Jeff asked this in the comments:
Do you have experiences moving an organization to a culture of “it’ll probably work/we’ll deal with problems as they happen” from “you haven’t convinced me yet/what if it doesn’t work”?
What if you’re trying to effect change in your organization? Where do you start?
I talk a lot about post-mortems, started thinking about this a long time ago, and I’ve run quite a few.
I tend to think about meetings in general as post-mortems, as typical meetings tend to be for talking about what’s been done, and what we might do, rather than *actually doing work*. But we can change our meetings to be better.
Slides (as of this moment) are here: Mistakes were made. I changed quite a bit of the beginning and end, given how big the audience is. Previous talks, we’ve usually ended with a fun “omg, here’s the craziest story I know” session. I imagine we’ll get a little bit of that today.
I had a wonderful time at the first AdaCamp, held in Melbourne, Australia on January 14, 2012.
I didn’t take notes during most of the sessions, and spent a lot of time listening and thinking.
The two important things I took away from the first AdaCamp were about context – my context, and the camp itself.
So, I participated in BJ Fogg’s 3 Tiny Habits program last week. And now I’m running every day.
This isn’t a huge stretch for me – I ran cross country in high school, was a runner all through my 20s, and only in the last couple years have I sort of just let the running slide.
So, last month I decided I should start running again. Friends of mine are running and encouraging me to sign up for races. But, I just couldn’t do it. It was too dark, or my running clothes weren’t ready, or … I made up every kind of excuse.
Wow. I asked on twitter about podcasts people were listening to these days, and got a TON of responses.
Here’s the list (with the ones I subscribed to have ✓’s):
I’m going to be pretty busy while in Melbourne and Ballarat for the next 10 days.
Here’s my itinerary:
- AdaCamp Melbourne, Saturday, January 14, all day
- Geek Girl Dinner – Saturday, January 14, evening
- Gender-focused outreach panel, Monday, January 16, 11:30-12:20pm, Studio 2
- Scaling Data with Postgres, Monday, January 16, 4:05pm, Room C001
- Mistakes were made, Tuesday, January 17, 1:20pm, Room C001
There’s a rumor that Stewart Smith and I might do a Q&A about databases in the cloud. If it happens, it will involve lots of pessimism and swearing.
Drop me an note if you want to meet up! I’ll be in Ballarat until early Friday morning.
Then I fly back to LA to give a keynote at SCaLE that Sunday (blog post about that coming).
I leave in two days for Linux Conf AU, in Ballarat, Australia! This is my second LCA, and I’ve given talks internationally at least 10 times. For the past six months, I’ve used a short checklist to help make sure I don’t miss the important things (ticket, passport, underwear!).
Today, I took a little more time to prepare and share what I’m taking with me.