Event invitation – Women Techmakers Montreal

Invitation to join online event: Women Techmakers Montreal!

Hello everyone! Today’s post is an invitation to the Women Techmakers Montreal event.

Women Techmakers is a program created by Google to celebrate International Women’s Day and to highlight the talent of women in technology. This program has been in over 200 global events and seen across 52 countries. The next event will be on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Last year, I remember being really excited to go to the event in Montreal, when COVID hit and events all over were cancelled. Luckily, the organization switched to an online event instead. It was an amazing day! Full of such inspiring women, and such a beautiful community.

This year, I wanted to: 1- let more people know about the event, and 2- get people to join the event!

Who can join?

All genders are welcome! If you’re into tech, I’m positive you’ll find a topic that will get your attention. Sign up and enjoy (:

The event is totally free and lasts the whole day (from 9AM to 6PM EST). Check out their amazing agenda.

If you’re wondering about what happened last year, check this playlist with their sessions.

Find more info on their site.

I hope to see you there!

Convite para evento online: Women Techmakers Montreal

Convite para evento online: Women Techmakers Montreal

Olá! O post de hoje é um convite ao evento: Women Techmakers Montreal.

Women Techmakers é um programa criado pelo Google, para celebrar o Dia Internacional da Mulher e para realçar o talento das mulheres em tecnologia. Este programa já passou por mais de 200 eventos globais e 52 países. O próximo evento será no sábado, dia 20 de Março, 2021.

Ano passado, eu me lembro de estar muito animada para participar do evento em Montreal. Porém… o COVID aconteceu e eventos foram cancelados. Felizmente, a organização mudou para um evento online. Foi um dia maravilhoso! Cheio de mulheres super inspiradoras e uma comunidade linda.

Esse ano, eu quis: 1- fazer com que mais pessoas descubram o evento, e 2- fazer com que mais pessoas participem!

Quem pode participar?

Todos os gêneros são bem vindos! Se você gosta de tecnologia, eu tenho certeza que você encontrará um tópico que te interessa. Se inscreva e aproveite! (:

Importante: por ser realizado em Montreal, todo o conteúdo será em inglês ou francês.

O evento é de graça e dura o dia todo (das 9AM às 6PM EST). Aqui você pode consultar a agenda do dia.

Caso você queira ver o que rolou no ano passado, aqui está uma playlist com as sessões.

Para mais informações, visite o site oficial.

Espero te ver por la!

Check out this post in English.

Communication tips for tech people

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Hello hello!

I want to talk about communication, mostly focusing on what we, geek souls, do as common mistakes and what we can do to improve it.

Personally, I’ve always tried to make an extra effort to communicate as clearly as possible. And that is a rule I live by, specially when I talk to non-tech people. What I mean by that are managers, scrum masters, project stakeholders and clients for example. We need to know that when we’re talking to someone, and that person is not from an IT area (or maybe even is!), they may simply not know the terms we are used to.

When you try to sound fancy talking about your job, about how you solved or stopped something from happening the other day, you may feel a need to drop-in some technical terms…perhaps you should ignore that need.

Truth is that you will sound like someone who has no empathy to their listener.

Eventually, your colleague may even ignore talking to you because they just don’t get what you say. Ouch.

Imagine you know nothing about cooking, and then you go ask a chef for a recipe, and they talk about all different kinds of kitchen utensils and cooking techniques, using all kinds of French names and other stuff you have no idea about. Would you like that kind of approach? Wouldn’t it be better, if the chef explained it to you in an easier way? Gosh, you just wanted to have dinner.

So whenever you feel like taking a shortcut and use all the terms you do on your job, take simpler steps. Describe them, explain what they are, use common terms, and most importantly – show examples.

Once you remember this rules, your communication should flow more naturally, and people will want to talk to you because now they get it!

Where can you apply all this?

Everywhere. In person/online meetings, emails, blog posts, events. There’s no limit, go for it.

Take a few extra moments to actually explain the process. Always give the person the context behind what you’re talking and they’ll most likely understand it. Don’t get too attached to some terms. You may be even repeating the same thing without realizing it, because you’re not listening to yourself.

For example, let’s say you’re running out of space on your server’s disk drive, due to the size of your backup files. You need to bring in your manager to discuss your options, which may include budget wise decisions.

Start by giving them context. Explain what are the backups. Explain WHY you need to take backups. And win they heart by scaring them off with “here’s what happens if we lose the files for a week”. Show them a screenshot of how much disk space you’ve used vs how much you’ve got left. Bring them the info of how often you clean the folders and zip files, and approximately how much time you spend on that. Once you lay the ground, they will see how relevant that is, and why you need their money support.

That’s what works for me. Looking at if from a slightly different communication tool, I love it when someone is having an issue and they send me an email with all the information I need upfront. A beautiful email would contain things like:

  • what happened
  • when it happened
  • what’s the suspected root cause
  • what happens if this is not fixed within x hours/days/weeks
  • who uses it
  • and if they’re an angel they may even give me a suggested fix (mostly within IT teams)
  • they avoid using really specific terms and describe things instead
  • they avoid using internal terms that others from outside the team may not know

That makes my life easier. I don’t need to be going back and forth about the issue, because just with that one email, I have enough to *at least* start investigating. Honestly, by being proactive about that email, the person just saved ourselves a chunk of time and our inboxes some space. There is nothing more frustrating than going back and forth trying to understand what happened and the other person is just trying to scape from your questions.

There are many other tips about this topic, so I’ll bring it again. In the meantime, what’s something you do that makes your life easier when communicating with non-techs? Share it on the comments below 🙂

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