Mon, 19 Mar 2007
The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference is one of my favorite conferences. I think it usually runs about 200 people, so it's small enough to meet people. As a regional conference always in the same place (Portland, OR, USA), there's a continuity of attendees that allows some papers to be less introductory than in other conferences.
They tell me:
Sun, 11 Mar 2007
I need a picture of Jeremy Stell-Smith to use as decoration for my SPA 2007 talk. (It's background for a story about an epiphany I had while pair programming with him.) I no longer have his email address. If you do, could you forward this request to him? Thanks.
Thu, 25 Jan 2007
It's a crying shame how poorly we treat product directors on Agile projects. They're tossed into the hardest job on the team with no training, no support, and no one to talk to. Something Must Be Done.
I would like to have two peer workshops this year. The main purpose is to let product directors get together and teach each other. A secondary purpose is to have a mix of product directors, testers, programmers, and so on teaching other.
Since I will be in London anyway for Software Practice Advancement 2007, I'm thinking that would be a good place to have one, and March 30 - April 1 would be a good time to have it (possibly shifting it a day or shortening it a day).
The format I'm thinking of would follow the AWTA variant of the LAWST workshops. The format is one mainly of people telling their stories to the group, who respond by asking lots of questions. There's no time limit on a presentation, so the question-and-answer period can really probe into what happened and what conclusions can be drawn. There may also be open space style breakout sessions and lightning talks.
What I need is a local organizer. Up for it? Mail me.
I'm also thinking of having one in North America. Possibly in Chicago, Calgary, Toronto, Denver, or somewhere else.
Tue, 02 Jan 2007
August 13 - 17, Washington, DC, Marriott Renaissance Hotel
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Tue, 24 Oct 2006
My life would be ever so much better if I had a snippet of the ka-chunk sound that a 35mm slide projector makes when changing slides. Anyone got one or can record one?
Update: My life is ever so much better. There are at least three people in the world much better at Google than I am. Thanks, all.
Update: I've gotten requests for what I used. Here it is: http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/tagsViewSingle.php?id=4868. It uses a Creative Commons license.
Mon, 09 Oct 2006
If you're going to OOPSLA, I recommend you attend the tutorial Programmers are from Mars, Customers are from Venus: A Practical Guide to Working with Customers on XP Projects. I haven't taken it myself (never been in the right place at the right time), but I've talked to the lead presenter, Angela Martin, at length about the topic, and she's given me the complete notes. For those who don't know of her, Angela is one of the first names that springs to mind when you think about customers / product directors / product owners. Not only does she have practical experience, but she's also done some extremely interesting anthropological-ish research. Her co-presenters are Robert Biddle and James Noble, who have quite a good reputation as presenters. (Their postmodern programming presentation a few years back is a classic, a St. Crispin's Day event.)
I mention this because the description at the OOPSLA site has two flaws. "Working with Customers on XP Projects" in the title makes it seem that it's not for Scrum projects, but it is. And the blurb does not say, "This is for you too, programmers." From Angela's description, it most emphatically is.
Thu, 21 Sep 2006
I've been invited to the Software Practice Advancement Conference. The idea appeals: expense-paid trip to London, opportunity to rouse the rabble along some lines I'll be previewing here as I have time, and a conference that's said to be good (I've never been). On the other hand, I hate overseas flights because I can't sleep on planes, and Dawn almost certainly can't come with.
Here's what would tip me over the edge. There are lots of people I could learn from in London. If there are teams there who do something really well (making small stories, writing FIT tests, release planning, etc. - anything), I would like to come work with you for several days. Not just visit and watch, but act as much like a team member as I can. Let me know.
P.S. The idea of visiting practice is part of what I want to rouse the rabble to, something that lives in the same space as the MFA for Software, something that's part of my formal discussion of Jim Waldo's OOPSLA essay On System Design, which will be titled something like Surviving in a World of Ever-Looming Malignity: Or, Monasticism for the Married.
UPDATE: Yes, I'm not expecting to be paid for the visits.
Tue, 29 Aug 2006
Give a thought to going to the second Continuous Integration and Testing Conference in London on October 6-7. I went to the first one and liked it. I'd go to this one, but I understand you can't take water on planes now and I'm mostly water.
I will be going to the Simple Design and Test conference near Philadelphia (USA), on October 27-29.
And RubyConf is sold out already. Rats. That'll teach me.
Fri, 04 Aug 2006
Posted at the request of Ross Collard, organizer.
Mon, 31 Jul 2006
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Our criteria are evolving (and, starting with this second year, they're mainly in the hands of the past recipients). We are looking for people who provide both ideas and actions. We want people who are advancing the state of the practice. But we also want people who are spreading knowledge of the existing state of the practice, so that Agile teams know what more there is to learn. And we also want people who are helping people on a personal level, not just at the abstract level of ideas.