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Welcome to my new home!

Thanks for coming by and checking out my new blog site. I’m really excited to be hosting this on my own. As part of my 2008 resolutions, I’m trying to consistently have new content and be less sporadic.


I’m using DasBlog as the engine for this blog. As a .Net developer, I’m very happy with it. It is easy to modify, easy to understand how it’s working.


Again, thanks for reading!

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Day of .Net in Ann Arbor

Day of .Net in Ann Arbor this fall is on October 18th:

Day of .Net October 18, 2008 - Be there!

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Defining Project Success

There is an article in Dr. Dobbs that describes a survey performed by the author. The survey was intended to query Project Managers, IT Managers, IT staff and business stakeholders on what defined the success of a project.

There were definitely some interesting findings:

  • The IT industry has a long way to go to achieve a 100% success rate for projects
  • Agile projects were more successful than traditional waterfall projects
  • Off-shored projects were most likely to fail
  • Respondents rated quality as the most important issue, and rated the importance of following items this way when analyzed as a group:

    Quality > Scope > Staff Health > Time of Completion > Money

  • Project managers differed significantly from all other groups in their perception of success, rating time and money over quality.
  • Business stakeholders placed a higher value on ROI and and shipping when ready than the rest of the groups
  • A majority of respondents in all groups worked on projects they knew would fail from the start, but canceling a troubled project was not viewed as a successful outcome

I am not surprised by project managers having a different view, given that they are trained to value on-time and on-budget projects. Someone has to keep an eye on the bottom line, but I have experienced this gap when a project runs into trouble. I have been thinking about the differences between Agile and Waterfall-style projects and how they differ. I think there is some middle ground between the two that is yet to be identified that gives us the benefits of heavier requirements and design and the responsiveness to change.

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Day of .Net in Ann Arbor, MI

Registration is now open for Day of .Net in Ann Arbor on October 20th, 2007 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Register here for this completely-free, all day learning event. Start planning now to take advantage of this event!

Day of .Net October 20, 2007 - See You there!

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Free .Net Event in SE Michigan: Day of .Net

I just learned about a FREE .Net training event being held in Ann Arbor, MI on May 13th, 2006: Day of .Net! Check out the agenda at the site.

It is a one-day event advertised as a One Day Conference on all things .NET by Developers for Developers. Lots of great speakers, starting with Mark Miller of Mondays fame, and lots of great local .Net experts, including great guys like Aydin Akcasu, Nino Benvenuti, Dustin Campbell, Jason Follas, Dave Giard, Charles Stacy Harris III, Darrell Hawley, Jim Holmes, Josh Holmes, John Hopkins, Greg Huber, Paul Kimmel, Alex Lowe, Drew Robbins, Martin Shoemaker, and Bill Wagner.

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