15 minutes of effective communication

Does your company staff consist of young enthusiasts? Do they spend much of their free time learning new technologies? Are their professional passions interesting for their colleagues? Would you like to improve the exchange of useful experience and knowledge inside your company?
It’s the same for us. And probably our solution will fit your situation too. What is the point?

From time to time our united team gathers for approximately a quarter of an hour. Someone gives a brief lecture about something new, which will probably be interesting and useful for the others. What for?

First, it allows others to easily pass entry phase when learning new technology. How often do you read about something new and cannot get the point, because you don’t see the whole thing? But the man, who has already spent his time learning new technology and who already has clear idea about it, can briefly describe the main point and why to use the innovation. This will allow others to boost their startup when learning this technology in the future.

Also, such lectures broadens personnel’s mind. It may be useful for average developer when finding a non-typical solution, or for system architect when designing a new architecture.

It is also useful for the speaker. He learns how to speak clearly and gets the public speeches experience. It will have its meaning when communicating inside your company or with customers.

And even more – it’s the way of effective break. Because break is just the change of activity area, isn’t it? And such meetings will not only get an employee out of his everyday job, but will also let him to return to his work with clear mind and probably new ideas.

At last, it’s just another way of communication. There are not so many things that are more important, than communication in team.

So, we have five advantages.
What does it cost? Approximately 15 minutes of your working time per week. It’s not so much, isn’t it?

E.g., yesterday I had a lecture for colleagues; it was about using RAII design pattern in C++ development. If you don’t work at Optixsoft yet and missed a lecture, but if you are a developer and if your language, happily, has destructors, then I would strongly recommend you to learn this pattern. It will make your using of resources significantly easier. This pattern is clearly described in works of such C++ gurus as Stroustrup, Meyers, Sutter and Alexandrescu and is considered as important part of good coding style. You can read about this pattern, for example, in «Effective С++. 3rd Edition» by Scott Meyers or in Wikipedia.

By the way, my name is Alex Korotkin. This is my first post on our company blog. I’m responsible for development at Optixsoft, so my posts will refer to development, more or less. I will be glad to answer your questions. I’m sure that such communications will be useful for all of us.

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At September 11, 2008 at 4:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo! Thanks a lot for your advises, it really works!

At March 10, 2009 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post


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