Teach a Man to Fish: Coaching Development Teams

Lorna Mitchell (09.Oct.2010 at 10:00)
Keynote at PHP North West 2010 (PHPNW10) (English - UK)

Rating: 5 of 5

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." so goes the famous Chinese proverb, and the same principle applies elsewhere in life. In development teams, we often recruit to fill skills gaps or to increase our output, which is time-consuming and expensive - and isn't always necessary. In this session we'll look at strategies for enabling our existing teams to perform better, by seeking and sharing knowledge, skills and processes.

There will be practical approaches for building an efficient, self-improving, sustainable team from the materials at hand ... your existing team! If you are a manager, technical lead, or aspire to improve yourself as a developer then you can look forward to some new ideas from this session.

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Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 10:55 by Kathryn Reeve (41 comments)

Interesting topic and good versant knowledge. Good pace.

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:10 by Martyn Ranyard (5 comments)

Great talk as always, inspirational and motivating. Might also want to add in the cost (in time) of getting a new developer up to speed with company practices, toolchains, systems etc. to the costs related to recruitment.

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:28 by Matt Cockayne (19 comments)

Great talk.. good coverage of topic, with lots of useful direction on what to do and how to do it to succeed in self improvement

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:29 by Antonis Pavlakis (67 comments)

There were so many excellent points! I especially liked your comment about training budget and attitude. Great talk :)

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:31 by Melanie Rhianna Lewis (18 comments)

Great talk! Wish my bosses had heard it! Lots to think about.

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:31 by Ian Barber (91 comments)

Interesting and different topic, good, helpful information. Great talk!

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:34 by Johanna Cherry (11 comments)

Great content, applicable to a wide range of developers

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:37 by Paul Borgermans (16 comments)

Very nice talk, very nice presenter, great start of the conference!

Thank you Lorna

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 11:51 by Dave Ingram (18 comments)

Very useful/informative talk, very well delivered. Always a pleasure to listen!

Rating: 4 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 12:11 by Nathan Lisgo (11 comments)

Good presentation, some useful tips.

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 12:22 by John Mertic (10 comments)

Great talk, will be taking it back to my organization.

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 12:34 by Ben Longden (35 comments)

Some great tips in there - really liked the link tuesday idea :-)

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 12:35 by Alex Mace (48 comments)

Loads of great tips, excellent pace, will try Conference Slide Karaoke out on my team :)

Rating: 4 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 13:13 by Rob Mills (10 comments)

Some great ideas to take back to work. Will be recommending the finder fee approach as we have a policy of not using recruitment agencies. Not sure my bosses will love 360 feedback but worth a try!

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 14:07 by Simon Griffiths (5 comments)

Some great ideas here to fill out our training strategy! Good work!

Rating: 3 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 17:17 by Dan Field (15 comments)

Some interesting ideas. Not sure all of them are possible but a select handful might work well.

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 19:32 by Andrew Collington (17 comments)

It was a good talk, and I especially like it when keynotes aren't exactly about PHP but somehow manage to cover what developers go through. Also really appreciated that Lorna was receptive to questions after the fact and answered them with just as much enthusiasm as the keynote speech had.

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Oct.2010 at 23:56 by Michelangelo van Dam (277 comments)

Top notch content, presentation and personality. Superb!

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 01:49 by Devis Lucato (21 comments)

Good one, useful and practical, I would suggest it to business/sales people too

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 14:14 by Daren Chandisingh (9 comments)

Lorna was coherent, spoke a lot of sense and was engaging - the time flew by. A great presentation, which made me consider some things I hadn't really thought about before, and offerent some suggestions I'll try to introduce back in the office.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 16:24 by Chris Lovell (26 comments)

A very professional and thought provoking talk, which I can see having some great applications for a great many people. Also particularly pleased to hear Bus Factor mentioned, which is a topic I am particularly fond of! Thank you!

Rating: 4 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 16:41 by Thijs Feryn (168 comments)

I could very much relate to the topic as I am dealing with people management as well.

Good talk, keep it up !

Rating: 3 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 17:03 by Craig Strong (12 comments)

Some suggestions are dependent on other factors in businesses and should be approached with consideration to risk and relevance. Overall presented very well though.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 17:20 by David Goodwin (63 comments)

Great talk. Well done lorna.

Rating: 4 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 17:45 by Elliot Ward (57 comments)

Great subject for the keynote, really good pace of delivery too. However, Lorna's use of high rising terminal can make her seem uncertain of the points she is making, which slightly undermines her delivery.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 18:33 by Jake Worrell (8 comments)

As the leader of a team myself I found a lot of this very interesting. Left me with a few ideas to try out and was great to have the rest of team responding positively as well. I found Lorna's delivery (as always) to be great - clear and "friendly".

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 18:36 by TaRaKa (9 comments)

Good talk with some useful tips.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 20:35 by Ryan Mauger (39 comments)

Plenty of awesome advice for everyone, from CEO's to managers to developers!

An Excellent choice for a keynote

Rating: 4 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 21:56 by Aman Chadha (4 comments)

Interesting Ideas. I think that the facts and figures presented may vary from Industry to Industry and organisation to organisation. Overall it was a Good talk!

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 22:22 by Gavin Taylor (47 comments)

I really enjoyed this talk, a great start to the day.

Completely agreed with the ideas/points raised, and look forward to passing them onto my team leader/senior management and hopefully integrating into our current training program.

Rating: 4 of 5

10.Oct.2010 at 22:40 by William Elworthy (1 comments)

I agree with the comments about this talk being an excellent choice for the keynote. The passion for the subject was clearly expressed and the clarity of the speaking was very good.

The topic and the information used was good.

Rating: 4 of 5

11.Oct.2010 at 08:06 by Matthew Vivian (12 comments)

Well presented, enjoyable and thought provoking. I would have appreciated more facts and figures but it was a great opener for the day.

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Oct.2010 at 13:14 by Alex Luneburg (84 comments)

This was a great talk to start of the conference, not least because it reminded us of how our learning and career development is totally in our hands so it's up to us to make the most of each opportunity. So make the most of the conference day while you're here!

I also really liked the inclusion of building some personal study time into your work schedule as an alternate way of receiving training/development support from your employer. I'm not sure how many employers allow this but I think it is an excellent idea that should be widely encouraged.

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Oct.2010 at 14:13 by Derick Rethans (71 comments)

Great talk, and well delivered!

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Oct.2010 at 14:17 by Michael Leach (7 comments)

Really enjoyable talk, lots of excellent points, clear and well structured. Especially useful to me as a relatively junior developer who is looking to join a development team for the first time, knowing what a company considers when looking for a new developer is useful when job hunting! Thanks for the talk!

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Oct.2010 at 17:37 by Chris Yallop (26 comments)

Have always used feedback from team members but never really went outside that circle. So shall do so now.

Also, it made me think about my own skills more and to note those weaker areas to strengthen. On the way up to the conference I started to have a go at code katas. Definitely worth doing for anyone wanting to improve their modelling skills.

Anyways, my brain is ticking on finding other fun ways to share the knowledge I've learnt here back at work.

Thanks for the talk.

Rating: 4 of 5

11.Oct.2010 at 21:47 by Tim Curzon (17 comments)

Good talk - lots of food for thought there. Looking forward to link Tuesdays. My team already has 3 slide karaoke sessions lined up.

Rating: 5 of 5

12.Oct.2010 at 09:27 by Rich Grundy (4 comments)

Good talk, with some interesting points.

Rating: 5 of 5

12.Oct.2010 at 10:45 by Tom Jowitt (8 comments)

A great keynote to open the conference and really well presented. Really enjoyed the bits on communicating with management to illustrate the business sense in constantly educating your developers. I just wish the IT management in my company had been there to see it too.

Rating: 4 of 5

12.Oct.2010 at 19:29 by Sebastian Marek (67 comments)

Very well delivered keynote. Some good ideas for team and self education. Amazed how well this fits into my experience with continuous integration!

Rating: 5 of 5

12.Oct.2010 at 20:58 by Andy Thompson (8 comments)

A well presented keynote and a good start to the event. I can see it being used in the future to help convince more managers to let their developers go to events and get training.

We're already using some of the sharing ideas, including slide karaoke at our developer evening next week.

Rating: 4 of 5

13.Oct.2010 at 01:47 by Craig Marvelley (13 comments)

Thought the topic was perfect for putting people in the right frame of mind for the day ahead. Will be using slide karaoke to disseminate to colleagues at work, a great idea!

Rating: 5 of 5

13.Oct.2010 at 15:46 by hilary@familyboyce.co.uk (5 comments)

Excellent start to the day, clear and motivational. I do love to see training/development encouraged. If we don't want to learn we are in the wrong business.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Oct.2010 at 18:58 by Phil Norton (35 comments)

Interesting and engaging talk with lots of neat ideas from how to keep up to date with technologies to how to undertake training with minimal cost. I will be trying a few of them out myself :)

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