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Mentoring : What, Why, and How? (PyCon India 2017 Keynote)

Noufal Ibrahim
November 04, 2017

Mentoring : What, Why, and How? (PyCon India 2017 Keynote)

My presentation for the keynote at PyCon India 2017. The actual slides were done by hand using a pen and inks and scanned. This is the beamer version which I created for upload and as a reference.

Noufal Ibrahim

November 04, 2017
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  1. Mentoring - What, Why, and How
    PyCon India 2017, New Delhi
    Noufal Ibrahim
    November 2, 2017

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  2. Outline
    Introduction
    What?
    Why?
    How?
    The Oath of the Mentor
    The End
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  3. Introduction

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  4. Who am I?
    ˆ I'm Noufal
    ˆ Founder of Hamon Technologies, Pipal Academy, and The
    Lycæum
    ˆ Involved with the rst PyCon India in 2009
    http://baijum.blogspot.in/2009/09/few-moments-from-pycon-india-2009.html
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  5. My own journey
    ˆ 2001 to 2009 - Regular job in the industry
    ˆ 2010 - Started freelancing
    ˆ Started formal corporate training in 2010
    ˆ Started student mentoring in 2014
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  6. Mentoring
    ˆ This talk is about the training/mentoring parts of my life
    ˆ It's broken into three parts
    ˆ What? - To dene our terms
    ˆ Why? - To justify the eort
    ˆ How? - Operational details
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  7. A Mentor
    ˆ A mentor is an "experienced and trusted advisor"
    ˆ Mentoring is a long term advisorial relationship between a
    mentor and a mentee
    ˆ Transmission of knowledge
    ˆ More importantly, transmission of accumulated wisdom
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  8. Is it teaching?
    ˆ Knowledge dispersion
    ˆ Teaching
    ˆ Mentoring
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  9. Moral responsibility
    Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
    R. W. Emerson
    ˆ Send the lift back down when you reach the top
    ˆ Remember that someone sent it back to you
    ˆ Don't imagine that you didn't have any mentors or help to get where you are
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  10. Keep the profession alive
    Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its
    pupils. Louis Hector Berlioz
    ˆ Keep the profession alive and progressing
    ˆ No one wants new engineers to start from square one every time
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  11. Hiring
    Mentor : Someone whose hindsight can become your
    foresight. Anonymous
    ˆ Helps to cultivate good talent for your organisation
    ˆ A place where you can take in the average people with high potential
    ˆ And grow them into assets
    ˆ Rather than waste time hunting for ninjas and rockstars
    ˆ Compensates for the failure of the technical education system
    ˆ A good x for the hiring problem and culture t
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  12. Useful to the mentor as well
    To teach is to learn twice over. Joseph Joubert
    ˆ You have to know something really well to teach it
    ˆ Allows you to revisit and rene all your assumptions
    ˆ Makes you better at your craft.
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  13. Caveats
    Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add
    what is specically your own. Bruce Lee
    ˆ Mentoring is intensely personal
    ˆ There is no "one size ts all" approach
    ˆ These thoughts are unstructured and my own opinions
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  14. The Socratic Method
    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
    Mark van Doren
    ˆ Questions reveal assumptions and gaps in understanding
    ˆ Be bridges over these gaps and encourage students to cross you
    ˆ Then collapse and encourage them to build bridges of their own
    ˆ Don't just tell them what's on the other side
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  15. Repetitio Est Mater Studiorum
    Long term consistency trumps short term intensity
    Bruce Lee
    ˆ Bogging early students with details can hurt momentum
    ˆ Help them develop the mindset to keep improving themselves
    ˆ Specic details can come later
    ˆ Learning after all is cyclical and comes only by repeating and rening what you know
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  16. Nurture Resilience
    Success consists of going from failure to failure without
    loss of enthusiasm. W. Churchill
    ˆ The fear of failure (and being seen as "stupid") is a huge obstacle
    ˆ Actively encourage people to fail repeatedly so that they lose this fear
    ˆ Impress upon people that without failure, there is no progress at all
    ˆ Make examinations diagnostic tools rather than instruments of judgement
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  17. Kindle Ambition
    It takes discipline to focus only on high-value targets
    instead of giving in to the temptation of the
    low-hanging fruit life serves up daily Mark Divine
    ˆ Simple exercises and tasks have their place but you should continuously push harder
    ˆ People have a lot of potential. Don't be the crutch that prevents them from realising it
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  18. Respect Students
    The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
    R.W. Emerson
    ˆ Students have dierent potentials and skills
    ˆ And also dierent obstacles to overcome and enemies to conquer
    ˆ Your job is to realise this and guide them on their journey
    ˆ Don't be a bully
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  19. Remember how hard it was
    The expert at anything was once a beginner. Helen
    Hayes
    ˆ We forget how hard it was
    ˆ Some things we take for granted are hard for beginners
    ˆ Try teaching yourself to write with your non dominant hand
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  20. Criticism and Feedback
    Criticism is a necessary evil. Don't make it more evil
    than necessary. Me
    ˆ Criticism and course correction are vital
    ˆ If done wrong, they can destroy a person
    ˆ Don't berate or publicly insult a person
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  21. Don't Let Your Ego Come In The Way
    The teachers who get "burned out" are not the ones
    who are constantly learning, which can be exhilarating,
    but those who feel they must stay in control and ahead
    of the students at all times Frank Smith
    ˆ Many teachers feel hurt or inadequate when their students exceed them
    ˆ They react negatively and this hurts the relationship
    ˆ Don't. There's no greater sign of success than a student who has exceeded your own skill
    ˆ That's progress for the whole community and it would not have happened without you
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  22. Don't Be A Drug And Make Your Mentee A User
    The greatest sign of a teacher... is to be able to say
    "The children are now working as if I did not exist."
    Maria Montessori
    ˆ It's a heady feeling when you have a small army of people who look up to you
    ˆ Get rid of that feeling
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  23. Be mentorable
    For every person who wants to teach, there are
    approximately thirty people who don't want to learn
    much. W.C. Sellar
    ˆ Don't be so full of yourself that you refuse to listen and learn
    ˆ Don't let your own ego come in the way of receiving guidance
    ˆ Don't enjoy your apparent status and think that being a student somehow makes you
    worse
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  24. The Oath of the Mentor

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  25. The Oath of the Mentor
    The crowd at the registration desk gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not
    end until the end of the sprints.
    I shall speak no jargon, feign no surprise, well no actuallys, and avoid all subtle
    isms.
    I will remember what it was like to be a beginner.
    I shall wear no crowns and seek no glory in geeking out with all my conference
    mates, and instead will drop anything at a moment's notice to help any beginner
    with sympathy, patience and a smile.
    I am the mentor in the darkness.
    I am the friendly coach in the halls.
    I am the dunderinit for new happy programmers.
    I pledge my life and honor to the Beginners Watch, for this day, and all the
    scheduled conference days to come.
    Harry Percival (@hjwp
    ) & Nicholas Tollervey (@ntoll
    )
    With apologies to George R. R. Martin
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