As I start my second year as a conference speaker, I was lucky enough to be selected as speaker for CodeStock’s 10 year anniversary. It’s been a pretty crazy ride to see how much the conference has grown from when I first attended in 2013 to now.
CodeStock was the first technical conference I ever attended, so to be able to go from an attendee to a speaker in time for the 10th year was humbling to say the very least.
For this conference, I decided to try something new. Over the past year, I’ve learned that it’s almost impossible to get feedback about your presentation from your attendees once the session ends. However, when I spoke at Indy.Code(), the gang at Amegala implemented a pretty effective system for gathering feedback. So I decided to carry out a similar setup and it only costed me about $10.
Ready? Here’s all you need.
- Red index cards
- Orange index cards
- Green index cards
- Paper bag
The idea is that as attendees are leaving the session, they write down their comments on the appropriate card and toss it in the bag. If they thought I did a great job, a green card goes in. If they thought I did an “ok” job, they could write their comments on the orange card, or if I did a really bad job, they could leave me a red card.
How To Have Code Reviews Your Developers Actually Want
Overall, the reviews were pretty positive with 25 “great”, 5 “ok”, and 0 “awful” with an 85% overall participation rate. From the comments, here were the major trends.
- Excellent job on how the information was presented
- Lot of good content, but spoke a bit too quickly at times
- Didn’t spend any time on tooling, and there were some questions about what tools to use for the review
For this session, it seems that I need to work on pacing the content and maybe add a section for tooling.
How Functional Programming Made Me A Better Developer
Once again, the reviews were pretty positive with 12 “great”, 1 “ok”, 0 “awful” with an 70% overall participation rate. From the comments, here were the major trends
- Content was good and delivery was smooth
- You were clear and understandable to someone with only a fumbling understanding of C#
- This talk and the code review session were the best sessions I’ve attended so far this year!
- Very entertaining; good information. I feel like I learned something
- Handled questions well, very engaging most of the time, and good jokes
- Nicely done! Concise, Specific, Doable, Actionable. I wish you could do this at my company