0x0F Ways to be a Better Developer


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Good talk, really nice to hear you talking about health which I also think is really important. Works for me anyway. Mental health also very important.. people should check out mindfulness in order to become really really good ;)

Good session but a little distracting having the split screens.

Anonymous at 10:24 on 5 Oct 2013

I enjoyed the talk. It was interesting to hear about how to be a better developer without talking about any code.

Great talk. both made the split screen, split preservation work well!

Great talk, the split screen worked well

Rich Sage at 10:34 on 5 Oct 2013

Really enjoyed this, and it was a good dynamic between the two rooms. Both Lorna and Ivo presented well, and lots to take away from this to become better!

Lorna and Ivo are always great speakers and this talk was no exception. In a unique way, split across, two rooms with a speaker in each, it gave great guidance about how developers can improve themselves, technically, mentally and physically. Recommended.

Great talk to get a conference started

As inspiring as keynotes come. Good kickoff, and kudos for the venue's tech staff for the split rooms.

Nice! The split room worked out well and the talk was really inspiring! Time to find those new people and figure out my #linktuesday link... ;-)

Fab talk, loved the split screen.

Very inspiring talk! Well prepared and well given by two top notch speakers. I really liked the original experimental two room split experience. It went pretty well and smooth. Just a small remark about Ivo walking everytime on the stage back and forth. It makes you a bit more difficult to follow and listen to at some point. Thanks again to both speakers and organization team for this great keynote.

Two enthusiastic speakers, and the two-room experiment worked pretty well for a keynote speech. Plenty of good material to give thought. Shame about the lack of kittens though, a frog doesn't really have the same effect (despite its being a cute frog)... thank goodness for http://www.emergencykitten.com/kitten/7f33e8de

Really enjoyed the speech - the two rooms thing worked really well. Two very good speakers, easy to follow and some very good points in there.

Great keynote - and very encouraging to people new to PHPNW (like me). I liked the Dunning Kruger slides - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect.

Having spent years in the Drupal community, it's refreshing to hear the enthusiasm about joining the PHP community - the Drupal community seems to becoming very formulaic and turgid.

Loved the format very unique

Inspiring talk.

Awesome and inspiring talk. Very well delivered. Great work on the cross room delivery.

Interesting talk - good tips. Ivo did pace back & forth quite quickly though which was a little distracting. Interesting using the split room idea, worked well (apart from Lorna's mic dropping out briefly). Overall a great talk though, I have learnt!

Great and very enthusiastic talk! I really enjoyed it, and several suggestions are very helpful.

Thanks a lot!

Fantastic keynote! Lorna and Ivo together is a good combination, the message they were getting across was good and clear. The technology of doing it across two different rooms with a video link was mindblowing. Very well executed. Thank you!

Good speakers and thought the two screens worked well. I appreciate the need to cater talks for all experience levels but even then I thought some of the points covered were a bit too simple - how to google, checking stackoverflow and then advising to exercise and sleep/eat well.

A great talk with an excellent delivery. What a great idea to do the talk on two different rooms. Excellent!

An interesting talk with a great execution across two rooms. Was a memorable keynote and a good way to open the conference even if I didn't draw too much from it for myself

Great talk, happy that I'm doing most of the things already (apart from maybe, you know, the keeping fit bit?).

Interesting setup having it done across two rooms... I originally thought (when I came in, and Ivo was on the screen, but not on the stage) that Ivo was doing the talk by teleconference :)

I don't think I've seen Lorna talk before, but it was obvious that she was comfortable and enthusiastic.

Really liked the split screen.

Great keynote. Really interesting topic which both speaker were obviously passionate about. It certainly gave me food for thought and I'm looking forward to reading the book Lorna plugged ;)

The split screen approach was a good solution to the room size problem, and it was great to see it work so well. I liked the talk as an opening keynote because there was something for a wide range of audiences. Next year can we get holograms? :)

A good talk. Lots of useful interesting things covered.

As another commenter has said so of the things about Googling/stackoverflowing was a bit too simple.

The split screen worked quite well.

Lorna spoke and presented really well but I feel Ivo paced about the stage far too much whilst talking.

Split screens were cool! Can Ivo speak without walking? :-)

Good key note, covered a lot of areas that we all *should* know but probably don't. As simple as knowing how to ask a question can make a big difference.

Technically, the split-room worked well, though with the repeated pacing back and forth Ivo did and the camera following him, did make it slightly distracting. Probably wouldn't have been as noticeable if he was on stage in front of me.

And a nice touch with the frog, even drawing attention to the fact we need to pause and decompress when learning.

Good start to the conference. Split screen/dual presenter worked well & interactions between Lorna & Ivo added to the talk. Some points within the talk carried on a bit too long but mostly worked well.

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Anonymous at 18:21 on 5 Oct 2013

Good talk and a great way to start the conference off. The split room worked well, but Ivo walking backwards and forwards across the stage was a little distracting.

Great presentation, and I think the solution to having two different room worked really well.

Some of the tips are things that I think are often overlooked by developers, such as how to search using Google successfully.

As others have said Ivo's pacing back and forth was a bit of a distraction; enough that I noticed it.

Nice to see frogs getting a look in, too. ;)

Anonymous at 09:54 on 6 Oct 2013

2 stars is for the dual room dual screen stuff that had little technical

Apart from that it was boooring.

Awesome talk guys. Worked out great and was really well timed between the two of you. I saw the earlier keynote at PHPBenelux, but this is better having less content so you can actually explain the points. Nothing new, but still inspiring!

I bought the book!

Good opening, and was really nicely balanced by the closing talk. The split room worked for me (and impressively brave to try!) and even if the points seem obvious (not sure I do) I think it's important to be reminded/prompted. It's like hearing the same talk twice - mostly you get as much out of the second hearing but different points stick/resonate each time.

Great talk, great opening to the conference. The idea around the split screen session was genius and worked really well. It was a little distracting (from Lorna's theatre), that Ivo kept pacing back and forth, thus the camera had to keep following him, and he didn't seem to engage or make eye contact much with the audience in his theatre.

However it was still a great talk, and a very inspiring start to an otherwise great weekend!

Lots of stuff in the talk should be second nature to all programmers, but it doesn't hurt to re - iterate every now and again. Split screen worked well I think.

I thought it was a great way to open the conference, and the two room/split screen presentation worked.

Though I do have to agree with the others about Ivos' pacing and the following camera being a bit distracting, bit that was a minor thing.

Finding myself wondering why anyone felt the keynote was boring!

Very inspiring and highlighted some key points that developers and managers alike should take note of.

You made the split room situation work to your advantage - very well done.

Engaging and expertly delivered. Thank you!

Splitting the talk between two speakers worked well. Talk itself was somewhat interesting, nothing mind-blowing but a good warm-up.

I think the split room worked better than I expected it to. In fact it was pretty entertaining - especially when we weren't sure if Lorna was giving us a dramatic pause of the mic was genuinely off (which Lorna handled well). Would maybe have preferred some concrete info about the effectiveness of for example exercise on productivity - but perhaps that's not the point of a keynote. Good talk which I enjoyed.

what a way to kick off my first attendance of a php conference. The stuff spoken about was simple, but also very simple to overlook. such as health and reflecting on your work.

An interesting talk to get things started and I was surprised how well the 'split room' idea worked.

I think it would have improved for me if there was a little more depth on each of the points. They were all good an interesting, but it felt like as soon as they were mentioned, it wasn't long before we were moving on to the next one.

Split screen was great idea - go Augmented Reality next! :)
The contents were not always mind-blowing, so some basic topics could be covered more briefly, allowing other parts to extend

Talk was well presented and split room worked well.

Personally I took little away from it and felt the content was overly simplistic, save a few slides.

The split room worked better than I expected (although I was in the main room, maybe that helped). Content wise I definitely picked up a few good points but overall it was a little simplistic. Maybe it's because it's my 4th PHPNW conference now but I've heard much of the same advice before.

Still as I said some Useful points, I'm going to try and hide a System.out.print() somewhere in my codebase.

Really good talk, inspiring stuff and a great way to start the conference. The split screen / room stuff worked well ... I then jumped on leanpub and purchased "n ways" and "passionate programmer"

Loved the splitted-room aspect of this keynote. Worked out very well.

Now can we have an 5k for #phpnw14, as a healthy counter to all that floating beer ;D

A nice talk with some good if simple reminders for us, and the spilt screen really worked surprisingly well.
I agree that Ivo's pacing was a bit distracting from room 1 but how often to speakers have to deal with this kind of setup?
The talk also could have had a little bit more... well, I can't quite put my finger on it but I didn't come away as inspired as I had hoped. Maybe because I have seen a few similar talks before so this wasn't really anything new, I don't know.
Overall though it was a nice, slightly different opening to a conference

A nice talk with some good if simple reminders for us, and the spilt screen really worked surprisingly well.
I agree that Ivo's pacing was a bit distracting from room 1 but how often to speakers have to deal with this kind of setup?
The talk also could have had a little bit more... well, I can't quite put my finger on it but I didn't come away as inspired as I had hoped. Maybe because I have seen a few similar talks before so this wasn't really anything new, I don't know.
Overall though it was a nice, slightly different opening to a conference

The Delivery was good and the 2 screens worked really well. As others have said Ivo's pacing was distracting as the camera tried to follow him.

Judging by many of the high ratings it's inspired quite a few people. Anything that improves the health and well being of our community is a great thing.

I would have scored higher but I felt that much of the content was common sense. I didn't take anything from the keynote, but you can't be all things to all people.

Good talk with solid practical advice. Stuff to take serious as well; yes, also the "keeping fit" part of it.
And the part about keeping your hands dirty as you move a long.... if only all managers/cto's/lead dev/tech officers/ etc would....

Dual presentation / split screen worked out nicely; didn't feel like a gimmick. Some obvious cues but didn't think that was a problem.

Good job all round from Lorna/Ivo. Well executed split screen and well paced talk.

Split screen worked much better than I had thought it would. Fairly basic stuff, but useful to be reminded sometimes, and some good info too.

The concept of the keynote was good and both Lorna and Ivo full of enthusiasm and presented well. I feel that it was down to the camera trying to keep Ivo in centre frame that caused people to notice the movement - maybe something to consider is next time to zoom the picture out a little, allowing the speaker to move about more freely.

A number of people have suggested that they were a little underwhelmed by the recommendations to eat/sleep well and exercise - of course this is good advice and everyone should be reminded to do it, but it may have been better to use some of the other "ways", which were perhaps in the book but not brought into the talk.

Overall it was a talk that allowed a nice, uncomplicated start to the day, though wouldn't have said it was particularly inspirational to me.

Thanks for the great feedback! Had I known the camera would zoom in that much (I wasn't able to see the feed from my room), I would definitely have not moved around as much. (I usually get comments for staying in the same place and not moving :-)

Good talk. Well and professionally delivered. The video link worked surprisingly well! In terms of content, a good reminder about some of the principles so important in daily life of a developer. We so much tend to forget about the simplest things.

Not so much inspiring for seasoned developers, I would say better suited for beginners, but overall good intro for the conference.

What I would try to improve in the future - probably I would make it a bit more of a conversation, but I imagine that is a challenging idea.

Well delivered and the split screen worked fine.

Subject matter was a little patronising at times (how to google?) but otherwise it was OK.

With all the practice you guys put in before hand there was no way you wouldn't pull it off, you nailed it really!

Ivo, I'd echo others comments about pacing about - slightly distracting!

I'm glad the tech mostly held up, worked well.

I felt that given I know some of the people in the audience are definitely at the most junior stages of their careers they needed to hear those points, some have perceived that as patronising - you stick to your guns, there were at least 10 people I could name in the audience who needed to hear it all! Well done, for sticking to your convictions.

Seamless and amazingly well presented information to 2 rooms of delegates at the same time.

One thing that was a little less engaging was Ivo pacing back and forth with the camera following him closely. I'd suggest either a little less movement or the camera pulled back a bit so that there was less swaying.
Also it would have been good to looked more at the audience.

Otherwise very good information that was presented in a way that had the audience wanting to keep listening.

The split rooms certainly worked really well technically - but also worked amazingly between Lorna and Ivo - who both worked together brilliantly. There was a great connection between the two speakers, and it was a great pairing that really worked

I was in the main room, and Lorna really nailed it. She confidently owned the stage, was passionate about what she was saying, and she made me enthusiastic about the subject in hand. The small technical issue with the microphone left Lorna totally unfazed

Ivo also did superbly. The walking around didn't distract me (it would seem more distracting to me to be rooted to the spot) - and the slightly calmer style of Ivo's was a perfect companion to Lorna's style

The content was also spot on. There were certainly a couple of things I heard before, but it didn't hurt to get a reminder. And I'm sure I could watch it all over again and get something else out of the talk

Whilst a keynote needs to be generalised and should cater for a wider audience than a normal talk, I felt this was a little patronising. It didn't seem to be giving much credit to the audience's intelligence.

The idea was fine and the content was presented well enough, if a little cheesily, but I just didn't get much out of it. And as the headline talk it was disappointing.

Anonymous at 10:23 on 8 Oct 2013

I agree with James Shaw's comments. It was certainly slick and well rehearsed. However, the almost scripted nature detracted from the message which was trying to be one of enthusiasm.

Particularly in the first part it felt like a segment in which a local TV presenter hands over to the weather forecaster with false bonhomie.

I'm sure these speakers do have a deep knowledge for the subject but it didn't come across. Maybe it could be improved by more of the real world stories and less tired truisms.

Split screen worked better than I thought it might, the talk flowed well between the two speakers. The content was good and presented well, a good way to kick things off.

"0x0F ways to better suck eggs"

Although there were some very valid points I don't think it was well tailored to the audience, and came off a little patronising.

"how to eat an elephant"
"take one step at a time"
"teach a man to fish"

After these worn out quotations were fully regurgitated, they went on to make a quip about playing buzzword bingo when talking to managers. Hypocritical much?

I would've expected something a bit more exciting for the keynote.

A good experimental keynote that included two rooms of people quite effectively. Bonus points for introducing people to the Dunning-Kruger effect :)

Anonymous at 14:44 on 8 Oct 2013

With all these kind of talks, where you are at in your career progression will dictate what you will get from the talk. In this case unless you where really junior level the talk was a bit obvious and not rewarding. The dual room was cool and link ups very nicely done. I did find Lorna to be talking to us like 5 year olds at times, may be its just the way she talks to audiences and is her style but personally it was very annoying. Oh and any one that can solve problems on a treadmill has not turned it on yet! As soon as it starts rolling the last thing your thinking about is code (usually its not dying).

Mental health though I thought is a great point, should have gone into it more as its becoming a real issue in the IT industry especially for freelancers who get isolated and lonely so may be for a future presentation some more info into mental health and some links to places to get help would be good. To many people suffer and don't speak out!

Amazing way to start of the conference despite the location not offering a room big enough for everyone.

I really enjoyed it :)

The advices that where given didn't really tell a story or lead up to something and a couple of the points didn't connect with me but overall it was really good fun.

Thank you both for taking the time to prepare thing as complicated as this to enable PHPNW to stay at this awesome location

I enjoyed the opening keynote, some good points to take away.

I thought the split screen worked really well, although it did feel odd being in the second room while Jeremy was introducing the conference, atmosphere wasn't as good as I imagine the main room was (and has in previous years). Felt a bit disconnected.

Once the talk got going I thought Ivo and Lorna presented the talk really well, and the duel room worked well.

The split screen worked well, a unique way to start the conference. While some of the points were quite obvious, they did raise some good points. Also, the stories that Lorna and Ivo both told more than made up for it.

A great start to the weekend. The split screen worked really well.