Prairie Dev Con 2010
Today was the first official day of the Prairie Dev Con 2010 conference, starting out with an opening welcome message with a nice breakfast spread. David, Nyik San, Brian, and myself arrived the day before at around 6pm so we’d be in time for the social mixer put on by the Regina developer community before hand. It was reasonably well attended and I met quite a few people and made some great contacts. It actually has turned out to be pretty nice being at a smaller conference because it’s making it very easy to build relationships with the other people attending.
This morning I started out by attending an Intro to Agile session which was fairly good. I was interested to see what somebody else’s take on agile was going to be. It was an overview of processes and how to do scrum etc so it didn’t overlap too much with my presentation which I was happy to see.
Next up was my presentation “Intro to Agile Development Practices”. It was quite well attended and went very well. The audience was very engaged and asked a fairly good number of questions. Apparently I like to talk more when I have an audience than I do to the white board. My presentation only took 45 minutes when I was practicing it but at the conference I went almost the full 75 minutes!
The notes for my session can be found here.
After being in sessions until 5:30 this afternoon I attended a supper put on for all the presenters of the conference at “The Diplomat” steak house and got to know a few more of the other presenters a little better. There’s a very good amount of diversity between the speakers, some coming from Guelph, Virginia, and Utah.
So far the conference has been great and I really hope it gets put on again next year. The one thing the conference is really lacking is some non-microsoft content. There are a lot of attendees who would love to sit in on some Python or Ruby sessions, and everybody who i’ve mentioned Scala too immediately says how much they wish there was a session on it. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to get some more P2ers presenting at the conference and help round out the technology diversity in the sessions.
Tomorrow I kick off my morning first thing by presenting my session on Iterative Development which i’m really looking forward to because there are no other presentations covering that content. Many agile presentations touch on the concept, but none talk about it in any detail.