Do you want to become more productive, learn more about the latest trends, tools, and technologies, or boost your testing skills to a new level? If you have answered at least one question with ‘yes’, then don’t look any further. Attend the Agile Testing Days, Europe’s greaTEST Agile Software Testing Festival, transform the way you do testing and become a testing rockstar in no time.
One thing is for sure: You won’t expand your knowledge and increase your performance if you just sit in the office day after day. You have to get out of your routine, sharpen your skills, expand your knowledge, meet new people and make valuable connections. And the best place to do that are the Agile Testing Days, a week-long learning festival designed especially for you, where you learn more in 5 days than in months.
The only challenge is to convince your boss to let you attend the Agile Testing Days. Asking your boss for approval can be tough, especially when it involves company funds. We know that every boss is different; however, if you follow our guideline step by step, we bet your boss will finally “get” the value of our conference. Our Convince Your Boss Kit includes both a guide for you, a Request Letter of Approval and a Conference Expenses Worksheet that you can present to your boss. Our Convince Your Boss Kit will make it easier for your boss to say “Yes”!
1. Build Your Conference Agenda:
Before talking to your boss about the conference, you need to familiarise yourself with the conference program. For the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Agile Testing Days, we are going to offer over 200 sessions consisting of 15 keynotes, 12 tutorials, 40 workshops, more than 100 talks, 60 bonus sessions and 10 social events. Pick your topic of interest from our wide range of themes, such as Agile Leadership, Test Automation, Blockchain, Security Testing, API Testing, AI, IoT and many more.
Study the program carefully from top to bottom, because our 100+ speakers have valuable knowledge to share with you in each session. With so many options available, the best thing is to create a list of your selection. It should show which days you will attend and you should outline the reason(s) behind your selected sessions, and - most important for your boss - you should list the benefits for your current or next project.
Remember to change the things in <brackets>!
Here are some suggestions:
A. By attending <name of the session> by <name of the speakers> I will learn more about <insert specifics> which aligns with our vision of <insert company/project>.
B. As an attendee, I will hear more about <insert tool, methodology or idea> to solve the problem of <insert type of problem> that I’m facing at work.
C. At Agile Testing Days, I will build professional connections with other <insert profession> to share new insights and learn more about <insert specific topic> from others.
2. Compile Hard Facts and Bare Figures:
Seeing things from your boss’ perspective sometimes is not easy. In order to get the approval, you have to talk the talk and walk the walk. Is your boss usually interested in hard facts and bare numbers?
Don’t worry! We have you covered again. Our AgileTD Facts and Figures of 2017 will leave your boss speechless. Last year the Agile Testing Days welcomed over 721 people from more than 20 countries representing 381 companies.
It is always important to remember that you will attend the conference on behalf of your company. Therefore, we have tons of arguments why your boss should send you to our conference. The best ones are collected in our blog post “How to Get Your Boss to Send You to the Agile Testing Days”. Feel free to use them for your presentation to your boss.
3. Your Request Letter of Approval
Now it is our turn to give your request a final push. We know that you are smart working yet have no time to write down an eloquently worded Request Letter of Approval. We created such a letter for you. You’re welcome!
Download the letter, remember to fill in the <brackets> and the Conference Expenses Worksheet and hand it in to your boss. Don’t forget to sign it!
4. Last but not least: It’s all about the Money, Money, Money
“Maximize the amount of money not spend!” This rephrasing of one of the Agile Manifesto’s principles mirrors perfectly our love for discounts. And who doesn’t love to save money? We provide several options to help you spend as less money as possible.
Luckily for you and your boss, we offer pretty affordable tickets at reduced prices. The Early Bird discount with 10% off on your registration ends September 9, 2018.
You could also participate in our “What happened to the code?”-Contest on Youtube. Write a nice ending to Bart Knaack’s story about the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Code and you could win a 2-Day Conference Ticket for the 3rd and 4th Conference Day.
Or you decide to join the Agile Testing Days with your team. No problem at all! The bigger the team, the bigger the saving. We have special group discounts. Just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.