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Continuing Education at Work (RubyConf)

40be222374e709cae7543dee233fe2e1?s=47 Katherine Wu
November 10, 2016

Continuing Education at Work (RubyConf)

Abstract:
The list of things we want to learn is infinite. How many of us have marked talks to watch, or books to read, yet have never gone back to them (until our browser crashes and we lose everything that was in an open tab)? Left to my own devices, I often only learn what I directly need in my work, despite the best of intentions. It wasn’t until I started running a couple lightweight continuing education programs at work that I followed through on my goals around continuing to expand my technical knowledge base. This talk will discuss setting up programs to finally get yourself reading those technical books and watching technical talks. We’ll discuss strategies for making these programs low maintenance and long-lived, as well as flexible enough to help both more and less experienced folks. If you’ve been looking for a more structured approach to self-education, this talk is for you!

This talk was presented at RubyConf 2016 in Cincinnati, ~43 minutes: https://youtu.be/9uRho69xSAI
Blog post: http://kwugirl.blogspot.com/2015/10/continuing-education-at-work-talk.html

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Katherine Wu

November 10, 2016
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  1. CONTINUING EDUCATION AT WORK Katherine Wu @kwugirl Software Engineer

  2. @kwugirl PROGRAM OVERVIEWS WHY THIS IS A GOOD IDEA 3

    GENERAL PRINCIPLES PROGRAM DETAILS FINAL THOUGHTS
  3. PROGRAM OVERVIEWS

  4. @kwugirl technical book club PROGRAM OVERVIEWS >

  5. @kwugirl PROGRAM OVERVIEWS > TECHNICAL BOOK CLUB

  6. @kwugirl PROGRAM OVERVIEWS > TECHNICAL BOOK CLUB

  7. @kwugirl LunchConf PROGRAM OVERVIEWS >

  8. @kwugirl PROGRAM OVERVIEWS > LUNCHCONF

  9. @kwugirl PROGRAM OVERVIEWS > LUNCHCONF …and more!

  10. WHY THIS IS A GOOD IDEA

  11. @kwugirl WHY GOOD IDEA >

  12. @kwugirl “Book club gives me shiny hair and clear skin!”

    —someone
 WHY GOOD IDEA >
  13. @kwugirl “Book club gives me shiny hair and clear skin!”

    —someone
 “In just 3 visits, LunchConf made me grow 2 inches taller!” 
 —someone else WHY GOOD IDEA >
  14. @kwugirl “All of the learning, none of the stress!” WHY

    GOOD IDEA >
  15. @kwugirl “Watching conference talks is a whole different experience when

    you get to talk about them afterward.” WHY GOOD IDEA >
  16. @kwugirl WHY CONTINUING ED? WHY GROUP LEARNING? WHY AT WORK?

    WHY GOOD IDEA >
  17. @kwugirl WHY CONTINUING EDUCATION? WHY GOOD IDEA >

  18. @kwugirl it’s fun! WHY GOOD IDEA > CONTINUING ED

  19. @kwugirl good for your current job WHY GOOD IDEA >

    CONTINUING ED
  20. @kwugirl “LunchConf has been such a super thing for me

    :) 
 just totally used non-greedy regex in researching a customer issue” WHY GOOD IDEA > CONTINUING ED > CURRENT JOB
  21. @kwugirl “I get to notice all the gaps in my

    knowledge…before they become fatal flaws!” WHY GOOD IDEA > CONTINUING ED > CURRENT JOB
  22. @kwugirl good for your career WHY GOOD IDEA > CONTINUING

    ED
  23. @kwugirl WHY GROUP LEARNING? WHY GOOD IDEA >

  24. @kwugirl use peer pressure on yourself WHY GOOD IDEA >

    GROUP LEARNING
  25. @kwugirl active learning WHY GOOD IDEA > GROUP LEARNING

  26. @kwugirl “How come ch4 says ___, 
 but ch7 says

    ___? WHY GOOD IDEA > GROUP LEARNING > ACTIVE LEARNING
  27. @kwugirl “It’s the human interaction, hearing from others, explaining my

    thoughts, and getting instant feedback that really helps lock knowledge in for me.” WHY GOOD IDEA > GROUP LEARNING > ACTIVE LEARNING
  28. @kwugirl “I’m not the most social of people, and yet

    learning socially is how I learn best.” WHY GOOD IDEA > GROUP LEARNING > ACTIVE LEARNING
  29. @kwugirl learn more WHY GOOD IDEA > GROUP LEARNING

  30. @kwugirl WHY AT WORK? WHY GOOD IDEA >

  31. @kwugirl more convenient WHY GOOD IDEA > AT WORK

  32. @kwugirl take advantage of resources WHY GOOD IDEA > AT

    WORK
  33. @kwugirl make material more relevant WHY GOOD IDEA > AT

    WORK
  34. @kwugirl develop relationships WHY GOOD IDEA > AT WORK

  35. @kwugirl set the discussion WHY GOOD IDEA > AT WORK

  36. 3 GENERAL PRINCIPLES

  37. @kwugirl ADDS OVERHEAD GETTING STUCK MANAGING EASY TO DEPRIORITIZE GENERAL

    PRINCIPLES >
  38. @kwugirl make it GENERAL PRINCIPLES > adds overhead EASY

  39. @kwugirl make it GENERAL PRINCIPLES > getting stuck managing DISTRIBUTED

  40. @kwugirl make it GENERAL PRINCIPLES > easy to deprioritize USEFUL

  41. @kwugirl GENERAL PRINCIPLES >

  42. @kwugirl GENERAL PRINCIPLES > EASY E

  43. @kwugirl GENERAL PRINCIPLES > EASY E DISTRIBUTED D

  44. @kwugirl GENERAL PRINCIPLES > EASY E DISTRIBUTED D USEFUL U

  45. PROGRAM DETAILS

  46. @kwugirl GETTING STARTED DETAILS >

  47. @kwugirl pick your own starting point DETAILS > GETTING STARTED

    EASY USEFUL
  48. @kwugirl DETAILS > GETTING STARTED > STARTING POINT

  49. @kwugirl DETAILS > GETTING STARTED > STARTING POINT

  50. @kwugirl recruit participants DETAILS > GETTING STARTED

  51. @kwugirl gather a core group DETAILS > GETTING STARTED >

    RECRUIT DISTRIBUTED
  52. @kwugirl get different experience levels DETAILS > GETTING STARTED >

    RECRUIT USEFUL
  53. @kwugirl loop in mentors DETAILS > GETTING STARTED > RECRUIT

    USEFUL
  54. @kwugirl pick a consistent time and location DETAILS > GETTING

    STARTED DISTRIBUTED EASY
  55. @kwugirl discuss & set ground rules DETAILS > GETTING STARTED

  56. @kwugirl the first rule of book club is… DETAILS >

    GETTING STARTED > GROUND RULES EASY
  57. @kwugirl come to book club! DETAILS > GETTING STARTED >

    GROUND RULES EASY
  58. @kwugirl talk about motivations DETAILS > GETTING STARTED > GROUND

    RULES USEFUL
  59. @kwugirl if 2 people are around, will meet DETAILS >

    GETTING STARTED > GROUND RULES EASY
  60. @kwugirl it’s ok to disagree! DETAILS > GETTING STARTED >

    GROUND RULES USEFUL
  61. @kwugirl involve remote folks DETAILS > GETTING STARTED > GROUND

    RULES DISTRIBUTED
  62. @kwugirl ok to leave a talk DETAILS > GETTING STARTED

    > GROUND RULES USEFUL
  63. @kwugirl have a place to record things DETAILS > GETTING

    STARTED EASY USEFUL DISTRIBUTED
  64. @kwugirl RUNNING THE EVENTS DETAILS >

  65. @kwugirl moderating DETAILS > EVENTS

  66. @kwugirl commit to doing *all* the reading DETAILS > EVENTS

    > MODERATING USEFUL
  67. @kwugirl bring work examples DETAILS > EVENTS > MODERATING USEFUL

  68. @kwugirl create space
 for everyone DETAILS > EVENTS > MODERATING

    USEFUL
  69. @kwugirl “I’d like to hear a comment or question from

    someone who hasn’t spoken yet.” DETAILS > EVENTS > MODERATING USEFUL
  70. @kwugirl assign 2 moderators DETAILS > EVENTS > MODERATING DISTRIBUTED

  71. @kwugirl rotate assignments DETAILS > EVENTS > MODERATING DISTRIBUTED

  72. @kwugirl have a forum for continued discussion DETAILS > EVENTS

    EASY USEFUL DISTRIBUTED
  73. @kwugirl RESUSCITATING ATTENDANCE DETAILS >

  74. @kwugirl ask questions DETAILS > RESUSCITATING ATTENDANCE EASY

  75. @kwugirl light guilt-tripping DETAILS > RESUSCITATING ATTENDANCE

  76. @kwugirl remind of goals DETAILS > RESUSCITATING ATTENDANCE USEFUL

  77. @kwugirl CHOOSING THE NEXT THING DETAILS >

  78. @kwugirl choosing the next book DETAILS > NEXT EASY USEFUL

    DISTRIBUTED
  79. @kwugirl choosing the next talk DETAILS > NEXT EASY USEFUL

    DISTRIBUTED
  80. @kwugirl VARIATIONS ON A THEME DETAILS >

  81. @kwugirl DETAILS > VARIATIONS

  82. @kwugirl Business Time DETAILS > VARIATIONS

  83. @kwugirl Business Time Security Book Club DETAILS > VARIATIONS

  84. @kwugirl Business Time Security Book Club 5th Floor Book Club

    DETAILS > VARIATIONS
  85. @kwugirl Business Time Security Book Club 5th Floor Book Club

    Introvert Book Club! DETAILS > VARIATIONS
  86. @kwugirl DETAILS > VARIATIONS DISTRIBUTED

  87. @kwugirl rubybookclub.com DETAILS > VARIATIONS DISTRIBUTED

  88. @kwugirl “selfconf” DETAILS > VARIATIONS http://tech.forter.com/selfconf-empowering-group-learning-for-software-engineers/ EASY USEFUL DISTRIBUTED

  89. FINAL THOUGHTS

  90. @kwugirl don’t have to run these programs forever FINAL THOUGHTS

    > DISTRIBUTED
  91. @kwugirl adapt for the work culture you’re in FINAL THOUGHTS

    > EASY USEFUL
  92. @kwugirl may your bookmarks decrease in number! FINAL THOUGHTS >

  93. CONTINUING EDUCATION AT WORK Katherine Wu @kwugirl Software Engineer bit.ly/ContinuingEdAtWork

    DISTRIBUTED EASY USEFUL E D U
  94. @kwugirl THANKS FOR FEEDBACK & HELP PRACTICING! ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS > Adam

    V Alexis G Alice G Amy B Emily H Eric B Erika A Jason C Andrew G Cory J Daniel S David P Karl S Kelsey Y Ruby A Zoe K
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