[yapc] BOF - local perl monger meeting attendance

Joshua joshua.mcadams at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 20:18:45 PDT 2010

At my previous employer (1-2k employees), we had an internal Perl
mongers group that met up once a month. At first, all of the meetings
were local to the main office, but after one or two meet-ups, the word
got around and we ended up using the internal VC equipment to get
together with all of our distributed teams. That was probably the most
regular and well-attended PM group that I ever went to. The alphas in
the company showed up because they wanted to be there and really
enjoyed it. The others showed up so that they could learn from, or at
least be seen by, the alphas. Overall, I think the quality of our Perl
code increased considerably, as did our ability to share code across
teams. I would definitely encourage $work.pm groups after that
experience, not even for the sake of recruiting people to $city.pm (we
didn't have one), but because it makes your workplace better.

... somewhat related, but not really ...

I am in Chicago now and it is definitely a town that is set up for
folks to get the f*sk out of downtown as soon as work is over. We do
have $city.pm meetings, but they are somewhat irregular and attendance
is unpredictable. Has anyone done a mid-day work-day $city.pm meeting?
If so, did it work out?

On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 3:14 PM, Len Jaffe <lenjaffe at jaffesystems.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 4:10 PM, Jesse Thompson <jesserthompson at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> well said.  I think what you say makes sense.
>> For clarification, my proposed $work.pm idea would be to "teach awesome
>> Perl hackery" to the "maintenance programmers" so that they might be
>> interested in $city.pm.
>> Also, it would give the "people who have families to go home to" a
>> opportunity to be part of a Mongers group while their lives are busy, and
>> maybe make them interested in attending $city.pm when they have more time in
>> the future.  Even if $city.pm never pans out, at least it encourages more
>> interest in Perl.
> That's what brown-bag lunch sessions are for.  I can often get better
> turnout from my coworkers at a noon brown-bad than a 7pm PM meeting -- and
> we host the PM meetings at our office.
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