Next week a coworker and I are being sent to a local coding conference. This morning our manager sent us an email pretty much telling us we need to take our laptops and hinted at doing a google document so he can see us take notes in real time. This really rubbed me the wrong way and both of us emailed him back. These emails I have posted below. I'm wondering if you guys have encountered these types of expectations from your bosses. I've been a professional programmer for over 10 years and have never had this type of micro management about being sent to a conference. Just wondering if "coworker" and I are not seeing things clearly or if our boss is being a little weird about this.
From: Boss Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 11:51 AM To: Coworker; Me Subject: Re: DevConnections next week
Really guys? Whatever works for you, I guess. But I'm expecting that you have detailed enough notes to adequately share sessions you attend, including any URLs for supporting information, etc. This is not a "would be nice" but a professional expectation for attendance at these type of events.
On 3/25/11 10:08 AM, "Coworker" wrote:
The hotel where the conference is being held is huge. "Lugging around your laptop" is an accurate description he he.
I myself am not a classical learner. I learn by paying attention, participating in the class topic, and asking questions. If I try to take notes it's destructive to my learning process. A gifted teacher in community college, Dr. Phar, pointed this fact out to me and told me I was a "visual learner". After that I was able to excel in college and obtain my Master's Degree.
To meet Boss's requirements I generally take a half day after the conference to put together some presentation material for the team.
-----Original Message----- From: Me Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 9:48 AM To: Boss; Coworker Subject: RE: DevConnections next week
Thanks for the reminder. I was definitely planning to take a notebook to take notes and have no problem sharing information I come back with, but I would rather not lug around the laptop if I have the choice. Is that ok? Maybe we could take our laptops and keep them in the trunk in case of a work emergency? What do you think?
-----Original Message----- From: Boss Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:39 AM To: Me; Coworker Subject: DevConnections next week
Coworker / Me,
Don't forget to take your laptops next week and take notes to share with the team. As in the past, we can schedule a review session to share the highlights. Maybe use Google Docs and share your notes with me and . >Also, take some time to coordinate your session attendance to help hit all the good topics.
Have fun, Boss