Field Report from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – April 16th-17th, 2010 – (CitCon – http://citconf.com/)
By: Jamie Longmuir
Note from Raj: Jamie just returned from Citcon and he graciously agreed to share what he learned there with all of us. Thank you, Jamie!
This conference was an excellent opportunity to hear from other designers, testers and release managers who had adopted agile, CI, TDD, and other practices. While the attendees all brought different perspectives, they were all very passionate about improving their software development practices.
Note: The points raised in my notes below, are just that…my notes. Feel free to discuss any points you disagree or have something to add to in the discussion page.
Interesting Quotes from the Conference…
“Gartner’s analysts (Thomas Murphy and David Norton) predict that by 2012 “agile development methods will be utilized in 80% of all software development projects”. – http://www.gartner.com
“If you’re not doing TDD, you’re not doing professional development” – Paul Julius
Conference Format – Open Spaces
I found the open-spaces concept very effective for this type of conference. When you have many people, from different backgrounds, looking to share their individual experiences this is a great format. Unlike a traditional conference, where sessions are pre-scheduled and presenters lecture on a particular topic, open-space sessions are scheduled by the participants during the conference, and frequently turn into a round-table discussion, rather than a lecture.