on our tree :)

– Allison B., Dec 22, 2021

All over the world, @tdpauw! Thank you for all that you do.

– Paul Julius (@PaulJulius), Feb 9, 2022

Thierry de laatste dagen/ weken ben je echt in een flow. Wat je schrijft de laatste weken, is close to geniaal. Elke keer er boink op.

– Yves Hanoulle (@YvesHanoulle), Feb 14, 2022

you ve been extremely caring and a breath of fresh air in this sea of unkind macho type latin men.

– Paula, Feb 14, 2022

Yours is so much better.

I used 1000 words more to say less.

Very well written!

– Anton Stöckl (@TonyBologni), Feb 14, 2022

Tu pense refaire du speaking à un moment ? Ou écrire un livre (je rigole pas tu as le matos)

Martin Van Aken, Feb 15, 2022

Ah Twitter vient seulement de me montrer ta réponse. Congrats on being… “blunt”.

Et les quotes tweets sont élogieux (à raison t’as fait un solide debunk)

1/le sujet est hot 2/le initial take est contreversial 3/Tu as réussi à être brutal dans l’accroche (“bullshit”) mais après à fournir une réponse argumentée et documentée. Sans le brutal, tu n’auras pas suscité l’intérêt (désolé c’est pas moi qui fait les règles), mais tu as pu articuler aussi une réponse détaillée et pas en rester là. Nice job

Martin Van Aken, Feb 15, 2022

Thx Thierry! 💛

I decided I just add my thoughts on some aspects and otherwise link to great material, like yours and Fowlers.

– Anton Stöckl (@TonyBologni), Feb 19, 2022

It’s an honour being mentioned next to Martin.

You are too kind, Anton!

– Me

Don’t be too humble! :-)

– Anton Stöckl (@TonyBologni), Feb 19, 2022

Reactions on publishing this:

Seeing your journey from being embarassed at any positive feedback to listing your accomplishments is so, so cool.

Keep them coming!

Martin Van Aken, Feb 21, 2022

Another inspiring example on how @tdpauw leads the way.

Making me think about a kindness journal too.


– Yves Hanoulle (@YvesHanoulle), Feb 21, 2022

It’s ok to be proud of your achievements! To do it in a way that spreads kindness in a medium that so often feeds off malice takes real skill. Well done @tdpauw !


– Gerald Benischke (@giskard23), Feb 22, 2021

Retweeting this so more people follow Thierry. Worth your time.


– Marc Burgauer (@somesheep), Feb 23, 2022