Tue, 16 February 2016
Even the cloud natives get sick from time to time, which is how Andrew and I start this Pivotal Conversations episode out, talking about how we deal with decreasing status bars while we're sick. We spend the bulk of our time discussing what you can expect to get out of conferences and unconferences.
Coming this fall, August 1st to 4th, we have a new conference, Platform SpringOne coming up that launches this discussing. We talk about what we're planning for this conference: a good mix of all the roles, technical and business facing that make up cloud native culture. In bringing these roles together, one of the things we're looking to do is help people cross the "silos" they normally operate in and try to get to that "integrated team" effect that cloud native approaches espouse so much. I comment that this seems like a continuation of Andrew's talk from AgileRoots 2009 where he pitches agile-minded developers to start paying attention to operations more.
Also, having recently run an unconference at an internal, Pivotal conference, we discuss how unconferences function. That discussion provides a good example of how building trust and rapport with your co-workers can make things are mundane as "meetings" more productive and useful. I liked the mechanics of the unconference, in particular that Andrew went over the "rules" of OpenSpaces style conferences, which encourage people to find conversations they like and feel free to move get up and find another talk if they're looking for different topics.
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