Festive Tech Calendar - Azure Lean Coffee

Festive Tech Calendar - Azure Lean Coffee

The Festive Tech Calendar is a free, month-long, fun tech event that features different content from various cloud community members around the world.

It aims to help people learn new skills, explore new topics, and have fun during the month of December. It also supports a charity each year, and this year it is raising money for the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The Festive Tech Calendar offers up to six tracks each day, covering a wide range of topics such as AI, machine learning, DevOps, Power Apps, security, compliance, and more. The content is on-demand and pre-recorded, so you can watch it at your own pace and convenience. Visit their website to find out more. You can also follow the Festive Tech Calendar on X (Twitter) and YouTube.

If you would like to donate, please visit theirJust Giving Page.

My contribution this year was in partnership with my good friend Karl Cooke, where we hosted a roundtable discussion with other community members, using the Lean Coffee format.

Lean Coffee is a meeting facilitation technique that allows participants to create and vote on an agenda based on their interests and needs. It is a structured, but agenda-less way of having productive and engaging conversations.

To run an online Lean Coffee session, I set up a Kanban board that has three columns: To Do, Doing, and Done.

In advance of the meeting, and again at the start, I invite my guests to add their discussion points to the To Do column of the board. When everyone is ready, I hold a voting round, where people can vote on all the topics within the To Do column, which I then rank by popularity.

The Doing column contains the topic that is currently being discussed, with a timer to roughly limit the duration. The Done column contains the topics that have been discussed, along with any action items or key takeaways.

I used a website called Easy Retro to host the board and share it with my guests.

For my Festive Tech Calendar submission, I'm joined by special guests Gregor Suttie, Michael Durkan, Keith Atherton, Jamie Maguire and Rukaya Ogazi-Khan.

Check out the session recording below:

Please remember that the Festive Tech Calendar supports a charity each year, and this year it is raising money for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. If you would like to donate, please visit their Just Giving Page.