Evrone talked about knowledge management at RnDTechConf’21

RnDTechConf is a large IT conference for developers and managers in Russia. It takes place every year, and the Evron team has taken part in it more than once. In 2021, our experts were there again with a report.

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In total, the conference included 38 reports from leading speakers, eight workshops and 12 BOF meetings in seven areas: Frontend, Backend, Management, Design, DevOps, QA and Architecture.

The topics focused not only on practice and tools, but also on theories derived from the personal experiences of the speakers, as well as many discussions in the format of workshops. We also talked about soft skills and how to stay calm and relaxed while working in IT.

Our QA team leader, Tatyana Sukhodolova, gave a presentation on the importance of knowledge bases, and our DevRel, Grigory Petrov, chaired one of the keynote sessions.

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At each conference, the most interesting experiences happen in the breaks between reports and after parties. Here RnDTechConf can compete in leading conferences. The event took place at a country club on the left bank of the Don River, and in the center of the party stood a huge pool with inflatable unicorns.

The partner positions offered activities for all tastes: from board games to real tattoos. You can build a tower on an inflatable whale with a disturbed center of gravity, you can play kicking or air hockey, solve the secrets of Van Gogh paintings created by artificial intelligence, play with Master Yoda, win a year supply of socks or water bottles or suitcase, And get a lot of stickers. But the highlight of the program was the Code in the Dark tournament, where participants had to shoot and then encode quickly, with no preview of their work and only in HTML / CSS.

In the evening there was karaoke and disco, hookahs, a bar with cocktails and a barbecue. In general, food is an outstanding feature of RnDTechConf, and has been offered all day. Breakfast started with a variety of cereals and croissants, while lunch included various dishes from Russian, European and Asian cuisine, as well as vegetarian options. In between, you can get snacks, sandwiches and fruit.

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What we were talking about

Internal knowledge bases and knowledge management methods arrived in Russia not long ago, and many companies are just beginning their journey to create them. To her report, Tatiana, based on her experiences working on the Sbermarket project, answered the following questions:

  • Why can you not immediately create a new knowledge base from scratch if you already have an existing base?
  • How do you work on the structure of the knowledge base, and why is design important?
  • How do you smooth the transition from the old knowledge base to the new one?
  • How do you maintain the knowledge base and act?

By the way, Tatiana wrote the height of her speech on the phone within 20 minutes, and it took her another hour to prepare a detailed thesis plan. Much of her preparation time was devoted to creating slides and practicing performing in front of an audience.

Tatiana prepares the slides for her speeches herself, as it helps her build the report and better prepare for the speech. Both the report and the presentation were done in the style of a Cinderella story, and here is the reason:

When I started working on Sbermarket’s knowledge, I had a feeling I’m sorting bags of cereal: with buckwheat, millet and legumes. And there were a lot of these bags, and the cereals in them were good, but they were all mixed together. And I, like Cinderella, had to arrange it, put it in bags – shake the shell at the same time – and fix the bags. This is how the concept was born.

Tatiana Sukhodolova Tatiana Sukhodolova Head of QA Team, Evrone.com

DevRel Grigory Petrov assists all Evrone speakers in preparing their speeches. He himself gives reports at large conferences and knows how to organize them. He also has his own method of preparing for speeches, which is described in detail in an article on our participation in PyCon 2021.

Evrone has a system of internal meetings where our speakers can practice speaking in front of an audience. Then, they can gather feedback from colleagues and hone their performance to perfection.

Tatiana is an experienced and responsible speaker, so, along with the practice runs and slide creation, the preparation took only 50 hours. She has spoken to RnDTechConf twice already and plans to do so again.

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