Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural meeting of the new Sydney Business and Technology User Group (or, as I like to refer to it, sbTug). Craig Bailey announced the group a week or so ago and I was very impressed with the great turnout of people from all over the community. The group aims to be a high-level technical and business group, particularly aimed at technical managers and senior technical people (more details on the site) and provides an excellent opportunity to connect with others in the same field and to discuss important issues facing managers and senior technical people.

The standard format for meetings is networking and dinner followed by a business topic and then a technical topic. This month, Craig delivered the business topic - 5 Mistakes Software Managers Make. I was particularly impressed with the way Craig could draw on his specific experiences to make points that are generally applicable. Very appropriately, the technical topic was delivered by Adam Cogan and was an overview of the (relatively) new Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals.

The group meets on the last Wednesday of the month, so the next one is June 27 - put it in your diary now!.