Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
Posted By Allen at 2:34 PM
Just like last year in London, Google will not charge a fee to attend the Google Test Automation Conference, however any travel expenses you incur in attending are your own responsibility. You will have to apply to attend in the same process we used from 2006. We'll publish the talk schedule and ask people to write a short paragraph on what they want to get out of the conference, and we'll invite people to attend from that list.
Posted By Allen at 2:20 PM
The first question I got about the conference was asking why we decided to host it in New York this year. If you remember last years event, it was called the London Test Automation Conference, and was hosted in... London. One reason the last conference was in London was because I am in London. It was the easiest way to make the conference happen and allow me to keep an eye on how it was going. When I started work on the conference, I really didn't know what I was doing. I also didn't know about any of the resources that were available inside the company to pull the thing off. It was only after we announced it that people started pitching in to help. Another reason for the last conference to be in London was because I had just moved to Europe to build Google's testing teams in Europe. At the time I started talking about a conference I had exactly one employee in Europe, and I needed a way to get the word out about testing in Europe. I thought a conference was a good way to do that. This year the situation is much different. First I have the support of a great team to put this conference together from the start. Also, many of the people who ended up helping out with the conference last year are back again this year to make it a success. Consequently I don't feel like I need to physically be in the same sight to ensure that it all works. More importantly I have some very strong ideals that I want to maintain in the Google Test Automation Conference. One of which is that the conference attendees should be at least 60% new attendees from year to year. If you have ever been to a more traditional testing conference, one of the first things you will notice is that the same people seem to be at all of them. While there is value in an ongoing conversation, there is also the risk of the conference becoming an inward looking group. A clique, if you will. I don't think that is productive for a conference, and I don't want to see it happen at the GTAC. By moving the conference to a different continent every year, I can ensure that most of the people who attended last year in person, probably won't be able to attend this year. Since we will continue to record and publish the talks on Google Video, everyone who wants the information will have access to it. Also we support an email list for people to use to discuss the topics and ideas that crop up at the conference. I want to get fresh ideas and new perspectives aired at this event, and I want to pull people in who wouldn't normally travel to a testing conference. We can do that by moving the conference around the world. So, this year we are going to be in the United States in New York City. We'll be able to pull in people from all over North America. We're also still just a six hour plane ride from London, so it's not impossible to attend from there.
Posted By Allen at 2:14 PM
The conference has only been announced for a few days, but I've already gotten questions from a few people. I'll attempt to answer them as they come in, so expect to see several blog posts on the subject.
Posted By Allen at 2:03 PM
It's been awhile since I had a chance to get anything posted here. For the last several weeks I've been maintaining a hectic pace, and tonight I got my first chance to slow down. So, even though I was supposed to go out tonight and meet some friends after my last meeting, I just couldn't do it. What has been keeping me so busy? Well in the last two weeks I have spent three days in Mountain View for Testapalooza, then flew back to London for two days. Then I flew to Rome for two days, and then back to London to announce the 2nd Annual Google Test Automation Conference. So, you could say it's been a busy few weeks. Anyway, I'll have more to say about the test automation conference in a few days. I'm getting a lot of questions from people, and I want to try to answer as many as I can. First, however, I need to get a little rest this weekend.