[Baypiggies] Dec. 14 Meeting "Programming Productivity: What Really Matters?"

Carl J. Van Arsdall cvanarsdall at mvista.com
Thu Dec 14 17:39:20 CET 2006

I think Anna has several good points.  Being that this meeting was toted 
originally as a "meet n greet"  I think that it would be most fair to 
maintain part of the schedule for that purpose and fit the presentation 
around that, as it propositioned last minute. 

I think an informal meet and greet (and not dinner or lobby time) is 
important and should be done earlier in this meeting while people are 
still fresh and interested in speaking to one another.  After meetings 
is not normally good for social time, presentations make people tired 
and not as outgoing (at least in my experience). 

Just my 2cents.

Anna Ravenscroft wrote:
> Okay - let me describe what I mean by "socializing".
> To me, socializing is not:
> "mapping" (mapping is a formal structure grouping up people and the
> grouping process seems to take forever.)
> dinner (getting stuck next to someone I've never met and have nothing
> in common with and having to make smalltalk with them for the next
> hour is my idea of hell.)
> extending the Q&A session after a presentation - leaving those of us
> who have heard enough stuck with the choice of being *rude* or waiting
> patiently in hopes that eventually we can stand up and go talk to
> someone we have been wanting to talk with - which usually happens
> about 5 minutes before we're kicked out of the room...
> Milling around in the lobby of google waiting to fill out a badge and
> be shepherded up to a room just in time for the presentation to start.
> Not everyone is there, and we're usually rather distracted.
> Socializing - what I'm asking for - is a chance to talk to people, _by
> choice_ -- not by enforced proximity or structured format -- including
> the chance to walk around and talk to more than one person. Having
> snacks and beverages is nice.
> I would like a chance to socialize.
> Cordially,
> Anna
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Carl J. Van Arsdall
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