Yesterday I ran the Madrid’s Half Marathon and now that spring is here, those 21K in Madrid are quite funny. In Avanade we have a Yammer group for runners, and in the past days before the race someone shared a list of 10 tips for the day of the race. (By the way, I already wrote about why must use Yammer, and forget about emails). Most of these are common sense ones, however they are quite applicable to the world of the development of the software, especially for a hackathon .
For example: “do not use any new stuff“. Is a very bad moment if you to decide to use a set of new sneakers, in the same new day that you are going to spend more than 90 minutes punishing your feet. Blisters, abrasions or even a bad choice of shoes may be the failure in a race. Similarly, when arriving at a hackathon, it is “nothing new in hardware or software” is always a good advice. This types of event usually are located for a short period of time so, there is no time for software or hardware errors. If for example, you decide to bring your new laptop, it is best that you go installing all the tools that you use in your day to day during the previous week.
Caution, there is a big difference between a race and a hackathon. On the 2nd we will learn as well as you create. So, for sure, you’ll know people who help you to learn new skills. So, you really want to lose 60 minutes reinstalling a stable version of a soft-you know, when you could take them to install a new IDE and also learn beside someone .
Another tip that you need to follow Yes or Yes, when you run is “rise time“. In addition to problems you can arrive late, or being anxious to upon arrival; Here the most valuable resource we have to take care of is time. It is advisable to eat about 3 hours before the race, that time is ideal to be able to assimilate the food well and take advantage of them in the race.
If we are going to the world hackathon, the comparison is simple and we can do it in questions of auto mode because of the style, really want to arrive late and Miss 1 hour in a 3 hour session? The previous day before the hackathon we recommend to leave prepared everything for the event. In the same way, properly plan trip to the event is something that is appreciated. (If, as in my case, you move with a variety of hardware in tow, planning is essential)
And during the holidays, I think that I’ll be here. Post could go much further, with comparisons related to training or the decision of what kind of task you will perform; but it’s time to add a couple of KMs more legs which, in a few days, there is another good competition.
Greetings @ Madrid