I spoke on SQA Days #17 in Belarus this year and I liked that conference. Feedback on my speech was positive so I decided to submit another call for next SQA in Moscow. Was quickly accepted so I was going to Moscow 🙂
My trip started 3:00 AM driving from Ostrava to Katowice Airport, then classic run between terminals in Frankfurt. Flight to Moscow was nice and I was really surprised by Lufthansa service on this flight (3 hours only) – very good meal, vine served several time, very friendly personal.
Immigration and security checks were quite strong in Moscow and it took more than 2 hours from landing to taxi. Moscow is big a city and it took 2 hours from Demedevovo Airport to city center. Traffic is quite big and fight for lines was really adrenaline.
My hotel was near to Red Square and about 15 minutes walk to the conference hall. I had very interesting discussion with several attendees over good local beer.
We were only four english-speaking speakers when our talks were translated simultaneously.
Interesting talk about fixing problems instead of symptoms. I liked graphical model of „5 whys“ approach = you need to ask „Why?“ five times to find out the root cause. Than you need to find connection and links in the map.
I was some time lost in the presentation where was a lot of text and slides – quite too much for 40 minutes talk. Such slides are good as offline summary but I would rather see only the Map as background for the speech.
Definitely more interesting presentation. Only 18 slides, mostly graphical, nice ideas.
Very interesting topic but the presentation was quite hard to follow. It looks like speech was prepared for longer period of time so presentation was very fast. Some slides were skipped and than I missed context of others.
Ideas I liked
Ides I disagree with
I tried to make it as practical as possible focusing on the „reason“ why we prepare reports to challenge everybody to think about the „why part of the report“ and what do they want to achieve by reporting.
There were a lot of questions after my talk and feedback from committee is also positive:
I was very surprised by this speech. I generally do not like outsourcing and I prefer collocated teams but it become harder and harder. I thought that the main motivation for outsourcing is cost savings. It looks I was wrong, partially
Following talks were in Russian but I had a lot of one-on-one discussions whole afternoon and there was very nice afterparty with concert.
Saturday was about sightseeing in Moscow. It is very interesting city, bit pessimistic and depressive for me. They often do not speak English so a bit challenging. Thank you Natasha for guidance.
I met quite a lot of interesting people, I enjoyed this conference and I am looking forward for next one.
One more thing: People do not be afraid to approach speakers and talk with us, we are there for you.
Great experience, thanks.