The Glass – Perspectives on creating community

I’ve been asked to share with my colleagues some ways my efforts over the past couple of years have created or affected a technical community amongst disparate enterprise companies.

One view is that you can count attendance and determine if it was worthwhile. What I learned quickly was it had to be relevant to the community and it had to be consistent and up to date.

What I enjoyed most was the community. The people who used the time to meet others in the group and also to catch-up with me and my colleagues. So I guess I am the glass is half full kind of guy. After reading one of my old IEEE spectrum magazines I figured there were other ways of looking the this effort:

Is the glass half full or half empty?

  • Optimist: The glass is half full.
  • Pessimist: The glass is half empty.
  • Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
  • Solution Architect: The glass needs to be redesigned.
  • Project manager: The glass is performing at half the capacity it was designed for
  • Tester: The glass has a safety factor of two
  • Developer: The glass is is in beta.
  • Infrastructure Architect: This is one of two glasses
  • Sales: It’s not only half full, but half priced as well
  • Financial Services: The glass has just under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets.

Philosophically speaking, you could take one of the following:

  • The glass is always full, it just depends if you want the glass to be full of air or water
  • The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty — it's just half-a-glass!
  • A glass can't be half empty because half of nothing is still nothing
  • what matters is whether you are thirsty, not whether the glass is half full or half empty
  • If you just look at the glass and don’t do anything, it doesn’t really matter

So, I probably subscribe to last one as a process guy . Plan-it, do-it, review-it.

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