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Held in the occasionally sunny climes of Brisbane that are my backyard, the Australian Workshop on Software Testing 2014 was too great an opportunity to pass up (even though I almost did).  This small, relentless and incredibly valuable peer conference lived surpassed the high expectations that had been set by my first visit to this conference down in Sydney last year.

Organised yet again by Dave Greenlees, facilitated by Rich Robinson and having the discussion guided by James Bach, the Saturday and Sunday spun by in a kaleidoscope of risk, incisive questioning and animated (but for the most part orderly, thanks to the inconspicuous attentions of Rich) discussion.  While I could write a lot more about it from a personal perspective, Joey Corea’s blog post summed up the conference very nicely (first-timer or otherwise).

“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.