Recently I was able to present for the first ever time at a UK SharePoint User Group, more specifically I was able to present as part of the line-up for the Southampton User Group.
And I have to admit that it was a lot of fun. Having being a long term TechNet junkie, the idea of getting in front of anyone, least of all a room of informed and knowledgeable peers was somewhat intimidating. But thanks Ian Woodgate (@ianwoodgate) of PointBeyond, who also doubles up as the gang leader for the SharePoint User Group South, I was able to give it a go.
My topic of choice was CodePlex and some of the wonders that it contains. I firmly believe in the value of community and as collaboration professionals that trade in a collaborative platform / currency, it stands to reason that there’s a lot we can learn from CodePlex. This is both from a soft skills, networking and technological perspective. For instance, I’ve met a few talented and gifted individuals looking at the projects that I have.
Talking about this, plus how some of the general Open Source vs Commercial lines of thinking can apply to SharePoint add-ons was also a part of my presentation. I probably could have explored a lot more in-depth than I discussed at Southampton last night but hopefully some thoughts were triggered.
And one question from Ian Chivers already has me thinking about Open Source communities. I’d not given much thought to that community but it definitely worth considering.
Overall, I believe that both the CodePlex / Open Source work plus my own presentation style and ability can only improve from here onwards.
So, with that being said, here’s a link to the presentation itself. I’ll gloss out my presentation notes into something more presentable and will get these upload soon.