Some use Twitter to keep up with latest news, I like to read newsletters. Already long time ago I subscribed to several local testing & co newsletters. Here are two conference posts who made me think lately. Is this where we are heading?
The first conference is/was Swiss Requirements Day.
It was huge surprise to receive the last newsletter with subject “Rest in Peace Swiss Requirements Day” with the message:
“Dear Swiss Requirements Community
In acknowledgement of the changing environment, the Swiss Requirements Day lays itself to rest.
Digitalisation marches swiftly on; delivery times are getting shorter and shorter; agile is on everyone’s mind. There is no time for a thorough analysis and documentation of requirements. Or is there? What preparatory activities are needed before coding can begin?
Design Thinking, Human-Centered Design, UX, Business Analysis, Systems Engineering and yes, also Requirements Engineering, are central elements.
Against this changing backdrop, we say goodbye to Swiss Requirements Day and proudly welcome its successor, the Upfront Thinking conference.”
OK, they are kind of closing one and opening another conference… if it would be just a change of name, than why so alarming sentence: “There is no time for a thorough analysis and documentation of requirements.”? Is this agile? Do we really want to have software which is made without thorough analysis?
The second conference is Topconf Linz 2016, will be held on February 1-3, 2016. If you wonder what is Topconf – here is what they say about themself:
“Topconf Software Conferences are premier international software conference designed for Developers, Product owners / managers, Architects, Project Managers, Methods- and Process-Experts.
Our speakers are authors, experts and practitioners across various areas of software development.”
I find it quite interesting – various areas of software development and all kind of job titles but nothing related to testing.
Any way – my attention got something else – Talk by Louise Elliott Punishment Driven Development. She got me! I really want to go to the conference and to see how she will put that all together – punishment, guilt and agile. Interesting that this talk is on New Ways To Manage track.