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Getting the Most Out of Team Meetings

The Open Source Team is different than a lot of other clubs. At our meetings, we don’t just hang out and talk: We get stuff done. Being productive, however, requires a bit more time and effort on the part of each member. The old adage, “You get out of it what you put into it”, really applies here. Here is a short list of ways to get more out of our team meetings:

Come prepared
What was it you wanted to do at the meeting today? Did you forget? Sit down an hour before the meeting and make a list of things that you want to do, share, ask, or discuss.

Brag, even. Tell other people what you’ve done on the project so far and what you’ve learned. Don’t wait for whoever is running the meeting to ask you.

Ask questions
Simply asking other people how they’re doing with the project will help you stay up-to-speed with it. If someone else is already contributing code and you’ve only just compiled the project, ask them how they did it.

Help others
People don’t always ask for help– sometimes you need to offer. Helping others is a great way to learn and make new friends.

Offer ideas
Fresh, new ideas are what keep this club interesting. If you just thought of something that might make the club better, share it!

Overall, to get the most out of the club you need to be proactive. This is your chance to use the skills you’ve learned in college on real life projects. Contribute!