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5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Florida DrupalCamp!

Florida Drupalcamp is less than 2 weeks away and the time is now to plan your trip. With that in mind, we contacted a group of FLDC veterans and organizers to help you get the most out of the conference. Below are 5 ways to maximize your time at Florida Drupalcamp!

  • Map out your schedule — Take a look at the FLDC session list and familiarize yourself with the sessions and speakers. This year, we have experts travelling in from across the country to share their knowledge.

    A couple days before the event, take a look at the session schedule, and plan your day

    Stay flexible, though! Some of my favorite sessions come from situations where someone has said to me, "You really have to see this person speak, they are amazing!"
  • Take some notes — This can be done either on a laptop, tablet, or (my favorite) a legal pad. However you do it, taking notes is important. You don't need to write down the presentations verbatim (most will be recorded anyway), but do write down the general ideas, and concepts that you find new and interesting.
  • Network, network, network! Conversations and new friends are more valuable than the presentations. It's important to strike up conversations with anyone and everyone. And, this means leaving your co-workers and friends in different rooms.
  • Attend the afterparty, and have fun! This year's afterparty is sure to be a good time. Use this opportunity to meet people, shake hands, buy beers for people (and hopefully receive some in return). When you wake up in the morning, hit your social networks and seek out the people you just met to retain the friendships.
  • Relax and have fun! Remember, this conference isn't just about having your nose to the grindstone - it's about having fun and learning skills that you love. Take time to relax and you'll have a much more enjoyable time.

Did I miss anything? If so, post in the comments below to share your thoughts. And if you haven't yet registered, do so now!

Doing Agile Development with Drupal

I feel like the old way of doing things (Waterfall development) is broken. The appeal of it is very strong because it offers lots of guarantees and potentially fixed prices to the customer, but the truth of it is that the contracts and fixed bids don't reflect reality, and I recently read that because of that, two thirds of all software projects either fail completely or go over time, over budget, or both. Agile development is about a relationship of trust and partnership that is built between a customer and a development team. It's not about carefully laid contracts, It's about building something together that is the best it can possibly be. Most importantly, agile development mirrors and adapts to the reality that fixed scope doesn't truly exist in web development as ideas, technology and best practices are always evolving.

If you're building Drupal sites for clients and are new to the idea of Agile development, read on for a (very) brief primer on what Agile is all about.

Hosting a successful Drupal Training Event

Want to get new people excited about Drupal? The Global Training Days initiative is an exciting way to do so. Yesterday we held our first Training event in Gainesville, Florida with great success. We gained some insight on running a great training day along the way, so I wanted to share some thoughts for those of you interested in holding your own training event, and better yet, get your thoughts and ideas on how to make the next Global Training Days even bigger and better.