Starred notes from Kalamazoo X 20150
We made it back to Kalamazoo X this year for another day of soft skills, and I have to say it was even better the second time around. 🙂
Similar to the CodeMash post a couple months ago, here’s my set of bullet point take-away’s from each of the sessions. They may be taken out of context, and are absolutely tainted with my perspective and interpretation – but hopefully they encourage you to catch these talks at other conferences. Every one of the speakers had a great message and is worth taking the time to hear.
Jeff Blankenburg (@jeffblankenburg) – Be A Beginner
- Beginners learn, experts know. Wouldn’t you rather be learning?
- Somebody being better than you, doesn’t mean you’re not an expert (i.e. there’s not only one expert).
- After 7-8 years, inspiration fades.. then what?
- Give permission to fail, it encourages risk taking.
Cori Drew (@coridrew) – Ignition: Geek Parenting’s Lessons Learned…so far
- Git is a gateway drug (amen).
- The saying “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” is not true at all for our industry.
- Kids learn much better from each other than adults.
- Let your kids epic fail, you don’t have to sugar coat everything.
Jim Holmes (@aJimHolmes) – Growing Into Leadership
- Who can you help be more awesome?
- You’ll seldom regret stepping away from the keyboard.
- Give your team a safe place.
- A leader makes their team awesome, not themselves.
Alan Stevens (@alanstevens) – Values Driven Development
- In software, there’s always compromise. There is no flawless system.
- It doesn’t matter how well you build the wrong thing.
- The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
Cory House (@housecor) – Confessions of a Technical Speaker: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour
- Manufacture urgency to get things done.
- I’m not the best, nor am I the worst. That’s OK and I can still be valuable.
- Risk is an irreversible bad outcome. What is truly irreversible?
- People chose you over alternatives, they want you to succeed.
Jay Harris (@jayharris) – Conviction
- Talent is critical, and more important than passion.
- Find yourself at the end of each day better than when you started.
- Success shouldn’t be hitting your goals, it should be all the milestones on the way.
- Figure out your talents, get paid to use them.
Dawn E. Kuczwara (@digitaldawn) – Give Up!
- To pick up something new, you must let go of something old.
- Figure out what you are still doing that isn’t helping you to your goals.
- Holding on to something may be blocking somebody else’s chance to grow.
Elizabeth Naramore (@ElizabethN) – The Beauty of a Beginner’s Mind
- Todo’s are a long pointless grind.
- The more you do something, the more your brain will grow to accommodate.
- Time spent learning is never wasted.
- You have 2.5hrs each day where you account to nobody.
Kalamazoo X is well worth the time, very open and inviting, and extremely affordable. Thanks again to the speakers, participants and most of all organizers for making it so memorable. 🙂