I have never attended a virtual summit before. It was an interesting experience – like a more impressive webinar – but it is probably not a format for the easily distracted. I am on GMT and the event was EDT – so it is in the evening for me (childrens dinnertime + software methodologies = a mess!)
Other than the sweetcorn on the floor though, I was pleasantly surprised.
I stumbled across a invitation for this event on Twitter about a week ago – it is hosted by CA Technologies. It was free to sign up, and they had some interesting keynotes from businesses that have trodden the path of moving from Waterfall to Agile and beyond United Airlines, CNN, GM Financial and a few other (the full list is on the CA website here.)
The most interesting keynote for me was GM Financial as this one showed a real work in progress transformation – quite unusual for this sort of event – in my experience delegates would only see the polished final article and not the journey to get there.
The best speaker of the event was Silvia Prickel, Managing Director at United Airlines. She brought a refreshing no-nonsense, senior business stakeholder attitude to the table – again a really useful insight into how differently senior managers think to the developers and testers for a IT project of this size.
Delegates that signed up came away with some useful whitepapers and a copy of a DevOps book that I have yet to have a really good look at (so I cannot really comment on it yet).
Here is the link to the recorded sessions if you want to check them out yourself.
Would I attend another one? Yes… I probably would so long as I could could guarantee some quiet time to do so. You don’t get the Networking experience that you would with a ‘in-person’ event – you don’t really see or hear from other ‘attendees’ bar the Q&A chat box, but if you can give it your undivided attention I think you can focus more on the information being given by the keynotes.
That and standing on sweetcorn in socks is just nasty.