Many people understand that occasionally one needs to DeFrag your hard drive ... remove and reorganize the clutter ... then add new content. The same holds true for your brain. In slightly less than a month I will head to Denver, Colorado for DeFrag 2008. This conference bills itself as accelerating the "aha" moment in Enterprise 2.0. I will be both a speaker and panelist ... in other words I will engage and participate. My topics will revolve around social software in the enterprise.
My question to you ... have you defragged your brain recently. While this conference may not be perfect for you, please understand that my participation at DeFrag is on my own nickel and vacation time. As technologists we have a responsability to maintain our knowledge. For example, this past Spring I spent most of a weekend at BarCamp Minnesota. I don't want to imply that my company does not provide me technical training. In fact, next month on my company's dime I will attend some Sharepoint 2007 training. However, if you want to succeed, you need to invest in yourself. Think of it as an ongoing research and development project. In these tough economic times, you will be glad you did!
Finally, if you want to attend DeFrag 2008, use my speaker code "rh1" and save $200 off the conference fee.