On Wednesday, as the final session of Imagine, Magento hosted a DevExchange.
At round tables set up throughout a large conference room, developers discussed topics that were mostly collected in advance in the community forums.
One of the topics was "Learning, training and staying up to date as a developer".
If you are a developer, you are probably familiar with feeling overwhelmed by the number of books to read, videos of talks to watch, tools and frameworks and languages to try out, and conferences and meetups to attend. Based on the interest in the topic, it seems I'm not alone.
Thanks to all 15 participants, the experiences, ideas and thoughts we shared gave me insight and inspiration!
We started the discussion with a round of introductions and an opening question "What do I need to be able to learn?".
After that we shared thoughts and experiences based on other questions, like:
I've tried to sort everything that was said into sections. Some items fit into multiple sections. In such cases, I put the item into the section where it was mentioned. I haven't recorded who said what (apologies), so I just want to stress that credit for almost all of these thoughts does not belong to me.
Here are the insights and inspirations I gathered:
Supportive preconditions for learning:
Tools and techniques that have helped learning:
Teaching or knowledge sharing:
How to facilitate learning in a team:
How to choose what to learn?
Tools and resources:
Quotes, guiding principles”
Keeping learning fun and staying motivated:
Thanks to Sherrie Rohde and everyone else at Magento for organizing and hosting the DevExchange. It's a great format that I hope to see more often in future!
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