The second talk was dreamy, kind of a vision of what I would like to be doing for a living. It was a presentation of a big project this guy worked on, to analyze where the defects were coming in for a very large company's software product and then figure out, not just what could be done to reduce the defect introduction rate, but how to sell it to the people who needed to do it and the people who needed to pay for it. The bugs were broken down by criticality and origin area, and they came up with two easy ways to attack the most glaring bugs at the source: unit testing and code reviews. To be honest, the description of how he dealt with it politically was just as interesting to me as how he "fixed" the problem, because you can come up with all of the brilliant programs you want to and if you don't get buy in you're just blowing smoke out your **s. I want to figure out what kind of PhD this guy has and see if I can get one just like it.
Now it's time for lunch and I'm ravenous. Check in later after *gulp* my talk! (New theme: "She Blinded Me with Science.")