The "No Fluff, Just Stuff" Java symposium series got its start in April of 2001 in Denver, Colorado. The symposium director, Jay Zimmerman, hit upon this idea after having many discussions with clients and also through the Boulder Java User's Group (www.boulderjug.org) which he chairs. He found that there weren't any quality Java/Agility conferences that were locally based for developers to take advantage of that were very technically focused. The next step was to research current conference offerings and how to differentiate this symposium series. After completing the research process, it was decided the format of the symposium would be held over a long weekend (Friday-Sunday) because:
A. To allow for entire software development teams to attend as a collective rather than just one person from the group.
B. To allow the independent contractor to attend without giving up billable hours during the week.
C. To get the best technical speaker resources which happen to be practicing consultants
In addition, it was decided to cap attendance at 250 people. One of the key points of the "No Fluff, Just Stuff" Java Symposium Series is the high level of interaction between speaker and attendees at each conference. NFJS structure removes the barrier between speakers/attendees by having speakers attend other sessions and have breakfast/lunch with attendees thereby creating an informal atmosphere where people can come together and discuss issues and learn from each other. NFJS offers a consistent presence in each region the symposium is offered in by hosting a annual event in each city that becomes part of the NFJS tour. In 2007, NFJS will reach two milestones: over 100 events and some 20,000 total attendees.