I attend a lot of conferences. Unlike many of the speakers I see and meet at these conferences, I have been attending conferences longer than I've been speaking at them. For some reason, it seems lately that a considerable number of speakers and organizers feel that some speakers get "too many sessions". They think speakers should be limited to a set number of sessions, or even particular conferences. NOTE: I don't mean me, I've never submitted more than two abstracts to a given conference.
What I find odd is that those comments are coming from fellow speakers and conference organizers, NOT from attendees, at least as far as I know.
Remember, I am a newbie speaker, I've been an attendee far longer than I've been speaking. As an attendee, I have attended a lot of sessions. Some of those sessions were presented by awful speakers and some of those sessions were presented by brilliant speakers. There is nothing worse than sitting through an hour (or more) of a terrible speaker. So, as an attendee, you begin to seek out good speakers. If I had a choice between two sessions with content that interested me, one given by a speaker known to me (as good) and the other by a speaker not known to me (or known as bad), I AM PICKING THE SPEAKER I KNOW AND LIKE. I don't mean that I know the speaker, like I am friends with them. I strictly mean, know, as in attended one of their sessions. Remember, I am writing as an attendee here.
Take it one step further. I will evaluate the merits of a conference on whether or not I see names I know. This isn't to say I won't go to a conference if I don't know the speakers, but certainly, if one or two of my "favorites" will be there, I am more likely to go.
It seems to me that certain individuals (also speakers) are the "tail wagging the dog" complaining that others get too many sessions. For some reason, organizers are listening to those complaints. Ultimately, I think that just punishes attendees. Good speakers with consistently good evaluations who continue to submit quality abstracts shouldn't be limited. Period.
Race Report: Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 8:11p Kathy Brown I suppose I should do a race report. Last weekend I ran the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. But it wasn’t really about the running. Or the race. This time, it was about the people. Many years ago, I got into running and I joined a running site, www.RunningAHEAD.com. The site has several running forums and boards, and most importantly to this post, user groups. One of the groups is for women only, the LLR. From that online user group many many friendships have grown. Ove [read] Keywords: facebook
Review: User Story Mapping – OReilly Publishing
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 8:11p Kathy Brown User Story Mapping
By Jeff Patton
The Big Picture
Plan to Build Less
Plan to Learn Faster
Plan to Finish on Time
You Already Know How
The Real Story About Stories
Telling Better Stories
It’s Not All on the Card
The Card Is Just the Beginning
Bake Stories Like Cake
Start with Opportunities
Using Discovery to Build Shared Understanding
Using Discovery for Validated Learning
Refine, Define, and Build
Stories Are Actually Like Astero [read] Keywords: widgets
How Kids Are Like Computers
Fri, Sep 26th 2014 1:12p Kathy Brown I realized the other day, kids are just like computers.
Kids and computers only do explicitly what they are told.
Sometimes the instructions don’t compile, both kids and computers will do nothing at this point.
Sometimes the instructions compile, but there is a bug. Both kids and computers will follow instructions to that point and then stop.
Kids and computers both have pretty worthless reasons (error messages) as to why they didn’t follow the instructions.
You can search on the [read] Keywords: bug
Current Direction of the IBM Domino Market
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 8:55a Kathy Brown You might have seen the tweets by now:
Spend 30 seconds & help our community find the current direction of IBM Domino in the marketplace bit.ly/PSCXPagesSurvey #ibm #xpages
PSC has put together a survey in order to get feedback from Notes and Domino users worldwide and we will be sharing the results of the survey publicly.
The survey itself takes under a minute and will be open until October 3, 2014. The more people that take the survey, the more meaningful the results will be. Go here t [read] Keywords: domino
Review: Java Cookbook
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 3:12p Kathy Brown Java Cookbook
by Ian F. Darwin
Publisher: O’Reilly Publishing
Getting Started: Compiling, Running, and Debugging
Interacting with the Environment
Strings and Things
Pattern Matching with Regular Expressions
Dates and Times – New API
Structuring Data with Java
Functional Programming Techniques: Functional Interfaces, Streams, Parallel Collections
Input and Output
Directory and Filesystem Operations
Media: Graphics, Audio, Video
Network Cli [read] Keywords: database
IBM Champion Nominations are Open!
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 9:31a Kathy Brown As tweeted earlier, https://twitter.com/IBMChampions/status/506822528997027840, nominations are now open. Here’s a link to the nomination form, ow.ly/AZlvE . Remember that current Champions need to be nominated every year (if you feel they are deserving, of course). And don’t worry, you don’t have to fill out every field on the form. If you want to nominate someone, nominate them, explain why, click Submit. �
For more info on the program: https://www.ibm.com/d [read] Keywords: ibm
Notes Developer Tips Articles – August Edition
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 7:17p Kathy Brown IBM ConnectED 2015
Many people have looked into their crystal balls and tried to guess what would become of Lotusphere, errr, IBM Connect, for 2015. While full details are not yet out, we do have a new landing page to see. As well as a new name, again. Sort of.
UPDATE: Registration is now open!
Did You See These?
Often we go about our lives, and we don’t notice when new things appear. Take for example, Content Types on a Computed Field. Did you notice when several new content types [read] Keywords: collaboration
Review: Hands On Sencha Touch 2
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 6:12p Kathy Brown Hands-On Sencha Touch 2
By: Lee Boonstra
Introduction to Sencha Touch
The Class System
The Layout System
Stru [read] Keywords: connections
Race Report: What?!
Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 9:15p Kathy Brown That’s right. It’s a race report. My last report was for my disappointing marathon in 2010. My last actual race was a 10k in June…of 2011. Over three years ago.
Last week, I ran in the Yankee Homecoming 5k. I just re-started running again recently. Recently == June. I knew I could finis, but I knew I wouldn’t be fast. I had no expectations other than just running. Not a lot to report on the race itself. Official race time: 31:15. I came in smack in t [read] Keywords:
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 4:12p Kathy Brown So many of the IBM Champions have received their “swag” kits. As a repeat offender, errr, Champion, I felt I had a bit of experience on my side when selecting my swag. Last year’s jacket only came in Men’s sizes. Figuring I’d rather have a jacket too big, than a jacket too small, I ordered an XL, which was as you can imagine EXTRA LARGE. So this year, we had women’s sizes to choose from. I selected TWO jackets in TWO sizes, figuring I would at least [read] Keywords: ibm