Finally I have a little time to blog, so I'll talk briefly about the first presentation to which I assisted: "Agile Validation is Continuous and Collaborative: A Field Study of Agile Require[ments Validation]", by Rosalva Gallardo-Valencia. I wasn't particularly interested in the subject, however that was the only presentation given on Monday morning.
The researcher presented the results of a field study she conducted. She found out that in the Agile companies she surveyed, requirements are validated by the entire team in a continuous manner. She presented a UML sequence diagram with roles as "objects", where basically everyone ask questions to everyone else (product owner asks questions to the customer, developers ask questions to the product owner, etc.) to validate the requirements.
The presentation was not particularly interesting nor instructive, however I clearly saw a parallel with our efforts to integrate the test pilots in our development process a lot sooner, which is very good.