This was my first XP conference. It was a 4 day event that was very different than most conferences I’ve attended. In the past I’ve attended practitioner based conferences. This conference was a combination of practitioners and researchers (which I knew going in). What surprised me was the collaboration, especially when it came to the workshops. Practitioners had the opportunity to get a preview of what researchers are researching and researchers had the opportunity to get feedback from the practitioners.
Another reason I enjoyed this conference is because I presented my experience report on the 2nd day. There was a decent turnout and some excellent questions. I am hoping there are more papers to come in the near future.
In terms of the quality of presenters and session topics, I would rate this conference a 9 out of 10. For me, the most interesting session was Modern XP. However, I have to admit that I stumbled upon it as I arrived late to another session that had filled up quite quickly.
Hopefully I have the opportunity to attend XP 2017.