This was my first Future Technologies Conference so I didn’t know what to expect.
Being a smaller conference in Vancouver I expected the attendees to mostly consist of Canadians and Americans. However, that was not the case. There was a lot of representation from across the globe (over 50 countries were represented).
In terms of attendee types, there were definitely more academics than practitioners.
My presentation, “Pair Programming: Collocated vs. Distributed” lasted about 20 minutes. I was only allotted 14 minutes but there were a few no shows so I was able to go a bit longer. The presentation ended with excellent questions and insight.
I really enjoyed learning about some of the ground breaking research that is currently going on. I don’t know how they come up with this stuff.
Having attended previous PMI-SAC PDC conferences, I must say this one was quite different.
The Winsport venue had a much different ambience compared to the BMO Centre, and I mean that in a good way.
Also, the attendance had noticeably diminished from previous years which is expected considering the downturn in Calgary’s economy.
The keynotes that I was able to attend were fantastic, especially the one on Brain Science. The point on visualization made complete sense to me. I heard Hayley Wickenheiser’s keynote was also inspiring but unfortunately I was unable to attend.
My first presentation, “Scaling Agile @ FCC” went well. Everything worked as expected. The audience seemed to enjoy all 3 short video clips. However, the presentation almost lasted the entire hour which didn’t leave a whole lot of time for questions and I wasn’t able to stick around because I had to head off to my next presentation which was in a different room. Thankfully my co-presenter was able to entertain one-on-one questions after I departed.
The second presentation, “Agile Product Rescue” also went well. The only hiccup I had was with the audio went it came time to show my YouTube clip. The audience could hear the audio but it was very faint. I didn’t have any questions during Q&A but a few individuals approached me afterwards.
It was great to see a lot of familiar faces. Hope to be in attendance next year!