I noticed on Twitter last night that there was going to be a 'Tester Mega Gathering'. Wanting to know more, I followed the link and found it was going to be part of the Let's Test event.
The blurb for the Mega Gathering says:
"We at Let’s Test are very proud to announce that Tony Bruce, the organizer of London Tester Gathering, will be the head of the Tester Mega Gathering at the conference. He comes with his expertise and experience in arranging these kind of networking events and hopefully this event will inspire more people to arrange Tester Gatherings in their home towns"
Sounds great and Tester Gatherings seem to be happening more often and in more places. Reading this, and knowing Tony Bruce for a while, got me searching through some old threads and I dug up this one from SQA Forums from July 2008.
In it, Tony was proposing a pint and chat in London for 1st August 2008. On the night itself I think there were around 6 of us. Mark Crowther was also part of the thread discussion but he didn't make it on the night. I've still yet to actually meet him in person but I am still connecting with him online and helping him with Ruby.
I don't think that when we had those pints just 3 1/2 years ago that Tony thought he would go on to become known as Mr Gathering. Full credit to him for taking this idea and making it happen.
Nor did I think that a few years later I'd be attending Tester Gatherings in Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Neither of which might not have happened if Tony hadn't started that thread and I hadn't replied. Which reminds me of another blog post I recently read The Work of Being Lucky