My First OSCON
However, there were other sessions which I fully understood and were hugely useful to me. Like Sonya and Tori, I was so entranced with Dave Eaves’ Wednesday morning keynote speech that I sought him out a second time for Open Source 2.0: The Science of Community Management. As a person who came to the Java.net table bearing only soft skills, a couple of psychology degrees, and a long MB history, I felt both comfortable and enthralled with his discussions on negotiation theory. Meghan Gill’s Scaling Your Community by Nurturing Leaders had me thinking hard about how her experience with growing the MongoDB community could be applicable to a non-revenue based community such as ours.
On Thursday Paul Tashima was wonderfully plain-spoken to a room full of UX Design laymen, and his talk, Storytelling a Better User Experience, sparked my interest in learning more about how storytelling and design affects and enhances the time you spend online. In Effecting Organizational Change, Kane McLean shared his experiences with getting the emotional and rational mind working in conjunction to crack one of the toughest bureaucratic nuts of all (no pun intended), the United States Army, while Keith Fahlgren’s Analyzing How Developers Learn Online For Fun and Profit gave me a crash course in analytics and opened my eyes to Safari Books Online. I ended Thursday with Martjin and Ben’s discussion on how beer helps bring people together (there were other points, but, BEER) in Building a Free Java Community With Deep Roots. And, before catching my plane, I managed to squeak in Simon Phipps and Tony Wasserman’s Friday morning session, OSI – More Relevant Than Ever, which was an excellent opportunity to learn from two OS legends.
These discussions gave me lots of great ideas, some of which I hope to implement on Java.net. Next up for me is JaveOne2012!