Mark Hollman and I are heading on an adventure in the city of sin. What is this adventure you may be asking yourself, well it is the 2010 Better Software Conference and Agile Development Practices Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada June 6 – 11th. The conference is hosted by Software Quality Engineering, a consultancy firm that “offers education, publications, and real-world expertise to help you advance your software practices”. Our mission is to absorb as much information while in Vegas and make sure it doesn’t stay there.
I am very excited for a two day workshop that is new to this conference in 2010. I will be attending the Business Analyst Workshop on Monday/Tuesday. This workshop focuses on knowledge and skills that make a business analyst successful. The sessions are going to be highly interactive and provide me with practical takeaways I can use as soon as I am home in Saskatoon. I also will be attending a session on “Testing with Real Users—User Interaction and Beyond” by Seth Eliot and other sessions related to business analyst work. I hope to absorb all the information I possibly can and turn it into further blog posts and presentations for my coworkers at Point2.
Mark is excited for all of the sessions he will be attending and hopes that he can bring back tools and techniques that will help Point2 improve our process’s and collaborations between teams and departments.
Hopefully at the end of a tiring, but fun filled week of learning, networking and riding New York New York Roller Coaster, Mark and I can get some sleep. If you’re going to be attending the conference, or think there is something we should see or do while in Vegas – leave a comment! 🙂
“There’s just no quiet in Vegas” ~ Barry Manilow
By: Devon McGeary
Kevin Bitinsky and I have a somewhat challenging and unconventional task to accomplish starting this June. When we return from the 2009 Better Software Conference & Expo, it will fall to us to make sure that what happened in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. The conference is hosted by Software Quality Engineering, a consultancy firm dedicated to helping companies ‘improve their software practices all along the development lifecycle’.
So why is Point2 going? Well, going through the conference schedule, it looks like a lot of the talks will deal with how to properly pick up Agile development practices – something we’re already doing. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to find out what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong and what we can improve on.
I’m particularly interested in the QA and Testing streams. Dawn Haynes will be giving a talk on ‘What your QA Program is Missing’. I’m hoping that her insights will help bring focus to how we’re readying our work for release.
Not all of the conference will be technical. A great deal of the material looks to cover team leadership and management in an Agile environment. To this end, Kevin hopes to attend Michele Sliger’s tutorial session, ‘Expanding Your Discussion Toolkit for Better Communication’.
My goal will be to bring back as much information about the conference as possible, so we can decide if future attendance will continue to help what we’re trying to accomplish here at Point2. If you’re at the conference and you see me without my laptop, ask me just what I think I’m doing – it’s my hope to come back with several rough-copy presentations in the works, based on what I learn there.
I haven’t been to this sort of a conference before – and I know many of my colleagues here at Point2 are in the same boat. So one of the talks I’ll be working to put together is ‘How to Attend a Technology Conference’. From garden-variety travel tips to what to expect at the start and end of every session, it’ll all be there.
And finally, I’m hoping to see some of the stark, desolate beauty of the Nevada desert in early summer… ah, who am I kidding? I’m going to hit the Star Trek Museum and get my picture taken with as many Elvises as I can find. It is in Vegas, after all! If you’re going to be at the conference, or if there’s something you think I ought to see or do while in Vegas – leave a comment!
In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number. ~Steven Wright
By: Dave Kellow