…..what do those faces tell you?
What are the benefits of attending conferences?
I won’t lie to you, conferences can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a drag. There are lots of things that make up a good conference experience, including:
- Good presenters
- Good venue
- Relevant topics
- Fostering a sense of community
So, why do I attend conferences? Will anything change at work when I go back to the office?
I touched upon conferences in an earlier blog, All I know is I’m lost without you….
not only had I never attended any conferences or meetups, but that I had absolutely no awareness of the wider software testing community, practices, ideas, heuristics, blogs or anything that is so cool about being a part of the software testing community.
With the greater awareness of community, not only is there a sense of belonging to something bigger than just your own local environment, but also a wide resource of help, support, information, sounding boards and so on. Ministry of Testing has Slack which is a great resource, but nothing can beat human interaction.
This year I’ll be attending TestBash Brighton, for two days, structured as two half-day workshops and then a single stream of talks.
I also learned about Test Mobbing and Pairing, and we have tried that here too, blogged about here – One thing I can tell you is you got to be free…..
Not to mention a whole smorgasbord of new Tweeters to follow.
Essentially, conferences should be there to provide recharging of batteries, new ideas, reassurance and a fresh testing perspective.
If you don’t get that from the conference you attend, you should try another.