Experiences Leading a User Group*
This talk will walk through the timeline from when I first became involved as the organizer of a local user group, the good, the bad and where we are now. Not only will we look at my experience with the organizational aspect of leading a user group but also how group members can play an active and important role just as with an open source project.
User groups are a great way to get out and network with other people in the industry locally, listen to presentations and participate. User groups are also similar to open source projects as community members and their contributions drive the group’s success. Contributions could be in form of presentations, attendance, event coordination help, sponsorships, and anything else that benefits the group as a whole.
I took over as the leader of the “Sarasota Java Users Group” (SunJUG) at the end of 2013, which as of 2015 has evolved into the “Sarasota Software Engineers User Group” (SSEUG). Having no prior experience organizing a user group, a number of lessons have been learned and many changes have been made along the way.
During this talk we will walk through the timeline from when I first became involved as the organizer, the good, the bad and where we are now. Not only will we look at my experience with the organizational aspect of leading a user group but also how group members can play an active and important role just as with an open source project.
user group, community
* Various user groups in Florida (SunJUG, OrlandoJUG, GatorJUG, SSEUG), SpringOne
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* I have not given this talk yet, but may at SSEUG this month and will be doing it at OrlandoJUG and GatorJUG in April
Chris is a Principal Software Engineer and has been involved in systems and software development professionally for over 15 years. He currently resides in Venice, FL and organizes the Sarasota Software Engineers User Group.