Since the beginning of last year, I have the pleasure of facilitating weekly tech lunches in the company I work for. We call them “Lunch and Learn” sessions, and the concept is quite simple. We gather to enjoy our lunch while watching a software conference talk and discuss the topic afterwards.
Ever since we started, the group and the interest has grown significantly amongst developers and management who is supporting the initiative.
I believe these sessions are an excellent way to start building a culture of learning in an engineering group which can lead to more practical activities like lighting talks, coding dojos, readers club, etc.
If all that sounds appealing to you my advice is to:
– Prefer talks on general topics, skills and techniques over a particular language or framework.
– Keep the format open and collaborative, everybody should be able to suggest and vote for next talks.
– Keep an eye on the sessions time, end the video if needed to have always time for the group discussion.
And lastly, sharing here the 43 talks we managed to watch during the year.
Lunch and Learn Playlist 2016
- 03/02/2016 – REST: I don’t Think it Means What You Think it Does, Stefan Tilkov
- 10/02/2016 – Functional programming patterns for the non-mathematician. Brian Lonsdorf.
- 24/02/2016 – Microservices @ Spotify, Kevin Goldsmith
- 02/03/2016 – How to Design Great APIs – Parse Developer Day 2013, Kevin Lacker
- 09/03/2016 – Modular Monoliths, Simon Brown (GeeCON Prague 2015)
- 16/03/2016 – The Clean Coder – Episode 38 “Clean Code”. Robert C. Martin.
- 23/03/2016 – XP in the 21st Century, Rachel Davies.
- 30/03/2016 – SOLID Deconstruction, Kevlin Henney
- 13/04/2016 – Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business, Jeff Gothelf
- 20/04/2016 – What makes us feel good about our work?, Dan Ariely
- 27/04/2016 – Workflows of Refactoring (OOP2014), Martin Fowler
- 04/05/2016 – Improving Code With Functional Programming, Jessica Kerr
- 11/05/2016 – Pluralsight course “Pair Programming”
- 18/05/2016 – Architecting for Continuous Delivery, Jez Humble
- 25/05/2016 – Integrated Tests Are A Scam, J.B. Rainsberger
- 01/06/2016 – Introductory videos to NewRelic
- 08/06/2016 – The Rest of ReST, Dylan Beattie
- 22/06/2016 – An Angular 2 Force Awakens – John Papa (20m)
- 29/06/2016 – Microservices at Proximus: Netflix OSS and HATEOAS, Andreas Evers (GeeCON Prague 2015)
- 06/07/2016 – Interaction Driven Design, Sandro Mancuso (@sandromancuso) (43m)
- 13/07/2016 – Why Scaling Agile Doesn’t Work, Jez Humble (50m)
- 20/07/2016 – Building a Winning UX Strategy Using the Kano Model, Jared Spool (47m)
- 27/07/2016 – Functional Programming; What? Why? When?, Rober C Martin (58m)
- 03/08/2016 – MicroMonolith – Top anti-patterns of distributed systems. Michal Franc
- 10/08/2016 – EMC XtremIO Introduction, Josh Goldstein
- 17/08/2016 – Treat Your Code as a Crime Scene, Adam Tornhill (46m)
- 24/08/2016 – The Fundamentals of User Experience, Amanda Morrow (47m)
- 31/08/2016 – API by Design, Wesley Beary (31m)
- 07/09/2016 – The Language of the System, Rich Hickey
- 21/09/2016 – Applying the Saga Pattern, Caitie McCaffrey (@caitie)
- 28/09/2016 – The Technical Debt Trap, Doc Norton (@DocOnDev) (53min)
- 05/10/2016 – Psychology, Philosophy & Programming, Ted Neward
- 12/10/2016 – The puzzle of motivation, Dan Pink
- 20/10/2016 – AgileConf 2016
- 26/10/2016 – Pragmatic Steps to DevOps: EMC Dojo One Year Later. Brian Roche
- 02/11/2016 – The Secret Assumption of Agile, Fred George (47m)
- 09/11/2016 – WebSockets, Reactive APIs and Microservices. Todd Montgomery (45m)
- 16/11/2016 – Testable Software Architecture, Aslak Hellesoy (46m)
- 23/11/2016 – Retrospective Anti-Patterns, Aino Vonge Corry (48m)
- 30/11/2016 – Dynamic Teams: Fluidity for the Win!, Doc Norton
- 07/12/2016 – IoT – Smart Products, Smart Places but most of all Smart People. Lorna Goulden
- 15/12/2016 – Why Technical Leadership Matters, Patrick Kua