Following up from my earlier DevOpsDays DC, Day 1 post, here are some thoughts both from today, and from the conference as a whole.
- Nathen Harvey is an awesome organizer! Shout out for making everything smooth, and keeping people as comfortable as we can be while pushing us outside our comfort zones.
- At the opening of the conference, Nathen had everyone stand up, then sit us down by groups depending on answers to questions. For instance “have you been to a conference”, “have you been to DevOpsDays”. It was a great participatory method, and by the end a really effective visual indicator of the few really new people. Those people would have gotten lost in a sea of hands, or maybe have felt too nervous to raise their hand. See “pushing outside comfort zone”. That’s how we grow!
- The organizers sounded these really cool chimes, by hand, when it was time to assemble, or to notify a speaker they’re out of time. Really nice, human-centered way to get this done.
- Slide Karaoke! I’ll post a video when I get it. Fun way to get up in front of everyone and break the ice.