My followers on Twitter and LinkedIn will already be aware that I went to the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas last week. They’ll have heard tales of lost baggage, extreme “jet-lag induced tiredness” (body-clock waking me at 3:30 every morning) as well as various updates from the conference.
People go to the conference for a variety of reasons; to hear the keynote speeches, attend NDA sessions, see application demonstrations or to meet HP product managers,R&D teams or other experts. I’ve been part of Vivit for over 4 years now and before that I was a member of the Mercury software user group. For me the highlight of my conference was meeting up with a group of fellow testers one evening over a glass or two of whisky (thanks Mr Moore)
These testers have inspired me from my first days as a tester when I used to frequent Wilson Mar’s website and Scott Moore’s loadtester.com. I knew James Pulley through his moderation of Google, Yahoo and StackOverflow LoadRunner groups and more recently I’ve been listening to James Pulley and Mark Tomlinson’s PerfBytes podcasts.
I sincerely hope that this becomes a regular event at conferences. It was great to finally meet these people face to face and “put the testing world to rights” 🙂