[Mono-dev] SPAM-LOW: Re: [Mono-list] Mono summit, options.

Charlie Poole charlie at nunit.com
Tue Jul 17 18:27:54 EDT 2007

> On Tue, 2007-07-17 at 17:13 -0400, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> > 	* Limit the presentations to a handful, on key topics.
>    Topics should probably be more task oriented than last 
> time.  So "This is how you embed the mono runtime" instead of 
> "This is how the mono runtime works".  This would be more 
> useful for most users.

Driving content by what people want is really powerful. Driving
it by what they want on the day of the event, even more so.

I've become a big advocate of the Open Space format for this 
reason. Done right, most sessions are proposed and hosted by a 
person who wants to learn something or solve a problem rather 
than by someone with a solution or tutorial to offer.

> > 
> > 	* Organize the rest in an un-conference style, kind of like a 
> > 	  BOF, where we get people together and people get to discuss
> > 	  things.
>     we probably at least need topics for these discussions, 
> so people asking their employers if they can go, have 
> something tangible they say they will be learning.

For Agile Open Northwest (http://agileopennorthwest.org) we sold out 
on the basis of two things: (1) the people who would be there to 
learn from and (2) some general topics that "might be discussed." 
Given the low cost, most people had little trouble getting an OK.


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