Back in August I was thinking about getting to Eurostar, you know, Europe's most important testing conference, this years programme is impressive, but important and expensive have quite similar meanings.
As I have a budget with a limit, I found out that the whole conference was quite too much for me, but maybe I could go to the tutorials, after all, James Bach was going to talk about Rapid Test Management And Pradeep Soundararajan was going to talk about Context Driven Mind Mapping, exciting tutorials, just a bit important for me.
But then I had to get there, and here I found another learning, that the world is divided in levels of travel expenses.
The first level, is where I can get by train or by a single low cost air ticket, so, since I live in Valencia (Spain), cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Malta, London, Paris… are places that are easy to get there.
Next level is where I need to get two low cost air tickets, and flying to Gothemburg was on the next lever, then book some hotel room and plan some cash for expenses as lunch and dinner… It could not be done.
Then Rosie published at The Ministry a training course, in Brighton, with Michael Bolton about Rapid Software Testing for Managers in one day for 200 GBP, it sounded quite similar to the tutorial James Bach was going to give, it might not be the same, but it was affordable, so there I went.
At the end, for the price of a low cost flight and a comfy hotel room for two nights, I got the chance to meet Michael and to know Rosie, Richard, Stephen and many other testers that got to the same place.
We talked about testing, bugs, estimations, relationships, the reality steamroller, estimations, management, lack of management, lazy developers, estimations again, testers education, hiring testers, broken systems that works for somebody, Jerry Weinberg, more about estimations, the three reasons you need to justify bullshit, the testing vortex, how to write test reports, what a testing career looks like… and as it happens, things that were talked made me think about how I am delivering my work and how I can do better.
After the training we went to a pub for some beers, and after some talk and more beers I consider that it was good enough for me and headed back to the Hotel.
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Now I am thinking in a way to meet Pradeep... So, what's your plan?