CodeStock 2017 In Review


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.

Audience Review

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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.


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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#



Audience Superlatives

  • 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


1 comment

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    […] Last, but not least, Music City introduced a feedback system for their speakers. As attendees came into the room, they were handed three cards (red, yellow, and green) where they could leave their feedback and turn the cards in at the end of the session (for more information, take a look at a similar system I used for CodeStock this year) […]

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