Wednesday, April 21, 2010

If only Hyderabad was London...

Now that the volcanic ash ordeal is almost over as the Heathrow opens, I should not be hurting the sentiments of stranded travelers .As all of you know, last few days flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries had been suspended as ash from a volcano erupted in Iceland .

The world's third busiest airport Heathrow had come to the standstill and many passengers stranded. This was a huge business loss. And some of the great leaders in the industry were stuck in London too.

As we know time is the most precious gift of god to mankind, some of these people tried to make use of their time.
My guru James Bach offered to hold testing seminar for people near Oxford and wonderful opportunity to discuss testing over dinner with him for individuals. That was a killing man!!!

And also a group of intellectuals like who Jeff Sutherland, Uncle Bob Martin, Kevlin Henney, Tom Gilb, Roy Osherove and Steve Freeman who were also stuck, created a whole conference and named it Open Volcano - An ad-hoc conference in London triggered by Eyjafjallaj√∂kull.  The entry was free for many.

Now not being very selfish, but I would have loved to attend both of these events and learn. I believe best of the things in life come for free and rest all illusions have a fee. 

So this was the time when I wished if only Hyderabad was London. 

Hoping for a safe journey for all the passengers to their respective destinations.

7 comments:

  1. I wish that we could have such kind of Testing Events or conferences organized in India as well on a regular basis. I wish our testing community to be proactive and reach out for these events. Mostly i feel that because of the higher registration fees people in India do not want to go by themselves for such events, they want their companies to sponsor for these and the company mostly does not feels the need for the same unless their manager sees a potential Tester who should be exposed to the world.
    Just my views.

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  2. @Madhukar Jain,

    >> I wish that we could have such kind of Testing Events or conferences organized in India as well on a regular basis.

    There was STC09 conference held in Nov 2009 Bangalore. BWST02 in April 2010 in Bangalore.

    >> Mostly i feel that because of the higher registration fees people in India do not want to go by themselves for such events, they want their companies to sponsor for these...

    I fail to understand one policy. Suppose we don't invest this year for our learning, will someone else sponsor our learning next year? Why do we wait for others to sponsor our education and learning? This post by Pradeep Soundararajan is a good eye-opener: http://testertested.blogspot.com/2009/10/title-1-investment-plans-for-software.html

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  3. @Madhukar,

    Sure Madhukar, the testing community is getting informative, bigger, and collaborative.

    I myself curse myself sometimes for not able to attend to most of such events. But I would say that is a conscious decision which I make considering other priorities in my life. My Bad!!!(?)

    @Ajay

    Wonderful point when you say that why should we not spend something for our education and learning.

    Why do we wait for others to sponsor our education and learning?
    Good question... I would say you should have not used term learning as that is not a commodity, can not be bought or is not a service that you can pay for. Sadly, Education today is.

    Sometime back I read Naresh Jain's view on the related topic and I liked the view. Read that here. (http://blogs.agilefaqs.com/2010/03/29/subsidizing-the-cost-of-conferences/)

    I hope one day the whole education of the world would be free (as in beer). Thanks wikipedia for the concept.

    And yeah there would certainly be ways to monetize it so that there is a monetary motivation also for the contributors... Donation is a good way.

    However, organizers today are charging students/attendees not because they are greedy but because they need to figure out a better business model yet.

    On a personal note, I am open to pay for education if I can perceive I it valuable. Thanks.

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  4. Gods are too kind with me...

    I was wishing if only Hyderabad was London and God said...

    Don't worry we have something for you in Hyderabad too. Uncle Google is organizing the best test automation conference right here in Hyderabad, few steps from my office. Read announcement here. GTAC 2010

    I am excited. Hope I get to attend

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  5. @Shukla

    A Poll on Automation Testing:

    Which languages (Programming or Scripting) are the ones being most frequently used in Test Automation?

    A) Java
    B) Ruby
    C) Python
    D) C#

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