"Hi, where do I find the keynote session," I
asked the registration desk of the IT Service Management Forum
(itSMF) conference. "That's upstairs. Just follow the drumming."
Right, I thought.
IT conferences are generally pretty placid affairs. A lot of
seated suits, one speaker droning on underneath a screen of
PowerPoint notes, and so it goes for the rest of the day.
Imagine my surprise then when I walked into the itSMF
conference at Sydney's Convention Centre to find almost every
delegate pounding on a bongo drum in time with two showmen on
This went on for a good five or 10 minutes or so, without a
word spoken. The beat filled the room and delegates looked
entranced. As you can guess, it was quite a sight, and I was
beginning to wonder whether Microsoft had delivered some sort of
mindset "update" that morning when the drumming finally came to a
halt and rapturous applause.
The group, for the record, was called Rhythm of Life.
Obviously the session was scheduled during the middle of the
day to provide some light relief.
But this got me thinking, do conferences on such bland topics
as IT service management need raucous entertainment to ensure the
audience stays awake?
One delegate confirmed my hypothesis during the following
keynote. Listening to TransGrid CIO Tony Meehan talk about ITIL
and service management, I heard the unmistakable sound of snoring
to my left.
Sure enough, there was a middle-aged male delegate passed out in his seat, catching some serious zee's. After five minutes of attracting
curious glances from those around me, a nearby delegate politely brought him back to the land of the living.
Do you know this man? Or have you witnessed similar conference
hilarities? Let us know.