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August 28, 2007

I love Manresa State Park

We went camping this weekend at Manresa State Park. Paul, Reed and I had two great surf sessions. We were alone in the water with 2 ft waves. Beautiful sunset, great waves, just 20 feet from a campsite. manresa.jpg

Posted by Chris at 10:33 AM

August 23, 2007

BAY Area Agile Presentation

Steve and I will be presenting at the Bay Area Agile group if you missed us at Agile 2007. Here is the abstract and info:

September 11th Meeting: Enterprise Agile Software Development in an On-Demand World
Tuesday, 24 July 2007

September 11th - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: Microsoft Offices, One Market Street, San Francisco

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TOPIC: Salesforce.com has recently completed an agile transformation of a two hundred person team within a three month window. This is one of the largest and fastest “big-bang” agile rollouts. This talk discusses why we chose to move to an agile process, how we accomplished the transformation and how we are applying agile software development at scale.

We will also cover effective release planning, automation and test focused development and tools for driving communication across your organization.

IMPORTANT: Please indicate if you would like food at the meeting. Sandwich, drink, cookie and chips for $7. We will buy the food and get it delivered. You pay for it on arrival and eat it! The last few meetings we have ordered more food than required. So we're changing the model - we will only be ordering food for those folks who indicate that they WANT it and we'll be collecting the $7 for it at the door. If you can't make the meeting and you've ordered food please let us know. Thanks.

Posted by Chris at 10:25 AM

August 21, 2007

More Agile 2007 comments

Pete Behrens gave a nice review of our presentation at Agile 2007. Thanks Pete!

Posted by Chris at 08:05 PM

Agile 2007 Paper

Our Agile 2007 Paper is downloadable here...

Posted by Chris at 04:55 PM

August 20, 2007

Back from Agile 2007

Steve Greene and I just got back from presenting at Agile 2007. We spawned at least one blog post here . Our talk went well, it's pretty clear that most companies have not yet transitioned to 100% agile development and are all in an intermediate state of change. Our message of 'go all in' went over pretty well.

Posted by Chris at 10:36 PM

Technorati passes away...

It's sort of sad to see technorati fail. I went to a few of their early parties and their space and team had the feeling of a great startup. Not quite sure why they failed, I think it is because they never got their infrastructure under control (poor performing search) and they never figured out their business model apart from being ad driven.

Posted by Chris at 10:32 PM

August 11, 2007

Back From Vacation

Got back from vacation yesterday. Got off the plane, went to sleep, went to work. I always try to read a lot when I'm taking time off. This vacation was especially good. I read five books in five days and polished off a few more later on.

First the non-fiction, I've been super interested in hedge-funds recently so I got a couple non-fiction finance books. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management tells the story of the rise and fall of Long Term Capital Management. It's a great read and reminds you anyone can fail in the market, even PhD Economists from MIT with Nobels.

Liar's Poker is the story of bond trading at Salomon by an insider, Michael Lewis, who wrote Money Ball.
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

Now the fiction, first I read Harry Potter. Very nice read, the ending was a little too pedantic.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

Thirteen Moons was amazing. It's the story of a self made man in the early west. Charles Frazier wrote Cold Mountain: A Novel one of my all time favorite books.

Thirteen Moons: A Novel

The emperor's children was a great read.

The Emperor's Children

And a mystery to close it out Labyrinth

Posted by Chris at 09:50 PM