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ChicagoRuby: Downtown - Team Composition & Process Evolution

  • May 6, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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About the Presentation

Way too many teams are focusing on hiring more bodies and far too few are looking at the team and process from above and trying to improve that. Let's discuss what composes a team and how we can use process to give us a new perspective on our teams.

About the Presenter
Brad Wilkening is a career software engineer, occasional stand up comedian and happens to be co-founder of DevMynd Software.

After most downtown meetings we head over to Elephant & Castle (185 N. Wabash) for refreshments & fellowship. Join us for a few minutes if you have time.

Please use your real name when you RSVP for downtown ChicagoRuby meetings. Reason: We are required to give a list of all attendees to the security desk prior to the meeting. If the name on your ID doesn't the match the name on the RSVP list, then Aon security will not let you in the building. Sorry for the inconvenience, but those are the rules of the Aon Building.



 

 

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  • Daniel N.

    It was ok. It wasn't at all what I was expecting but still good stuff to hear.

    May 6, 2014

    • Kenny L.

      I'm guessing you were trying to keep things more objective, but I'd have liked it if you pointed out more what were the most surprising things. For example, how employees that isolated themselves were seen more positively than you expected because they tended to dive deep and were able to solve complex problems. Or how effective changes were relative to each other, e.g. was switching to pairing more effective than eliminating the B & C players from a team? How much more or less effective was it?

      May 7, 2014

    • Brad W.

      Good feedback Kenny. Thank you for that. I also had a list of positive archetypes that I didn't have time to get to #frowny

      May 12, 2014

  • Mark M.

    Really enjoyed Brad's talk. Having been on many different sized teams, a lot of what he said rang true.

    May 7, 2014

    • Kristen Monroe K.

      Thanks Brad, for presenting on Tuesday, I look forward to your book! Can you please provide your company information and book title, and blog link for the group?? Also, any insights into how organizations should handle excellerated growth, since you mentioned that if teams double, it likely leads to team member frustration, yielding them to leave.

      Best,
      Kristen Monroe King

      May 8, 2014

    • Brad W.

      My company is http://DevMynd.com­, Other links are in the post just below this one!

      May 8, 2014

  • Brad W.

    Book email list:
    http://lilz.us/ctodna

    That dumb guy that didn't accept how dumb he is:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McArthur_Wheeler

    Dunning-Kruger effect:
    http://lilz.us/dk

    Thanks for coming ya'll!

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this be recorded?

    May 6, 2014

  • Daniel N.

    What is the floor/suite that we will be meeting in? Or will the staff at the front desk know this?

    May 6, 2014

    • Kenny L.

      They'll let you know.

      May 6, 2014

    • Kenny L.

      Hmm, I think the thought works needs to give them your full name.

      May 6, 2014

  • Rob V.

    Ironically, I'm hiring a full-stack Rails developer for my funded, early-stage company. Find me at today's meetup if you're interested! https://charlieapp.com/jobs

    May 6, 2014

    • Brett R.

      Rob, I can't make the meeting tonight, but are you only looking for someone local? My company is based in Indianapolis, but I think it may be worth a conversation if you're interested.

      May 6, 2014

    • Kenny L.

      Hi Rob, commenting just in case I don't find you among the 100 attendees tonight. I just graduated Dev Bootcamp and did something a little related for my final project. http://www.node-hoppe...­ I read a little, but would love to hear more about your startup.

      May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Man, I'd love to go to this but can't.

    April 29, 2014

    • Ray H.

      Andy, hope to see you at a future event. Maybe we'll see you at the front of the room presenting your latest work.

      April 29, 2014

    • Brad W.

      Ditto to Ray! Miss you Andy!

      May 6, 2014

  • Brett R.

    Hi Ray! I would be coming from Indianapolis, so if I RSVP now, will I be on a waitlist? I don't want to make the trip unless I know I can attend. Thanks!

    May 5, 2014

    • Alonda M.

      Brett, I've added your name to the check-in list at the front desk of the AON building. Simply show your photo ID and you're good.

      May 5, 2014

    • Brett R.

      Thanks Alonda! But since my e-mail this morning I've determined I can't make this event. I am so sorry for taking up your time, but I want to make sure someone else can take my spot. I look forward to attending the next one, and for signing up early!

      May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    can i bring a friend or is this for members only?

    April 28, 2014

    • Alonda M.

      Jon, I got your message about the name difference on your ID. I've made that differentiation on the check-in list at the front desk of the Aon building. Just show your photo ID and you're all set.

      May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks!

      May 5, 2014

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