I’m not 100% sure who first came up with idea of an Open Space Coding Day – but I first heard about it from Alan Dean back in mid 2009 and I‘m working on the assumption it was his idea. It is a good idea. Thank you Alan.
On Saturday (27th Feb 2009) I was lucky enough to help deliver one.
The day was themed on Azure but otherwise followed a fairly standard Open Space format. For the vast majority of folks present it was their first exposure to an Open Space format event.
Wikipedia summarises the format rather well but the bits I think make it interesting are:
The approach uses the the Four Principles and The One Law.
The Four Principles
The One Law
The "Law of Two Feet": If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet. Go to some other place where you may learn and contribute. (I’ve always been a fan of this one!)
I would definitely recommend folks keep a look out for these sort of events in the future… and hopefully we can repeat some themed ones around Azure in other locations in the UK. Anyone want to set one up? :-)