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Continuing Education at Work (self.conference)

Continuing Education at Work (self.conference)

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 self.conference 2016 in Detroit.
Blog post: http://kwugirl.blogspot.com/2015/10/continuing-education-at-work-talk.html

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Katherine Wu

May 20, 2016
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  1. CONTINUING EDUCATION AT WORK Katherine Wu @kwugirl Software Engineer

  2. @kwugirl This document and the information herein (including any information

    that may be incorporated by reference) is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as an offer, commitment, promise or obligation on behalf of New Relic, Inc. (“New Relic”) to sell securities or deliver any product, material, code, functionality, or other feature. Any information provided hereby is proprietary to New Relic and may not be replicated or disclosed without New Relic’s express written permission. Such information may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Any statement that is not a historical fact or refers to expectations, projections, future plans, objectives, estimates, goals, or other characterizations of future events is a forward-looking statement. These forward-looking statements can often be identified as such because the context of the statement will include words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects” or words of similar import. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Existing and prospective investors, customers and other third parties transacting business with New Relic are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements are based on New Relic’s current assumptions, expectations, and beliefs and are subject to substantial risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and changes in circumstances that may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. Further information on factors that could affect such forward-looking statements is included in the filings we make with the SEC from time to time. Copies of these documents may be obtained by visiting New Relic’s Investor Relations website at ir.newrelic.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. New Relic assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. New Relic makes no warranties, expressed or implied, in this document or otherwise, with respect to the information provided.
  3. @kwugirl PROGRAM OVERVIEWS WHY THIS IS A GOOD IDEA 3

    GENERAL PRINCIPLES PROGRAM DETAILS FINAL THOUGHTS
  4. PROGRAM OVERVIEWS

  5. @kwugirl technical book club PROGRAM OVERVIEWS >

  6. @kwugirl PROGRAM OVERVIEWS > TECHNICAL BOOK CLUB

  7. @kwugirl LunchConf PROGRAM OVERVIEWS >

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

  9. WHY THIS IS A GOOD IDEA

  10. @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 >
  11. @kwugirl “All of the learning, none of the stress!” WHY

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

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

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

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

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

    CONTINUING ED
  17. @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
  18. @kwugirl “I get to notice all the gaps in my

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

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

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

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

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

    ___? WHY GOOD IDEA > GROUP LEARNING > ACTIVE LEARNING
  24. @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
  25. @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
  26. @kwugirl learn more WHY GOOD IDEA > GROUP LEARNING

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

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

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

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

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

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

  33. 3 GENERAL PRINCIPLES

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

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

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

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

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

  39. PROGRAM DETAILS

  40. @kwugirl GETTING STARTED DETAILS >

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

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

  43. @kwugirl DETAILS > GETTING STARTED > STARTING POINT

  44. @kwugirl recruit participants DETAILS > GETTING STARTED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    GROUND RULES USEFUL
  55. @kwugirl how to involve remote folks DETAILS > GETTING STARTED

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

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

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

  59. @kwugirl moderating DETAILS > EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    EASY USEFUL DISTRIBUTED
  67. @kwugirl RESUSCITATING ATTENDANCE DETAILS >

  68. @kwugirl ask questions DETAILS > RESUSCITATING ATTENDANCE EASY

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

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

  71. @kwugirl CHOOSING THE NEXT THING DETAILS >

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

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

    DISTRIBUTED
  74. @kwugirl VARIATIONS ON A THEME DETAILS >

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

    Introvert Book Club! DETAILS > VARIATIONS
  76. @kwugirl rubybookclub.com DETAILS > VARIATIONS DISTRIBUTED

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

  78. FINAL THOUGHTS

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

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

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

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

    DISTRIBUTED EASY USEFUL E D U
  83. @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
  84. @kwugirl This document and the information herein (including any information

    that may be incorporated by reference) is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as an offer, commitment, promise or obligation on behalf of New Relic, Inc. (“New Relic”) to sell securities or deliver any product, material, code, functionality, or other feature. Any information provided hereby is proprietary to New Relic and may not be replicated or disclosed without New Relic’s express written permission. Such information may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Any statement that is not a historical fact or refers to expectations, projections, future plans, objectives, estimates, goals, or other characterizations of future events is a forward-looking statement. These forward-looking statements can often be identified as such because the context of the statement will include words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects” or words of similar import. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Existing and prospective investors, customers and other third parties transacting business with New Relic are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements are based on New Relic’s current assumptions, expectations, and beliefs and are subject to substantial risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and changes in circumstances that may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. Further information on factors that could affect such forward-looking statements is included in the filings we make with the SEC from time to time. Copies of these documents may be obtained by visiting New Relic’s Investor Relations website at ir.newrelic.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. New Relic assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. New Relic makes no warranties, expressed or implied, in this document or otherwise, with respect to the information provided. SAFE HARBOR >