They're going to have the PSQT/PSTT 2002 North here in the Twin Cities in September.
Has anyone here ever gone to this, and what did you think? Is it worth the money they charge?
I'm also curious to see what kind of attendance they may end up with this year. Money is really tight everywhere, and I've been hearing a lot of talk about discontinuation of all kinds of enrichment programs, memberships and sponsorships. (ie; Mercury is discontinueing its' sponsorship of this forum)
I've never been to one. I just cannot afford the fees they charge, and so far, haven't worked for a company who was willing to put out the $ for it.
The prepaid cost is;
<LI>Tutorial per Day $445
<LI>2-Day Conference $795
<LI>2-Day Conference + 1 Tutorial $1,240
<LI>2-Day Conference + 2 Tutorials $1,685
<LI>2-Day Conference + 3 Tutorials $2,130 [/list]
I thought the 2 day conference itself was very good the first year, but that was because I was pretty new to QA and was able to realize that this is something that other companies do, and start to learn some of the lingo.
In past years, I've attended the tutorials, rather than the conference itself, because that stuff seems to be less repetitive and gets deeper into the topics. It's been hit or miss with the tutorials. Last year I signed up for an "advanced" tutorial, which had materials you couldn't possibly get through in 2 weeks let alone 6 hours, and I learned the definition of performance and stress testing - pretty disappointing.
I doubt I'll attend this year - for budget reasons, and also because I'll still be on maternity leave.
I've attended the conference in the past as well (also in the Twin Cities). My experience is that my manager (new to QA Testing) attended the 2 day conference and he learned alot of high-level information which in turn helped him perform his role better. The QA staff attended the daily tutorial classes, and as mentioned prior, are kinda hit'n'miss. The ones that hit the target were extremely well worth it though.