Reflections on meetups

5 thoughts on “Reflections on meetups”

  1. I think a big part of the humor thing in-person is timing. It’s a lot harder to joke around and play off each other when there’s a delay and it’s hard to hear over one another. 🙂

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  2. Levity is the name of the game… Great post. Sounds like more frequent meetups would be beneficial. Perhaps Slack, Hangouts needs some kind of built-in humor indicator, set by the user.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Brian!

      Levity is the name of the game

      Beautifully said.

      It’s a delicate balance with the frequency of meetups as far as the benefits go. Travel and recovery time are something to keep in mind, especially for a team like ours that is pretty spread out. Too many meetups and the cons of travel and recovery could outweigh the benefits. Plus, it’s tough for those of us with families to be away from home more than two or three weeks per year.

      However, there are some teams that are planning to start experimenting with remote meetups in which they’ll block out time wherever they are to work or eat with an active Hangout session. I’m interested in seeing how those experiments go.

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