Archive for April, 2014

“A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.
– Oscar Wilde

As far as I know*, Let’s Test Oz will be the first multi-day Australian conference dedicated to software testing. For three days in September, testers from around the globe will congregate to breathe the alpine air, break bread and talk testing.

As soon as the conference was announced, it was my intention to get there. I’ve never been to a major conference for industry professionals (“Tasting Let’s Test” last year was more a teaser, and I don’t think Comic-Con counts), and the fact it was on local shores was a big attraction. However, due to some “interesting” financial circumstances over the past couple of months, I’ve spent a lot of time pondering the conference, the expense it incurs and the potential value I may or may not get from attending.

For those not fortunate to have their employer cover the cost, it appears reasonably priced – a little more than some of its international brethren in the States or Europe, and a little less than others. Flights from Brisbane to Sydney aren’t that much in today’s ultra-competitive world of air travel, but you also have the usual expenses that make up a trip away from home, such as meals. And that’s not to mention the time off work, and possibly away from family.