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Jenkins User Conferences 2012

February 28th, 2012

As a result of the success of the Jenkins User Conference last year in San Francisco, this year CloudBees and other sponsors are planning 4 Jenkins User Conferences around the world. Yup, that’s right — four!

Making events like these successful would be a win for everyone, so I’d like to encourage you to …:

Register to attend

If you are in the greater Paris or NY City metro areas, sign up now! You will experience lots of great learning opportunities and further your Jenkins knowledge. And perhaps more importantly, you’ll get the chance to connect with other Jenkins users and learn about the latest developments in the Jenkins project. I always love watching the community interact – we all learn from each other and on so many occasions, I have seen a Jenkins user have an “Aha!” moment in conversation with another Jenkins user. There’s something magical about meeting face-to-facet that you just can’t replace any other way.

Dates for the JUC conferences in the first half of 2012 are:

  • Paris — April 17: Early Bird discounted registration (€50) ends 18 February

  • New York City — May 17: Early Bird discounted registration ($54) ends 25 February

  • Registration includes all sessions, lunch, a social/networking hour at the end of the day and a FREE Jenkins t-shirt (a hot commodity at the JUC last October)

  • Two more conferences will be scheduled later in the year in San Francisco(Sept) and Antwerp (Nov), and there’s a planning going on for one in Tokyo — stay tuned for dates.
Apply to speak

Share your Jenkins knowledge with the community. The quality of the speakers was the most highly praised aspect of JUC 2011. If you’ve been writing plugins, tell the community what those are and meet people who use your plugins, which is quite a rewarding experience. If you’ve been using Jenkins in interesting ways, tell the community about it, and through the feedback you’ll learn just as much as they would. Do it fast though — the deadline for Paris is February 24th and for New York is March 16th.

Sign up to sponsor

If you can, consider sponsoring the events. If you feel your organization has benefitted from Jenkins, now’s your chance to give back to the community… and at the same time get some great visibility for your company.

 

If you still need more convincing about JUC, watch the highlights video from last year’s conference. Looking forward to seeing you!

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This week in Tokyo

February 16th, 2012

I’m back to Tokyo this and next week, doing all sorts of Jenkins related (and other CloudBees related) activities.

First was the Developer Summit, a two-day developer conference. It covers wide range of topics from mobile to web, agile to industry designs. Yesterday I’ve done a lightening talk, trying to convince them the importance of communicating and sharing (be it code, blog, etc.) The subtext was to do so in English, ideally, so that the rest of the world can see all the great stuff that they are doing, which for me has been a constant struggle in the Jenkins community. During this lightning talk the moderator asked the audience how many of them already use Jenkins, and about 1/3 of the hands went up. Then he asked how many already knew Jenkin, and about another 1/3 went up. So I was quite encouraged.

Today in its 2nd day, I’m doing my high-level Jenkins talk, trying to spread the words and explaining why CI (especially in the context of abidance of computing power) isn’t a transient phenomena, but instead a profound shift in how we develop.

On Tuesday next week, we’ll be doing the 5th Tokyo Jenkins user meetup. Thanks to the usual suspects in the Japanese Jenkins community and a kind offer from Rakuten (a Japanese equivalent of Yahoo, would be the best way to describe this company, I think), this time we’ve got a huge venue, but we’ve already filled up all 110 seats. We have a great speaker line-up, folks from Rakuten and Mixi (a Japanese equivalent of Facebook) discussing how they deploy CI in those large organizations.

I’ve heard from many yesterday that they couldn’t get in because seats are full. In one of those days, I’d really love to bring Jenkins User Conference to Tokyo in some shape. We’ll have to do with a lot less CloudBees involvement (and that means I need to find someone else who can help organize the event, as those things are quite a bit of work), but I think it’d be worth it.

The day after that, I’ll be with Mamezou (whom CloudBees partner with to deliver training in Tokyo) and do a short introductory talk/demo on Jenkins. Whereas the user meetup is more focused on existing users and building relationship among them, this event is more for new users who have no prior experience on Jenkins. Tamagawa-san, who translated “Jenkins the Definitive Guide” to Japanese, would also come to give a presentation.

I’ll have my usual one day training on Thursday, then on Friday I’ll be at the cloud user group meet-up to present about the CloudBees platform.

I’ve brought 300 Jenkins stickers with me, but I’ve already handed out about 50 today, and I’m already regretting that I haven’t brought more. The same goes to business cards — I don’t know what it is but Japanese sure loves exchanging business cards!

In between those I’ve got some company visits and other engagements lined up, and if I get lucky I’ll be meeting&drinking with some old friends. This weekend is likely spent preparing for talks and catching up with work during my Europe trip, but I’ve got the next weekend after all my commitments are done, so I should be able to do some unwinding, too.

All in all, it’s going to be a busy week. My apologies in advance for additional delay in e-mail responses, etc.

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