Well it has been a couple weeks now and I had a lot of time to reflect on the goings on at QUEST 2019.
As always I enjoy attending and speaking at this conference. Meeting new and old friends is always a plus. The offline discussions outside of the planned tracks are always insightful and a learning experience for everyone.
I had the great opportunity of speaking on two occasions and participating as a panelist for the Managers workshop.
I’ll start with the full day class, Finding the Why for QA. This was fun and interesting. It definitely made me think through the presentation and working with the attendants.
See I took the idea in the book Finding your Why and wanted to get a good Why Statement for the QA discipline as a whole. The other tough part of the course was that it is meant for people that all work for the same organization and have some familiarity with each other. Here I was taking people who did not know each other until they sat down in the room.
The other tough part was the presentation was meant for a bigger class size than what I had, 5 attendees. What happened was that I was burning through the deck at a faster pace then what I anticipated. Which meant I had to adapt and pull more information out of those that attended. Int eh end it worked out as there was a lot of good conversations and we came up with a good start for a Why statement for QA.
“To observe and share holistically so that Teams are empowered to innovate and create harmony”
I did get some feedback that it seemed I was dragging things out, and I fully admit it. Doing speaking engagements for the past 7 years I have prided myself now that I can have it all paced for the time slot I’m given. As always theory and practice don’t work out some times, and this was not one of them.
So for those that attended that class I will apologize now that I seemed a bit stuck with where to go and how to fill the time slot. I do think that in the end it all worked out as we did come up with a kick ass statement.
Next was the Manager’s workshop. This was the second time I participated as a panelist and it was great. One of the main topics I was there for was metrics. As most of you know I love metrics and talking about metrics. This was not different. I got to share some stories of my pitfalls and successes. As well as give guidance of what they could do to improve everything around them.
My last talk during the conference was about estimating. The pain of what everyone goes through. This was probably the most attended session I have done in a very long time. We talked about different methodologies and how estimating should be done continuously and revisited to get better over time.
Overall I enjoyed my time, as always, and I look forward to next year.
In the next little while I will write other posts to go into more detail of what I spoke about at QUEST. Since we all know I love knowledge sharing.