I used to get learning from conferences, but now my “being aware of techniques” learning quota feels full.
This is something I’ve heard from many people. “I don’t go to conferences because I wouldn’t learn anything”. I agree that perhaps once you’ve been in testing for a while, you won’t take away vast quantities of learning from every single talk that you attend. You might just take away something you never thought you would though
The flip side of that is:
I’ve come back from those with new colleagues in the community to learn with, even friends.
Someone recently said to me that they don’t go to conferences for the talks. They go for the talks about the talks. That’s an excellent way to learn from people in the community and make friends, as Maaret mentions.
For me, there’s many reasons I go to conferences:
- It’s a way for me to meet old testing friends from around the world that I wouldn’t normally get to meet in person.
- I get to meet new people who then become old friends with each conference we attend together.
- I learn something from everything I hear (a talk, a talk about a talk, a conversation I hear as I pass a group).
- I meet people who may be interested in coming to Dublin or Belfast to speak at the meetups and I help them to get in touch with the right people.
Why do you go to conferences? Or if you don’t go: what’s stopping you from going to conferences?