Everything That I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Rabbinical School

Yitzchok Willroth (19.Feb.2015 at 09:20, 30 min)
Keynote at PHP UK Conference 2015 (English - UK)

Rating: 5 of 5

Everything That I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Rabbinical School

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Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 10:15 by Jamie Lovelock (40 comments)

Inspiring.

Rating: 4 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 10:30 by Martin Buckley (7 comments)

A well delivered truly unique talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 10:49 by Dan Miller (3 comments)

Really enjoyed the talk, totally agree about the importance of "managing up" as it were. Pursuing and cultivating your own mentors is a superpower. Very professionally delivered.

Rating: 4 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 10:51 by Damian Crawford (25 comments)

I enjoy talks that question what you are doing to improve your community and some very valuable points to take away.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 10:57 by Anonymous

Superb keynote, engaging and delightful

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 11:03 by Lars Janssen (16 comments)

I'm ashamed to admit that I'd wondered about arriving during the first break, avoiding the need to wake up at 5.30.

Thank goodness I came on time! This was a great talk, well delivered and with an optimal blend of inspirational and practical. And now I know what a Rabbinical school is, which I really ought to have known already.

Yitzchok shows great respect for the host and audience, and I imagine every other human being he interacts with. If we all follow his example the world will be a better place.

Thank you!

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 11:09 by Liam Wiltshire (107 comments) via joind.in Android app

Truly inspirational keynote, great points.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 11:25 by Stephan Hochdörfer (206 comments) via joind.in Android app

Awesome keynote. Getting better every time :)

Rating: 4 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 11:25 by Benjamin Paap (15 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 11:28 by Benjamin Cremer (19 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 11:30 by garethellis (28 comments)

An inspiring and thought-provoking talk from an engaging speaker. The one star reviewer below was obviously not listening properly because this was not a talk "about religion" at all, but lessons learned from elsewhere in life that can be applied to programming. I thought it was great.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 11:57 by Dušan Kasan (1 comments)

Very nice and inspiring talk urging you to take initiative.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 12:10 by Graham Fereday (2 comments)

Very interesting and inspiring opening talk

Rating: 4 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 12:40 by Morten Bergset (36 comments)

I'll be looking into participating on a open source project after your talk. Thanks!

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 12:50 by Anonymous

Excellent

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 13:17 by Chris Levy (58 comments)

Very thought provoking keynote, and very well delivered.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 13:18 by Chris Hogben (18 comments)


Rating: 4 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 13:34 by Craig Vigors (7 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 13:37 by Stuart Lowes (6 comments)

Such an inspiration talk. If this was the only talk I saw at the conference I would be happy and reminded me of things that I should be doing more of.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 14:23 by Hamid P. (1 comments)

Great talk and really inspiring.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 14:58 by Jamie Stephen Conroy (6 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 14:59 by Shane Chris Cross Barker (7 comments)


Rating: 4 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 15:49 by Wojtek Iskra (31 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 15:50 by Dan Herd (8 comments)

Superb keynote. Exactly what you need to get any conference off to an inspiring start. Yitz has great delivery and the uncanny ability to find a suitable movie still to illustrate virtually anything he is talking about. The message is clear - have the confidence to mentor and be mentored - everyone's a winner if you do.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 16:05 by Ricard Clau (59 comments)

Very inspiring, excellent keynote

Rating: 4 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 16:17 by James Dunmore (84 comments)

Good opening talk, has made me want to contribute to open source.

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Feb.2015 at 16:53 by Mark Bradley (35 comments) via joind.in Android app

Great talk. very inspiring start to the conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 00:54 by Dino Korah (15 comments)

That talk was super ... gave me some really great tips to take my "experience" as a software engineer to the next level. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more of this kind of talks from you.

Rating: 3 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 06:58 by Ciaran McNulty (128 comments)

I thought this talk had some great advice and content. The delivery was very slow, measured and semon-like, which I didn't really react well to but looking at the other feedback maybe that's a personal preference? It felt like the talk overran but that could probably have been avoided by speaking a little faster.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 08:50 by Felix De Vliegher (41 comments)

Wonderful and inspiring keynote, I love how Yitzchok shared his wisdom about mentoring, learning and community involvement, all from his unique point of view. Excellent start of the conference!

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 09:13 by Shane Auckland (37 comments)

Very inspiring and insightful talk with an interesting hook. Very good delivery, well paced and engaging.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 09:14 by Nick Barham (10 comments)

Superb - very inspiring.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 09:18 by Stewart Walter (56 comments)

An excellent key note and an excellent start to the conference!

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 09:26 by Leszek Krupiński (52 comments)

Inspiring!

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 09:44 by Kwabena Aning (1 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 11:31 by Anonymous

Some good points, thanks :)

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 11:50 by Nicholas Thompson (17 comments)

A fantastic view on development (both code and personal). Loved it.

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 13:15 by Billie Thompson (37 comments)

I really enjoyed this keynote, well delivered and interesting.

Rating: 3 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 13:26 by Anonymous


Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 13:56 by James Titcumb (280 comments)

Great as always :)

Rating: 4 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 21:05 by Jakub Bis (10 comments)


Rating: 3 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 22:07 by Matthew Marcus (39 comments)

The "wisdom of the sages" ran the risk of feeling a little homespun at times, but overall this was an enjoyable talk. It inspired me to sign up at phpmentoring.org so perhaps it will change my life after all!

Rating: 5 of 5

20.Feb.2015 at 23:16 by Gez Page (12 comments)

The opening keynote at PHPUK never dissapoints. Yitz took us through an inspirational journey that gave me the go getting motivation that I come to these conferences for. Thank you.

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 04:37 by paul (11 comments)

Definitely the best talk of the conference for me. I love to walk out of a talk feeling inspired to try new things. The speaker was very professional and delivery was clear and articulate. Not a given!

Rating: 4 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 09:05 by Pete McFarlane (49 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 10:01 by Simon Norton (2 comments)

Very inspiring and a great way to start the conference

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 10:49 by David Carr (39 comments)

Amazing talk really made me think about how I work with others, going to change my day to day habits.

Rating: 4 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 11:02 by Jack Segal (23 comments)

a well presented talk in a different format. totally agree that learning off / teaching others is the way forward...

Rating: 2 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 12:39 by Gareth Parmar (10 comments)

The core of the keynote I found interesting. But I found the delivery a bit too sermon-like as others have mentioned. Had the Hebrew been left out the talk could have been shorter and a bit more to the point.

I have nothing against sermons or religious views, but at 9am after a 2 hour journey this talk didn't ignite my attention for the day ahead.

The core was good though.

Rating: 4 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 13:56 by Ian Jenkins (36 comments)

A good, solid keynote delivered with clarity and at a good pace.

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 15:12 by David Ives (21 comments)

Truly professional - the benchmark of conference speaking

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 17:44 by Christopher Hoult (48 comments) via Web2 LIVE

An excellent talk - Yitzchok has a wonderful, rich, deliberate delivery sprinkled with dry wit. Obviously his source material is rich, but enriched it even further.

Rating: 5 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 21:24 by Alessandro Zucca (17 comments)

I enjoyed this talk, and there are several advices that i'll take on board!

Rating: 3 of 5

21.Feb.2015 at 21:39 by dvdoug (13 comments)

Some good nuggets in there that are definitely worth considering, although I agree with others on the delivery - the Hebrew added nothing for 98% of the audience.

One thing the speaker seemed to forget to mention was a work/life balance - there's a line between passion and obsession (500 consecutive days of commits?)

Rating: 4 of 5

22.Feb.2015 at 14:46 by Gordon Skinner (11 comments)

A great, and thought provoking opening to the conference.

I always enjoy talks such as this that compare the act of development to something completely unrelated and show related themes running throughout both, so due (as well as the the content and delivery) to that I rate this talk highly.

I never particularly noticed the sermon or preachy nature of the talk that many of the commenters have pointed to, although in hindsight can understand that it could have come across in such a way


22.Feb.2015 at 16:40 by Johanna Cherry (11 comments)

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Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 08:49 by Ben Squire (12 comments)

Could listen to "Yitz" all day. Truly inspirational.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 08:51 by Thijs Feryn (185 comments)

Saw the 60 minute version of this talk at PHPBenelux and liked the 30 minute version even better: it feels more balanced.

Again: the opening phrases are brilliant. One would think you're doing a sort of intro, but you're already in full-on Rabbi mode. Awesome.

And the Hebrew/Yiddish is relevant, don't be fooled by other comments about it. This talk is how you apply Talmudic insights to your work as a developer. You learned it in Israël where they speak those languages.

Still one of the best keynotes I've seen.

How to make it better? The slides ... the slides ... the slides. They just don't fit your message. Git rid of the Pacman font, change the colors to black and white and apply your speaking style to the layout of your slides.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 09:45 by Ethan W (7 comments)

Very inspiring with some useful pointers and ideas. Love the idea of online mentoring, something I have traditionally done in a face to face role

Rating: 4 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 10:09 by David McCurdy (9 comments)

Just what was needed to get everyone in the mindset of the next 2 days, thanks

Rating: 4 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 10:24 by Steve B (13 comments)


Rating: 4 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 11:18 by Chris Hunt (5 comments)

Interesting an thought provoking

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2015 at 11:28 by Matt Dawkins (36 comments)

Took me a while to get into the speaking style, which was unexpectedly slow, but beneath that there was clearly a huge depth of wisdom that was very useful. The message about mentoring came across loud and clear.

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Feb.2015 at 10:44 by Modesto Caballero (7 comments)

Really inspiring, a great kickstart to the phpuk15.

Speaker comment:

24.Feb.2015 at 13:53 by Yitzchok Willroth (25 comments)

Thank you everyone for the wonderful feedback. It seems that in general the talk was well received and for that I am grateful. For those who took an extra moment to leave specific advice or suggestions, you have my appreciation (and those of future attendees of the talk, I'm sure!).

It seems there was some mixed reaction to the inclusion of the Talmudic Maxims in their original. I sought feedback from a dozen or so people on that very point after PHPBenelux and their reaction was unanimous in that I should leave them in as it lends "authenticity". The talk at PHPBenelux, however, was a 60 minute version and therefore included some interactive segments, more examples of those who "get it" and a few more stories, so the actual Talmudic Maxim content (the number of which is the same in both versions) accounts for a smaller portion of the talk. That might have been the difference. I'm strongly considering including them only in translation in future presentations of the 30 minute version based upon your feedback.

Finally, know that the only thing better than positive feedback is to see that the talk made a difference to you. If you left at all inspired, take action! And if you're so inclined, email (yitz@coderabbi.me) or tweet (@coderabbi) about your experience, I'd love to hear how it's going for you!

Thanks again to all who attended!

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Feb.2015 at 20:51 by Tom Oram (14 comments)

This talk started the conference beautifully. Yitz presented his talk in a confident, exciting and engaging way. The messages he was sharing are thankfully messages which are being spread more and more widely thought the development community. Using his own life learning as a reference was an fun, entertaining and engaging way to spread the messages e was sharing. Great talk and a great start to the conference.

Rating: 3 of 5

25.Feb.2015 at 12:16 by Richard Turner (17 comments)

I found the talk a little slow, and whilst it was a good introduction to the running theme for the conference - the importance of community - most of the advice could have been just as applicable to any community, not just one of PHP developers. Perhaps that was the point, but I don't recall that being stated explicitly.

Still, there's no doubt that we have a great community and we can all gain from further involvement in it; as a reminder of that the talk was good.

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2015 at 06:37 by Matthew Setter (25 comments)

This talk really resonated with me, really hit me where it counts. Whilst Yitzchok and I have walked different paths, I kept feeling that they we're actually quite similar. I loved the calm, and polished feel of the talk. I listen to a lot of speakers, but seldom one with such an obvious gift for speaking. This talk motivated me to figure out how to make the best of my own situation and to begin speaking at conferences myself. Thanks Yitz for such a well put together talk.

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