D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

January 2012 Entries

3 Reasons to Attend Prairie Dev Con–West

We’re well under 2 months to Prairie Dev Con – West in Calgary, and it appears some of you need an extra push to register. So why attend? Well, there’s the three days and over 80 sessions spanning software development, IT Pro, and Agile topics. There’s the pre-conference workshops available on WP7, TFS, and Agile as well as the Microsoft IT Pro Camp and Azurefest events. And there’s the value – comparable conferences in other cities will run you almost double the cost in registration, hotel, and ......

Prairie Dev Con West–MS TechDays Sessions Posted!

They’ve arrived! Microsoft is bringing a number of sessions from their popular TechDays events to Prairie Dev Con West in Calgary and they’re now posted on the site! In addition to fantastic SharePoint, SQL Server, mobile, and cloud sessions, there’s more great content for those in the IT Pro world: System Center, VIrtualization, Lync, and more! Check out all the TechDays content by visiting the Sessions page and selecting TechDays from the filter list! http://www.prairiedevcon.co... And a ......

Regrets as Motivating Factors

We often hear people say things like “Live with no regrets”, but I don’t think that’s literally what people mean. I know I’ve regretted many things in my past and there are some things I look back on with great disdain. One of those things is my high school football career. I played 1.5 seasons with my high school team. The problem – I didn’t take it seriously enough. I wanted to have fun, not focus so much on winning and losing…not focus so much on conditioning and honing my skills…not focus on ......

SOPA/PIPA–Bad for America, Disastrous for Canada (Edited)

There’s a lot of talk today about SOPA and PIPA, the two acts being discussed in the US government and backed by the entertainment industry. If you’re still in the dark about what its about, check out this article from PC world and then watch the video below. PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. I had a bunch of paragraphs on this post earlier talking about how on the surface this looks like its a win for non-US countries – why not just set up shop outside the ......

Estimating Work Items by Hours–Idiotic You Say?

An interesting discussion popped up on Twitter between myself, Steve Rogalsky, Terry Bunio, Mike Iwasiow, David Alpert, and some others around using hours as a software estimating unit of measure. Steve’s been reading the book Beyond the Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and blogged about his stance on using hours for sizing work items. In a nutshell Goldratt offers the following arguments: Asking someone for a timeframe to complete a task puts their image in jeopardy PMs will always try to squeeze whatever ......

MVP Program Thoughts for New Awardees

I received the good news on Jan 1st that, for the 4th year in a row, I was awarded a Microsoft MVP award for ASP.NET/IIS. There’s some movement as there always is – some people not getting renewed their MVP award, new people attaining it. Some people have publically voiced how they turned down the award or just didn’t bother working for it for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into here. There’s also been some passionate Twitter discussions around community and groups and how valid they are, ......

How To Start a Company

I read Dave Rosenberg’s recent article on CNET entitled “What you should do in 2012: Start a company”, which focussed on interacting with venture capitalists to raise money. I think this is jumping the gun a bit though. The reality is that you don’t need VCs to run, or even start, a company. You also don’t need to quit your day job to do it, or hire employees right away, or put up huge capital to start it. An Idea that Provides Value…or Don’t Be an Underpants Gnome The most important thing you need ......