#PCM15 thoughts

Good evening

So #PCM15 was over, and frankly was a resounding success. London delivered as a spectacular location, and the community provided some great content. Thanks to everyone involved!  Oh; And also we re-raised the T-shirt bar, so thats good too  (This had slipped in recent times!)

Personally I felt I actually missed a lot of the content, so i’ll be perusing the slides to see what I missed!

Diethard has already mentioned there are at least 2 strong candidates for #PCM16, there’ll be a vote some time in the new year and away we go again!  I suggest we set out a timescale, and allow a period of “PR” for the organisers!

A couple of things were discussed extensively over the weekend, or rather there’s a few things that I think should be put out widely into the community.

The first was event timing. I’d pondered on suggesting a move of date – I feared PWorld was canibalising PCM, but even before #PCM15 I had spoken to a few people and come to the conclusion that the pros outweigh the cons.  I got a similar impression from discussions during the event too – So it seems to make sense to stick to our early autumn time slot.  I do think it makes a lot of sense to come after PWorld though.

The second thing was about event structure – well we’ve fallen into a pretty regular routine now, albeit each new organiser tweaks it in their own way. We now have a Friday event (hack in our case), multi track conference on Saturday and social events on the Sunday.  The feedback around this is that people are looking for some change – but it’s not clear what.  Personally I don’t think PCM is ready to move to a multi-day conference – I like the fact that we blitz it in one day.  In reality maybe we could extend Friday, but again – would people travel any earlier? Or would you just get the same attendees turning up late as before?

Finally a quick dump of advice to the next organiser:  ((I may add to this, i’m sure i’ve forgotten stuff)

  1. Use meetup / eventbright to help organise
  2. Be super clear about directions, hotels and locations.  Send repeated emails (we didn’t do this some people complained!)
  3. Clearly the event is free – but do charge for lunch. We do recommend lunch onsite – otherwise you’ll never get people back from the cafe’s again! (Cascais!)
  4. Be sure to produce clear agendas with multiple paper copies available at the venue
  5. Spread the load – you’ll need a team to help you both organise and sponsor the event. There’s lots of different aspects so this is pretty easy to do.
  6. Feel free to add your own identity / twist to the event, but remember we are here because the formula above has evolved and matured nicely!
  7. Remember this is a community event organised by the community for the community.  That does not mean pentaho are excluded – precisely the opposite. It is important that there is a strong Pentaho presence at the event.

Either way I look forward to whatever shape #PCM16 brings. I’ll be there!

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