How to Teach Anything to Anybody, Even Your Dev Team

A session at RubyNation 2010

Michael Jordan will never be an effective NBA coach. He was the greatest player ever, but being great at something is a fundamentally different skill set than being able to coach others to greatness.

The Ruby community moves too quickly for any of us to be an expert in everything. We all need to be both teachers and learners, coaches and players.

Being a great programmer won't make you a great coach. As programmers and managers, you can multiply your impact by raising the game of those around you. Like basketball, there are just a few techniques that you need to be great - then it takes practice. In this session we'll crunch years of education study and practice into three principles you can deploy tomorrow.

In this session we'll explore each concept then work through examples applying them to the typical development shop. Attendees will leave with the understanding and framework to be great teachers.

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Jeff Casimir

Principal at Jumpstart Lab where I teach Ruby, Rails, and related technologies. bio from Twitter

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