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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Registration required

I'm sorry, but it looks like Sunday's Open Brainstorm event with Martin van Creveld is not going to be as open as I planned. Thanks to corporate bureaucracy, it appears that we're not going to be able to increase our current limit of 100 participants to 500 until sometime next week.

Emails have been sent out to a) the Annual Brainstorm members and b) the May Brainstorm members. Members have 24 hours to register for the event. If you haven't received an email - and please check your spam filters - email me tonight and let me know if you would like to attend. On Saturday morning I'll post how many open spots remain. Those remaining spots can be claimed by those signing up for c) the June Brainstorm or an Annual membership.

If there are any spots left after that, they'll be first come, first serve after I post the link on the blog about 15 minutes before the event. I'm sorry that it's not possible to provide for any more seats, but we've been trying to order the upgrade for over a week now and it simply could not be done. We will keep trying, but at this point, we have to assume it won't happen before Sunday.

Transcripts from the May session will go out to May and Annual members late tonight; I'm still cleaning it up. A transcript from the open event will be sent free to all May/June/Annual members, and since there will be people who won't be able to attend who were planning to do so, we'll make it free for a week for everyone else on the Castalia store.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Student in Blue May 28, 2015 3:13 PM  

Even though it's not required, would a response of "I'm unable to attend, sorry" be useful in any way?

Blogger VD May 28, 2015 3:37 PM  

Thanks, but no. Just don't register and I'll assume. You'll get the transcript, of course.

Blogger VFM 188* May 28, 2015 5:55 PM  

[W]e've been trying to order the upgrade for over a week now and it simply could not be done.

Do you ever feel like you're surrounded by a whirling vortex of incompetence?

Blogger automatthew May 28, 2015 6:06 PM  

It's not necessarily incompetence. Web conferencing is hard. You'd think it wouldn't be after so many years, but it still is.

I have yet to find a solution for voice/screensharing among even a dozen people that have serious problems in one way or another ...

Except for Skype and Webinar. And they still suck.

Blogger Markku May 28, 2015 11:22 PM  

It's not necessarily incompetence. Web conferencing is hard.

In this case, it's a case of rigid bureaucracy in Monty Pythonesque proportions. The result when a company doesn't allow any initiative at all to an employee. When it's the process, or the boot.

Blogger automatthew May 29, 2015 12:16 AM  

So you seem to be saying that hard problems only get solved by assholes like Edison, instead of gentle giants like Tesla?

Blogger Markku May 29, 2015 12:22 AM  

No, what I mean is that there is no technical problem at all. Rather, there is a box that needs to be checked in a corporate process of the service provider, before we can have 500 seats. And the bureaucracy is so rigid that it doesn't look like it's going to get checked until the deadline arrives for the first event.

Blogger Markku May 29, 2015 12:39 AM  

I suppose that if there is a take-away, then it is this: If as a company you can't trust each of your employees to take sensible initiative in a situation where your process has a hiccup, then don't hire the employee in the first place.

Blogger automatthew May 29, 2015 12:46 AM  

Sorry, Markku. I was trying to make a lame joke about a Tesla/Edison war that broke out earlier, combined with a Gamma Tell.

Blogger Markku May 29, 2015 12:49 AM  

I see. Didn't notice such a war.

Did notice gamma tell.

Blogger automatthew May 29, 2015 12:49 AM  

"I suppose that if there is a take-away, then it is this: If as a company you can't trust each of your employees to take sensible initiative in a situation where your process has a hiccup, then don't hire the employee in the first place."

This highlights what I think is the biggest problem in the tech world today. Demand significantly exceeds supply. Hence Agile, hence bureaucracy, hence Java.

Blogger automatthew May 29, 2015 12:50 AM  

And my own bread and butter, Node.js.

Anonymous VFM.0157 aka Forrest Bishop May 29, 2015 4:53 AM  

Fwiw, the transcript is valuable all by itself, even if you didn't attend. It's very high information density. There are things in it that can blow right past the (or rather, this) listener's ear.

Blogger Rantor May 29, 2015 7:05 AM  

Was unable to attend Brainstorm 1. Read transcript last night, it was very interesting. Good stuff going on. I will endeavor to join as many of these webinars as I can.

Blogger Josh May 29, 2015 8:27 AM  

I agree with both of y'all about the value of the transcript

Blogger Markku May 29, 2015 7:58 PM  

We will have our 500 seats early next week, but it's too late for this webinar. However, all future webinars will have 500 seats.

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