# Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In the beginning I used waterfall. There I said it. Looking back at the mid to late 1990s, I can’t believe how I ever got software developed at all! ;)

I was first introduced to Agile methodologies ten years ago. When I was the CTO of Zagat, one of our board members gave me a copy of Kent Beck’s original Extreme Programming Explained. At the time Zagat was doing a modified version of waterfall that was more “agile”, meaning we were doing things quickly and responding to the needs of the business (this was the .COM boom you know!), however, we were not Aglie insofar as we practiced any specific agile methodology. I read over Kent’s book (note to all of you CTOs out there, a board member gives you a book, you read it) and dismissed the concept of pair programming, but embraced several things in the book, including continuous integration and short iterative release cycles. At the time I don’t think it was called “iterations” but I sold it to the CEO as “short iterative chunks” of functionality. I would not make the argument that we were implementing XP, however, we did take some tenants of XP and roll it into our process. We even hired Steve McConnell to come in and help us with that. (That was the best part of the .COM era, we had budget to bring in Steve McConnell!)

After I left Zagat, I started my own business in New York. It was an online service to allow people see how the economy was doing by looking at the ad spend in certain categories (like jobs, autos, and real estate). At my new company we had 1 developer at first, so we started using a blended Waterfall/XP/Sprial/fly by the seat of your pants process since we were in startup mode. After we grew and had a few more developers, my lead developer forwarded me a blog post about Scrum. I read it over and told him that it was cool, but probably just a fad. (He still likes to remind me of this!)

A few years later we augmented our developers with a team in India. We suffered communication gaps and poor quality. (This was BS, or “before skype” in like 2004.) I was desperate to get a productivity boost from the team in India. It seemed that after each of my frequent visits to India, the team was running at like 200% for a few weeks and then leveled off back to the poor productivity. I decided to try out Scrum since the parts of our process that worked were the items we borrowed from XP.

Almost overnight Scrum worked very well for us. The team in India and the team in New York were in complete sync and the business was on board with the rapid release cycles (sprints). Since we were a small company, the entire company could participate in the daily scrum, increasing the communication flow and buy in from the business side. The team in India got addicted to the daily scrum and were in the zone. We were running circles around our competition. Life was good.

Then I read the scrum books. I read the section on “A cost effective alternative to offshore development.” (p136.) The guidance was not to use Scrum with offshore developers! (The argument was the scrum made teams so efficient that you did not need to go offshore.) There was also a section called “Rules.” I realized that I broke just about every rule! I was young and impressionable, so I figured that even though Scrum was working so well, if I followed all of the rules, I would get even better results. So I decided to become a certified scrummaster.

After a lot of trial and error, I realized that it was best to break the rules. More on this in my next post. ;)

posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 5:47:34 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 7, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Line of Business Apps Made Easy with Microsoft LightSwitch

You must register athttps://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=154306 in order to be admitted to the building and attend.
LightSwitch is the next generation Microsoft tool for rapidly building business applications. In this session you will learn about the basics of building and end to end LightSwitch application as well as customizing the user interface. LightSwitch ships with only a basic set user interface controls - but many of your business applications require a level of sophistication and interaction that LightSwitch does not provide. You'll will learn how to integrate custom controls into the LightSwitch shell, how to build add-ins for a richer UI experience, and how to integrate a custom shell experience.

Jason Beres, Infragistics
As the Vice President of Product Management, Community, and Evangelism, Jason spearheads customer-driven, innovative features and functionality throughout all of Infragistics' products. Mr. Beres is a Microsoft .NET MVP, on the INETA Speakers Bureau, and the author of multiple books on various .NET technologies, the latest being Silverlight 4 Professional from Wrox Press.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Reception 6:00 PM , Program 6:15 PM

Microsoft , 1290 Avenue of the Americas (the AXA building - bet. 51st/52nd Sts.) , 6th floor

B/D/F/V to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Ctr
1 to 50th St./Bway
N/R/W to 49th St./7th Ave.

posted on Monday, March 7, 2011 12:18:43 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Friday, March 4, 2011

I’ll be speaking in Sydney on Tuesday March 15th on building your own Agile methodology.  As usual, Joel will be joining me.

The Agile Buffet Table: Implementing your own Agile Process  with Microsoft ALM Tools

New to Agile? Having challenges implementing an agile process in your organization? Have you been using Scrum, but need to bend the rules to make it work in your organization? Can’t get the business to “buy-in”? Come and learn about implementing an agile process in your organization. You'll look at the “buffet table” of agile processes and procedures and learn how to properly decide “what to eat.”  We’ll start by defining XP, Scrum, Kanban and some other popular methodologies and then learn how to mix and match each process for various scenarios, including the enterprise, ISVs, consulting, and remote teams. Then take a look at agile tools and how they will aid in implementing your development process. You’ll see how Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 provides process templates for Agile that facilitate better planning and metrics. Learn how Microsoft’s application lifecycle management (ALM) tools can support your development process. Lastly, we will talk about how to “sell” agile to your business partners and customers. The speakers have a very interactive style so participation is encouraged and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Register now and get a free copy of JustCode ($199 value!)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (GMT+1000)

REGISTER NOW (by invite only event, use password: Telerik&&ALM2)


Citigate Central Sydney

169-179 Thomas Street

Haymarket, NSW

Sydney, 2000

posted on Friday, March 4, 2011 1:39:42 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 7, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Windows Azure Platform Development Overview

You must register athttps://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=153493 in order to be admitted to the building and attend.
This will be an overview of developing applications that run on Windows Azure.
In addition to the mandatory hello world application we will go into Windows Azure compute and storage capabilities and talk about upcoming features such as Azure Reporting Services and Windows Azure AppFabric Caching as well as the longer term Windows Azure Roadmap.
We will also give you guidance on how you can start learning and developing Windows Azure applications using Free Windows Azure resources.

Bill Zack, Microsoft
Bill is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft. He comes to this role after serving as a Solutions Architect in the Financial Services Unit of Microsoft Consulting Services. He is also a co-founder of the New York City .NET Developers group.
Over the past three years he has been focusing primarily on helping companies design and build applications based on the Windows Azure Cloud Platform. He is the Cloud Editor of the Ignition Showcase blog where he covers what’s hot in the Microsoft public and private cloud worlds.
He has given cloud presentations at conferences such as Cloud Expo 2010, local community technology events and has presented on cloud strategy and implementation to technical and business decision makers at many New York area companies.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reception 6:00 PM , Program 6:15 PM

Microsoft , 1290 Avenue of the Americas (the AXA building - bet. 51st/52nd Sts.) , 6th floor

B/D/F/V to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Ctr
1 to 50th St./Bway
N/R/W to 49th St./7th Ave.

posted on Monday, February 7, 2011 2:14:39 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When I was at TechEd Europe in Berlin last November, I sat down with my old friends from DotnetMania in Spain and chatted about Telerik, the cloud (I pimp SQL Azure besides Windows Azure!), developer tools, and also what it means to be a writer (first magazine articles then blogs) and speaking at conferences. I also explain what a Chief Strategy Officer is (I get that a lot) and have a great conversation about R&D and entrepreneurship.

Pay attention, I tell how and when I made the move from VB to C#. It is a bit geeky. Winking smile I also touch on the HTML5 v Silverlight debate (which was a hot topic back last November.) We finish up with a walk down memory lane to dispel the hype that we will “write once, run many” with HTML5.


Interview with Stephen Forte (CSO of Telerik) from Netalia on Vimeo.

posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:40:53 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 21, 2011

On March 1st at the MVP summit there will be a series of 15 minute sessions given by MVPs, for MVPs. It will be an opportunity for MVPs to share things they've learned or done with.net technologies.

I’ll be doing a Q&A session on Agile and hope to see you there.

For a current, full list of sessions visit: http://www.fladotnet.com/MVP2MVP_2011.html.

posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 11:09:55 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011 
Hack-Proofing your ASP.NET Web Forms & MVC Web Applications

Subject: You must register at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=152043 in order to be admitted to the building and attend.

Security is an afterthought with most developers. Easy hacking is a common problem with many web applications. This presentation explores the most common attacks on web applications, how they work to exploit your app, and more importantly, how to protect against them. Techniques such as Cross Site Scripting, Sql Injection, Session Hijacking, and Cross Site Request Forgery, and more will be covered. ASP.Net and MVC will both be covered as MVC has some separate concerns than standard ASP.Net applications. We will start with a 'broken' application and secure it throughout the presentation. Attendees will be taken through various tools, techniques, and libraries to help protect their applications.

Speaker: Adam Tuliper, Cegedim

Adam has been developing software for a variety of industries for over 15 years. He started his work in security and reverse engineering in the software protection field. This gave him a foundation for learning the internals of other technologies from Win32 systems to CLR systems. Adam has performed security audits and penetration tests for large corporations and small companies alike. He has been deeply involved in .Net internals since early beta and currently works as a Software Architect for Cegedim developing with WCF, ASP.Net, Sql Server, MVC, C#, and Silverlight. He enjoys helping people secure their code and solve difficult issues.

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011 

Time: Reception 6:00 PM , Program 6:15 PM 

Location:  Microsoft , 1290 Avenue of the Americas (the AXA building - bet. 51st/52nd Sts.) , 6th floor
Directions: B/D/F/V to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Ctr
1 to 50th St./Bway
N/R/W to 49th St./7th Ave.
posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:00:43 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, January 18, 2011

S.A. Developer.net

January 2011 – Building RESTful Applications with the Open Data Protocol

Please join us for an interesting session presented by Stephen Forte


Applications today are expected to expose their data and consume data-centric services via REST. In this session we discuss what REST is and have an overview of WCF Data Services and see how we can REST enable your data using the Open Data Protocol (OData). Then you will learn how to leverage existing skills in Visual Studio, LINQ and data access to customize the behavior, control-flow, security model and experience of your data service. We will then see how to enable data-binding to traditional ASP.NET controls as well as Silverlight. We’ll look at other consumers of oData including SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel, wrapping up the session by talking about consuming other OData based applications in .NET as well talk about a non-Microsoft client. This is a very demo intensive session..

Speaker Bio – Stephen Forte:

Stephen is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor in .NET components. He sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works and is also a certified scrum master. Prior to this he was CTO and co-founder of Corzen, Inc, a New York based provider of online market research data for Wall Street Firms and before that CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City as well as co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. Stephen is the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region, an MVP, INETA speaker and co-moderator and founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group. He speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world and has written several books on application and database development. He currently Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York.

Date: 27th January, 2011
Time: 18:15 for 18:30
Venue: Microsoft Cape Town (Please note the address below)
Golf Park 3, Engen House, Raapenberg Road, Mowbray
Please RSVP (!) at http://sadevct201101.eventbrite.com/

posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 5:46:09 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback