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The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities

By Dr. Greg Low

Published by Rational Press 2007

ISBN: 978-1-932577-32-7

Running and maintaining a user group over time can be quite challenging and rewarding at the same time. Having recently stepped into a new role as leader of our local user group I was looking for additional help and ideas that would provide me with the wisdom of others who have been far more successful at this than I have been in the past. I think it was actually through e-mail a couple months back that David Silverlight first recommended this book to me...and I've finally decided to buy the book and read it.

First off - it's a very easy and enjoyable read. I was able to read through it in an afternoon...so it's not going to take up tremendous time for you to read it. I was mistaken though in my first impression with the book - that is, I thought I might read it and then pass it on to another UG leader. Nope, not this one, it's staying on my shelf as an essential reference as time goes on.

This book cuts through all the craziness that can come with organizing, leading, or creating a user group and provides practical, tested ideas about topics such as providing better value for your user group members, realizing that "pizza does not make a user group", and the need to allow for more social networking time at group meetings (something that as I look back I realize was present in our last meeting and was quite welcome).

In short - if you're starting a user group, running one or want to find out how you can help an existing one, you should really check out this book. And if you don't want to buy it, I know of at least one other geek who's got an extra copy his wife wants him to find a new home for :)

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Back to top


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