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Keynote: 12 lessons learned from 9 years of community work

Keynote: 12 lessons learned from 9 years of community work

PyCon NA 2020 keynote - https://na.pycon.org/


Honza Javorek

February 19, 2020


  1. years of community work 12 9 lessons learned from

  2. Honza Javorek ? @honzajavorek

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  4. honzaja vorek.cz junior.guru

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  6. Learn by organizing 1

  7. 2009-2010

  8. 2011

  9. 2011 Pyvo

  10. I got better in organizing, networking, and sourcing speakers

  11. I got better in Python

  12. I got to learn some Ruby too, eventually... 2013-2015, RIP

  13. I didn't give a talk at Pyvo until 2012

  14. I started a meetup because I wanted to learn the

  15. I started a meetup because I wanted to learn the

    topic (BYO speakers)
  16. org lecturer

  17. btw Petr Viktorin @encukou

  18. Starting their courses and sessions because they want to learn

    the topic
  19. Starting their courses and sessions because they want to learn

    the topic (BYO lecturers)
  20. Choose the right event for your town 2

  21. Brno Prague

  22. Ostrava!!!

  23. Ostrava!!! Pyvo #1

  24. Ostrava!!! Pyvo #2

  25. Ostrava!!! Pyvo #3

  26. Pyvo is a networking event

  27. Networking is interesting especially for people with advanced knowledge

  28. Where do we get them in a town with not

    many Python people?
  29. We teach!

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  31. Your town isn't too small for events specialized to Python

  32. Perhaps networking event isn’t the best fit for your town

  33. They didn’t know it was impossible so they did it

    3 -- Mark Twain
  34. what about impossible I just do it? (help if you

    want) do it…! maybe start smaller! doubting Thomases actual Thomas
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  36. Kick off alone, but replicate in time 4

  37. I just did it efficient!

  38. community website scales better but agreeing is slow

  39. new version of the website? efficient! big changes? impossible

  40. which projector to buy? efficient! impossible

  41. Just do it! Kick off alone, then request comments

  42. BUT

  43. org lecturer efficient! 2 in 1 (for a start)

  44. org lecturer GOD!

  45. org lecturer prevents replication being GOD burn out leads to

  46. Don’t be a GOD (for too long)

  47. org lecturer hmm… I can become an org hmm… I

    can become a lecturer
  48. Documentation!

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  53. Your job isn’t done yet if you’re the only one

    doing it 5
  54. Organizing Brno Pyvo for 5 years? From Prague?

  55. Hiring orgs, sharing tasks, rotating shifts

  56. Meetup still exists without its founder 2011-2020

  57. Meetup still exists without its founder very proud parent face

    tears omg
  58. PyCon CZ PR & Social Media prevents replication being GOD

    burn out leads to
  59. Apprentice!

  60. Hire

  61. Share tasks

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  63. Ideally all PyCon CZ orgs were teams of at least

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  65. Write docs

  66. Move on 2015 Brno 2016 Brno 2017 Prague 2018 Prague

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  68. If you quit without handover, everything you've built gets LOST

    and you achieved NOTHING
  69. Sharing tasks and raising apprentices postpones burn out

  70. Create a life cycle of motivations 6

  71. org lecturer hmm… I can become an org hmm… I

    can become a lecturer
  72. org lecturer wants to give back attendee coach wants to

    teach or gives back by organizing wants to get better at teaching wants to teach or gives back by teaching easy easy
  73. Volunteering must not feel like a job 7

  74. Your free time, your rules

  75. Overcommunicate! Don't let people assume!

  76. Let people know you're working (so they know they can

    count on you)
  77. Let people know you're NOT working (so they can replace

    you in time)
  78. NO BLAME Responsibility? Replaceability!

  79. Common goals can beat antipathies 8

  80. hates loves likes dislikes hates not sure about ?

  81. likes helps respects respects likes helps !

  82. From feminists to libertarians, we all unite in believing in

    Zen of Python
  83. Secret sauce: RESPECT

  84. Control < Service Unification < Federation 9

  85. From the very beginning we talk, visit, and work across

  86. Until today, we talk, visit, and work across ALL GROUPS

  87. There is no boss

  88. power, decisions work

  89. services power, decisions, work

  90. Control < Service

  91. pyvo.cz pyvo.cz?

  92. pyvo.cz pyworking.cz python.cz/en/events

  93. pyvo.cz pyworking.cz python.cz/en/events pydata.cz

  94. Unification < Federation

  95. Open by default drives engagement 10

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  97. added as #pydata org hmm #pyladies hmm #pyconcz helping to

    coach contributing with a PyData track
  98. Public Relations is also work 11

  99. knows nothing talks a lot shares stuff on F B

    celebrity knows everything works a lot doesn't spend life on F B invisible
  100. sooooo fake superficial undeserved fraud

  101. Public Relations sells the work of others

  102. Public Relations is important!

  103. Public Relations is a honest work

  104. Public Relations is a skill not so many people can

  105. Not so many people want to be so visible

  106. Modesty is okay, self-loathing* is not *hello impostor syndrome

  107. Community work pays off 12

  108. I like to create stuff which helps others

  109. Helping others is GREAT FEELING

  110. I've invested tons of free time

  111. I've got tons of friends, opportunities, soft skills, references, and

    good job offers back
  112. I've learned Open Source or how to give a talk

  113. Being an introvert, I was forced into social skills -

    I had to get my job done regardless my anxieties still not able to call strangers btw
  114. I've learned how to organize an event e.g. wedding

  115. I'd be NOBODY without the Python community

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  117. 1 Learn by organizing 2 Right event for your town

    3 Do impossible 4 Kick off alone, but replicate 5 Don't quit without handover 6 Life cycle of motivations 7 Volunteering is not a job 8 Common goals beat antipathies 9 Service, Federation 10 Open by default 11 Fight impostor syndrome 12 Community work pays off