Building a stronger team
It’s time to delve into the depths of knowledge sharing and software. And try to figure out why we bother organizing our own three-day conference and fly in our developers from all over Norway.
“There are fundamental changes in IT every single year, so in order to stay relevant you have to constantly learn something new. We want Equinor Developer Conference (EDC) to be an arena where you can both learn something new and share your knowledge with your colleagues,” Pål Grønås Drange tells us.
He’s one of IT’s leading advisors, with an emphasis on competence building and knowledge sharing. With great responsibility comes great power, so naturally he’s the head honcho and chief organizer of EDC.
"It's far too late for us to say that we're outdated and need to learn something new in 5 or 10 years time. We have to do it now."
Pål Grønås Drange
And in order to update yourself you might have to look out into the outside world to find people with the right talents or skills. But just as important is looking inwards at your own experiences.
“We’ve hired a lot of IT graduates recently and it’s especially important that we make sure they’re a part of the discussion. We have to find out and talk about what’s worked previously and what hasn’t worked. It’s about communication,” Pål says.
While he might be the head organizer, he’s far from alone working on EDC. All of Software Innovation’s leading advisors play a role of sorts, either in the organizing committee or the program committee.
“We want to make sure that we have a programme that caters to our daily work, but also give an opportunity to learn more about completely new topics in longer sessions,” Thorvald Johannessen tells us.
Equinor Developer Conference '18
Happy little coincidences
Where the aim of the keynotes and talks were to be useful in current or upcoming discussions in the company, the workshops were to give them the chance to learn something new.
“We tried to create a theme for people to learn more in, which this year was about API’s, product development, design thinking, agile and more. The aim was to give people the opportunity to follow a set “course” in subjects that are connected to each other,” Thorvald says.
But the speakers were also completely free to discard that completely and choose whatever you like.
“Usually, all of our speakers and hosts say that they had fun doing it. Also, the sense of community grows more when we’re a bunch of colleagues working together and having fun creating a conference like this one."
“I hope that everyone left the conference with a little boost and an extra bit of motivation. Both in terms of the social aspect and in terms of their work. Maybe they even got inspired to work in new ways?"
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