Planning meetings with multiply particpants in Wave

For the Google Wave meetup we in Copenhagen today, we did all the planning regarding the meeting in a wave. It did not work out. It was only three participants how showed up to the meetup, and it was all the presenters or organizers. I hope that it is just the weather, but think there could also be some part of the wave usage that could be different.

We did some mistakes that I will probably do again, but at least try to avoid.

  • First we did a survey about when to have the meeting, and we had to change the time because it did not fit with the schedule of university where the event should be held.
  • I also asked people to contribute and participate in create an agenda. Most people are not interested in giving presentations, but instead what to learn. Which is why the meeting is taking place.
  • We did not send out reminder mails. It would probably be a good idea to send out reminder mails to all the involved participants in the wave a day or two before. Many people may have mute the wave so they don’t see it as a reminder that an upcoming event is taking place.
  • Did not have a clear RSVP where people could indicate that they were going to attend.

So next time we are going to plan a meetup. We will create an agenda and a place a head of time and then add people to sign up to the event. I if they want then people can contribute to the agenda if they want more topics.

I will also send an email to all persons how have indicated that they would like to come or are coming. That will for me sometimes make it easier to attend.

Planning meetings might be something that will be much easier to do in 12sprints, since you have a much more controlled environment for creating decisions.

I talked with Jacques Holst about planning, and he said the web never had been a one communication strategy. I think we have to remember that there are many other forms of communication to look for.

Image by Jonas K

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Wave meetup in Copenhagen

I finally found a date for the Wave meetup in Copenhagen/København. I proposed the idea in this blog.

On the wave for the event “Wave meetup in København” 8 persons have indicated they are able to attend the meeting. So we will hold a meeting on November 25 2009 at 17-19.

The place will be IT-Universitetet i København, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 København S. Information about the location will be provided on the blog and on the Wave above.

The agenda at the moment looks like the following.

  • The status of wave
  • Why we see wave as interesting and our ideas of wave
  • SAP and Enterprise Waving (Daniel Graversen)
  • Usage of Wave by students (I hope)
  • Planing of new meetings

Registration for the event on the Wave, or post a comment on this blog.

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Wave meetup in Copenhagen

If you are from the Copenhagen area, please join the Wave meetup that I’m planing. I would love to be able to meet and talk, with people also passioned about Wave.

It should be possible to find enough people, who would like to be smarter on Wave and share their stories.

I’m planing on holding the event 23-26 november from 17-19. Please indicate on the Wave or on doodle, link below.

If you are on Wave you can join and comment hire http://su.pr/272BSI

Otherwise you can add you comments to the blog, and indicate the days you can at http://su.pr/2Ur9Gs.

The agenda for the meeting looks like the following now.

  • What is the status of Wave
  • Why are you interested in Wave
  • SAP and the Gravity
  • Should we have regulary meetings or events
  • .. Other areas of interest ..

I do hope to see many there.

Image: beatak

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Wave hackathon in Copenhagen

Today a wave hackathon was held in Copenhagen. Tommy Pedersen from Miraclegeekhouse started with the ide and got everything organized. National IT and Telecom Agency (IT- og Telestyrelsen) hosted the event in their nice meeting rooms.

The group ready to start Waving

The day started with an introduction with Tommy, about Google Wave and how to build robots. So everyone got up to speed on what wave was.

Joakim showing how to make gadgets

Then Joakim Recht from Trifork gave an introduction to the gadget api and how to use the shared state in gadgets. It was a good introduction, which made me wanting to code a gadget.

We had a brainstorm before the meeting in a wave. See the embedded wave for more information (sorry none wavers, I felt like this was the time to use the embed plugin).

We had some hectic hours programming on wave in small groups on the subject of our choise.

For the presentation we had some problems namely that the link between the Wavesandbox and Appengine was very slow. We had therefore response time of up to 5 minutes, before robots could interact. The robot demos were therefore pretty lame.

Bjarke Walling and Allan Ebdrup had made a gadget to make freehand drawings in. It was possible to collaborate on drawing in the wave, and both participants could see the drawing. He had some problems with the mouse down and up events, which was a little slow. Also the drawing created a lot of events, so the playback was long.

Bjarke presenting his drawing gadget

I was together with Bo Stendal Sørensen and worked on a robot to record each participant’s contribution to the wave. It mostly ended out in a research project for how to annotations works. It was a pain, but I hope to be able to create a write up about it soon. It might solve some hair lose.

It was a great day, and we all learned a lot from the event. Big applause to the team around the event.

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