It's been a long 3 days and nights (mainly since for some reason I go all extrovert at conferences and go out in the evenings with other folks). In any case, I think this was technically my first tech conference as well as my first software testing conference. Some quick thoughts:
- The actual sessions/presentations were less interesting than I'd hoped. While there was a fair amount of breadth in the topics, the depth really felt lacking. I was familiar with most of the stuff already, and the stuff I wasn't really felt like I could have read a blog post and got about the same takeaway. My gut feel is the content would have been great for junior testers.
- The conference stated they "focus on the confer part of the word conference." This is stressed with the presentations being about 2/3 speaker, and 1/3 group discussion/Q&A/etc. The group discussion is interesting in that they use a mechanism called K-Cards. Everyone has a stack of 3 cards, and if you want to participate, you hold up the appropriate card:Interesting mechanism and it seemed to work pretty well.
- Green: Please place me on the new thread list
- Yellow: Please place me on the same thread list
- Red (or pink): Oooh, oooh, I must speak now (or important admin issue: e.g.: I can’t hear)
- This was a small conference (I'd guess less than 150 attendees?), which also helped with the confer aspect
- International aspect was good - got to interacted with folks from Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Croatia, etc.