I returned from the conference yesterday late at night. I left with mixed feelings and still am not 100% sure what I should think of the conference.
There were some good talks (all three keynotes and 2 regular talks), but most of the talks were too flat.
What I mean by that: The speakers talked about their topics only superficially, didn’t really go deep enough to create AHA moments. Everything felt like a rehash of things you already heard somewhere.
Strong accents of foreign speakers and Austrian dialect (when the talk was given in German, which was optional) made understanding the speakers quite hard sometimes.
Others gave tool-centric talks—for their own tools of course.
There were very few (2 I believe) talks where I could learn something new.
The best talk, by far, was given by a woman. The only woman who gave a talk. :disappointed: She is a psychologist and talked about motivation and leadership. This was a great talk. Very energizing.
The topic was indeed software quality. “Discussions” (talks) mostly revolved around whether you should automate everything or that people never ever should automate everything and every possible point in between…
There is so much to be said about these topics, you could go sooo deep. But noone did.
But enough rambling. I had a brief chat with one exhibitor at the conference. He was from the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB). The IREB offers courses and certifications on requirements management. While you can take course on that, he also told me that you can get the course material you would need for the advanced levels for free. On their website as a download:
Be aware that a few of the documents are just available as German versions, though. The „CPRE Advanced Level Requirements Modeling – Handbook“ is available in English, for example. And many more. If you want to brush up some knowledge regarding requirements management, take a look and browse their catalogue.
I also found an interesting tool vendor: CQSE from Munich in Germany. They offer TeamScale, a tool for measuring and improving your code quality. The important things they do (differently from others) is Test Gap analysis and Test Impact analysis. This is about how to test more effectively and efficiently.
Let me tell you in advance, this is no tool for small companies. You will face several hundred dollars per month in costs. You can try it out for free, but it surely is not for everyone.