Technical Skills Share Group

This group meets in Chelmsford on the 4th Wednesday and at the Acton Library other Wednesdays.

NOTE:

See Agenda for next meeting below

The Technical Skills Share Group meets in the Chelmsford Library's McCarthy Meeting Room on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (The April 2014 meeting wil start closer to 1 p.m.) The group meets at the Acton Memorial Library on all other Wednesdays of the month. The group is led by volunteers who research and lead technical projects. The goals of the group are to help high tech professionals in job transition share their skills and impart knowledge to others. This helps participants and members to be better prepared for technical interviews.

There are various technology subgroups. These help people migrate from one technology area to another; frequently there are people attending multiple subgroup events. We have some young members who are recent college graduates who have never gone through the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) or other product development process so they are learning the techniques that are used in different companies for SW or HW release with a resume project we are currently working on.

The Technical Skills Share group has been meeting since the Spring of 2009. The technology training covered by the group includes: C/C++, VBA, Java, C#, Perl, Computer networking - TCP/IP, MS Access, OOD, UML, DSP, Real Time Operating Systems, Cloud computing, Six Sigma, Source control, subversion etc. Technical presentations are led by participants, as well as by external speakers, who are experts in their area.

Independently, the group is also working on a product development effort that helps members learn, upgrade and sharpen their "product development" skills. All the work is led by the volunteers who research and lead the project on a weekly basis.

Every week, the first session includes an open discussion about the product development effort and reports on the progress each week. The second session is the technical presentation by a speaker.

As an added benefit the sessions provide networking between high technology professionals.

The group has had remote sessions which allow participants to attend events online remotely from their homes using DIMDIM technology. The group is still working on improving this service, and it is not widely publicized yet.

For more information about the group, please contact: skillsshareATyahooDOTcom

The group activities are free and open to the public.

Technical Skills Share Group Meeting Agenda:

NOTE:  The meeting may not start until closer to 1:00 pm because of a conflict with another library program.

NOTE THE NEW TIME:  Starting in April the meeting has shifted to an earlier time.  The order of projects has also changed.  This meeting is on the new schedule.  See below for the details.

Anyone with an interest in any aspect of the Software Development Lifecycle is welcome to attend to see if this group is of interest to you.  
Besides developers this might include web designers, project managers, support persons, or those interested in learning about these roles, but others are welcome too.  If you are not sure where you may fit in we will help you to figure it out.

Technical Skills Share Group Meeting

When:         12:30 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where:        Chelmsford Public Library, McCarthy Meeting Room**
http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/library_info/directions
Agenda:
12:30 to 1:00 pm:      Intros, Announcements and recruiting updates

1:00 to 2:15 pm:        Musician’s Manager Project
·         Brian Keefe Call In – if available
·         Scrum
·         Programming review
·         Review of user stories
2:15 to 2:25 pm:        Break
2:25 to 3:40 pm:        Java (Event Boss/Android) Project
·         Scrum
·         Programming review
·         User Story updates
·         Analyze & Assign User Stories
3:40 to 3:50 pm:        Break
3:50 to 4.50 pm:        Data Analytics Project (Python, R, Hadoop)
·         Scrum
·         Technology review
·         Project ideas
·         Training opportunities
4:50 to 5:00 pm:      Plan agenda for Wednesday, April 30th, open forum, networking

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 30th at the Wilmington Public Library.

**Meetings are every Wednesday at Acton Memorial Library, except for the 4th Wednesday of each month when the meeting is held at Chelmsford Public Library.

We would like to thank:

  • Acton Memorial Library for the use of their facilities, A/V, and other items.
  • Chelmsford Public Library for use of facilities (as above) on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • SourceHosting.net for outsourced source control and bug tracking services

For further information about the group please contact:  
tssg-management@googlegroups.com