Failure Swapshop – BarCampNFP edition
Less techy than other bar camps I’d been too, but equally brilliant in terms of the things I learned, conversations I had and people (new and old) I met.
If you’ve never been to one, GO.
If you think there isn’t one relevant to you, set one up.
The unconference format works for any area of interest and I always learn more than at a “normal” conference.
I ran a failure swapshop towards the end of the day, a usual slow start where people needed some encouragement but then it really got going.
For those not familiar with the failure swapshop it follows a very simple format:
- “Hi my name is ____ and I failed”
- >> EVERYONE CHEERS <<
- Explain your failure
- Share the lessons learned
There are only 2 rules:
- We’re all friends
- Share only the lessons learned
The aim of the session is to encourage people to discuss their failures in a safe and supportive way, sharing only the lessons learned with those outside the room.
Lessons learned from Bar Camp NFP:
- Take a step back
- Understand your sector
- Don’t go it alone
- Listen first
- Proof read it twice
- Research first
- Don’t be afraid to speak up
- Check processes before you leap
- Trust your team
- Don’t do what you’re told
- Understand the people you work for
- Be considerate
- Don’t be arrogant
- You always have a duty of care
- Don’t trust the tech
- Be Prepared
- Don’t underestimate internal politics
- Don’t use old resources
- Plan time to check
- Journalists are not always your friends
- Don’t assume your processes are correct
- Triple check the project
- Take it slow
- Read the T+C’s
- Fail well & lie convincingly
- Order more coffee!
A HUGE thank you to all who took part, including those that tweeted and took photos.
My favourite tweet from the session:
A vine from @spirals
And finally, if you’d like to see some more: some notes from the Failure swapshop at barcamp bournemouth 3.