[Pycon-interest] sprint

Steve Holden sholden at holdenweb.com
Wed Dec 18 21:55:34 EST 2002

> On Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 09:22:44PM -0500, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> >
> > Sprints for people with Python experience but no experience on a
> > particular code base (e.g. Zope) can work if there's an introductory
> > talk at the beginning.  This is how Jim Fulton does most Zope3
> > sprints.  But that takes time away from sprinting (his intro was
> > almost a full day at the recent sprint in Rotterdam).
> >
> > Sprints need focused projects that have been selected by more
> > experienced developers ahead of time; you can't just get together
> > without a plan and expect much to happen.
> Sounds like words of experience. :-)
> Would it make sense to have mini-classes throughout the conference?
> I'd hate to sit down with each new person and have to teach, ssh, cvs,
> sf (maybe roundup by march?), etc.
> Perhaps we could have short classes/tutorials throughout the
> conference.  Maybe a half-hour to an hour.  That way people could
> learn or improve the skills they don't have.
> > I suggest that we shouldn't try to plan the sprints just yet.
> Agreed.  I'm just thinking out loud.


Terriffic. I've started to write up potential lightning talks on the Wiki
(http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/moinmoin/PyCon) -- perhaps you could expand
this idea there? I really do think that, while it's perhaps not directly
relevant to core Python, we could expand the "volunteer" base a lot by
teaching some fairly elementary skills. And I'd like to learn some of them

Maybe you could point out that "lightning tutorials" will have a slightly
different flavor from "lightning talks"?

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