Of all the public speaking I do, the NFJS Conference Series has to be some of the most enjoyable. The venues are always nice, the crowds always intelligent and fun to interact with, and the speakers are all social and personable. Between then audiences and and other speakers, I think I learn as much as I teach at these shows. If you haven't been to one of these, you should... They are the gold standard people in the conference world judge against. I have been privileged enough to have been involved in one way or another since 2003.
This year I haven't spoken at nearly as many as I have in the past. Work and home commitments make it hard to take that many weekends. I'm happy to announce that I'll be speaking at the Greater Atlanta Software Symposium, October 23-25, and the Northern Virginia Software Symposium, Nov 6-8. Time permitting, I might be able to speak in another one this year too - we'll see.
I'll be covering some sessions on Agile Estimation Techniques, Career advice for developers promoted into management, and a couple of sessions on project-integrity tools for Java projects (like build tools, test coverage, metrics, and architectural quality).
I hope to see you there!