There are many good reasons to not go to every talk possible when attending conferences. However increasingly it became hip to boast about avoiding going to talks – encouraging others to follow suit. As a speaker, that rubs me the wrong way and I’ll try to explain why.
Every so often, I come across some conference talk which is highly interesting in terms of its actual contents, but which unfortunately is presented in a less than ideal way. I’m thinking of basic mistakes here, such as the presenter primarily looking at their slides rather than at the audience. I’m always feeling a bit sorry when this happens, as I firmly believe that everyone can do good and even great talks, just by being aware of — and thus avoiding — a few common mistakes, and sticking to some simple principles.
Tech conferences are something that I will never understand. I usually lose the speaker in the first 2 minutes and spend the rest bored. In general I don't think presentations are a good way of conveying technical ideas. I find live coding in particular super confusing.
Kieran McHugh (@kieranmch)Tue, 10 May 2022 20:26 +0000
Every single time I come back from a conference my brain is like “gotta learn this this this this and this” Takes me a few hours to process everything and decide what I want to actually look into and what I want to bench forever.
Richard Bagshaw (@bagwaa)Sat, 02 Oct 2021 17:24 +0000
Some exciting job and knowledge-sharing news (4 mins read).
Moving into Quality Engineering, publishing Chef training courses, conference speaking about Chef at OggCamp and the complex mess that is this very static website at DevOpsDays London.
Hackference 2017 (8 mins read).
My summary of the Hackference 2017 conference and hackathon.
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