A Tale of Two Conferences

2012 is an exciting year. Quite apart from having some fascinating project work to get my teeth into, I am lucky enough to be attending, and speaking, at a couple of conferences.

First up: the Professional Development Summit takes place next month Halifax. This is an all volunteer event jointly organised by local chapters of six professional non-profit societies:  the Atlantic Association for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA); the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS); the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC); the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA); the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).  It features a wide variety of home-grown talent. The BEST thing about PDS is its multidisciplinary nature: now, I love talking testing to testers, but it’s great to share with other professions too. I’m honoured to be supporting this event.

And in July, off to sunny California for CAST 2012. As a context driven tester, I can hardly wait. This is the event that “puts the confer back in conference”: in fact, what I look forward to the most is not subjecting people to death-by-powerpoint, but having a meaningful conversation with those attending my session. The fact that CAST is bookended by Test Coach Camp, some interesting looking tutorials and recently announced training is simply icing on the cake.

Roll on April, roll on July. Maybe I’ll see you there?


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