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Wednesday July 30, 2008
12:45 PM

And now I have my evaluations :-/

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I got feedback from 12 people, which I'm guessing is about a quarter of the audience. I had a number of people who either didn't know what to expect, or found the math a little hard. The ratings averaged out to 3.67/5. I have no idea how people tend to rate these things. I'm guessing that is at the "improvement needed" end of the scale, which is not entirely surprising considering that it was the first talk that I ever did on this scale. However I'd have liked to do better than that.

Does anyone have any idea how I should be scaling my expectations?

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  • The average rating was 3.96. Apparently nobody got a truly stellar rating.

    So I clearly have some room for improvement. But not a bad starting point given my material, the length, and my lack of experience speaking.

    I can't say I'm really happy with that result, but I'm not overly depressed over it either.

    • At the very least, you got feedback. I never found out anything about my "Logic Programming in Perl" talk. I suspect it wouldn't have been too terribly good as I'm hardly a Damian or Dominus and it was a rather esoteric topic.

  • Don't worry about the comments too much. You'll do better next time. :)

    The harshest comments come from people who have odd expectations that are totally beyond your control. A few people didn't like my Mastering Perl tutorial because it covered the same topics as the book. I'm not sure why they think I would leave stuff out of the book, or why a class of the same title as the book given by the author of the book would be that different.

    Note the you should see two numbers in your evaluation: one for your tal

    • Huh. People on average thought exactly the same of the presentation and of me. But different people thought differently of me and the presentation.

  • 4.4 here, which I'm told is pretty good.

    Only the damianesk keynotes get the really high scores though.

    Comments, on the other hand, weren't very useful, as they didn't really add anything.