Microsoft DevDays

What did I learn today? Actually 2 things... 
  1. There are people that actually read what I write here. 2 independent persons that didn't know I was writing this refered to it today... very cool
  2. I must be a very good Microsoft customer! The ticket for the DevDays said: Aad 't Hart, Microsoft B.V.  For a change the spelling of my name was correct, but Microsoft B.V. was absolutely wrong... Please let nobody get the wrong ideas here

Development productivity

In my job there is a constant discussion about the most productive way to deliver a piece of software. Of course many books and articles are written about this, but I have my own theory.
After the initial preparation of requirements and concept solution I get impatient.
I like action and preferably NOW. So I use a collaborative approach, it's like pointing a shotgun and fire it. Get the team together, discuss the goal and all at the same time go for it... It's a team effort to realize the goal, each with their own responsibility to hit the same goal.
Others prefer to use a sniper approach, based on care full planning before the silver bullet gets fired to hit goal. They claim that my method is difficult to control... but I use for my defense that I use a double barrel shotgun... so I can fire a second shot in case I miss.
Software is like a moving target, nowadays requirements change on the spot, like a bird in the sky. A shotgun is still the most effective way to hit your bird. The sniper approach was probably fine in the 80's when requirements where stable and we had many years to aim for our goal.

Google developers day 2007

The Exact Software Silicon Valley innovation team at the Google developers day. The differences between developer events all over the world are small.. What I noticed at this event was, the high number of 'geeks' with MacBooks and a relative young audience. Clive and I were probably the oldest around.