Learn. Reflect. Repeat - How we run internal hackdays and other event

Learn. Reflect. Repeat - How we run internal hackdays and other events - Melinda Seckington

impostor syndrome: you’re not the only one who feels like this

  • impostor syndrome is caused by our assumptions about the world around us
  • raise your hands if you’ve ever felt like this, and look around (most people raised hands)
  • space and time to learn and fail

How to create a culture of leaning

  • two main causes
    • the way we act and work together
    • how we support learning

The way we act and work together

  • embrace failure
    • it’s not something to be ashamed of
    • it’s a part of learning
    • “If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: you are being driven by the desire to avoid it” ~ Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc.
  • there are no stupid questions
    • google something if you don’t know it
    • “Every question is a cry to understand the world” - Carl Sagan
  • trust people to do the right thing
    • everyone in your team is working towards a common goal - trust that they know what to do, what they can and can’t do
  • treat people like grown ups
    • you shouldn’t need to restrict people if you’re trusting them
    • suggestion: don’t require PRs, leave it up to the developer to decide if the code needs it
  • don’t think you can’t do one thing, because your role if for another
  • give constructive feedback

How we support learning

  • learn on your own
    • start a library
      • books
      • articles
      • blog posts
      • videos
    • take online courses
  • learn from each other
    • pairing and collaboration
    • weekly learning hour
      • teach something you think others might find useful, it can be anything
    • give lightning talks
    • hackdays
      • get everyone involved
      • combine people wouldn’t normally work together
    • share what you learn at conferences
    • invite external speakers
    • collaborate with other companies
  • learn by teaching
    • write a blog post
    • give a talk
  • take time to reflect
    • sprint retrospective
    • incident / project retrospective
    • personal retrospective
  • repeat
    • there’s no use just done something once. Keep doing it!

Learn, reflect, repeat.

Where do you see yourself in a year’s time?