ZendCon 2017: Teach your nerds

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Back in 1999 I managed a development team of around 15 developers. We were on a high-pressure project, working long hours and crunching it hard. As the director, I could contribute little to the day-to-day coding projects, so I did what I could to ease the burden and make life as comfortable as I could for them.

Learning is like taking a break

One of the things I picked up was that learning was a great break from a project. We could spare an hour or so each week for a group learning session, and the benefit was more than just the knowledge gained. It was a chance for the entire team to come together, have a few laughs, learn together, and strengthen the team.

Keep your herd healthy

I wrote about it in one of my first internet famous articles, “Nerd Herding”. Point #3 is all about “Teaching your Nerds”. While I did not talk about conferences in that particular piece, the advice applies equally to those considering sending one or more developers to ZendCon 2017.

It’s important to train your developers.

  • Peer conferences like ZendCon provide valuable insight into new concepts and techniques being used by other teams.
  • Conferences take your developers out of the day-to-day grind for a bit and allow them to sit and reflect on the problems they are solving. This time of reflection often results in better solutions than are derived in the heat of the moment.
  • Sending a team of two or more to a conference amplifies the value gained from the conference because it multiplies the effect of the previous two points.

Keep your herd healthy by training your nerds on a regular basis.

Send your team to ZendCon

Send a team of your developers (contact us for a discount if there’s 6 or more) to ZendCon 2017 and reap the benefits all year long!

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    [GUEST BLOGGER] For the past 13 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of “management by wandering around”. These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like [Nomad PHP](https://nomadphp.com). He speaks at conferences around the world on topics ranging from technical talks to motivational talks for developers.

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    [GUEST BLOGGER] For the past 13 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of “management by wandering around”. These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like [Nomad PHP](https://nomadphp.com). He speaks at conferences around the world on topics ranging from technical talks to motivational talks for developers.