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Why Customers Will Love Agile February 29, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Agile, Product Management.
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Tom Hollander, from the Patterns and Practices Group at Microsoft, writes why your customers will love agile (even if they think they hate it). The Agile process is fairly new in my company and one of the challenges is to raise awareness of the benefits for groups outside of engineering.

Some key points from Tom’s post:

  • Customers may fear agile projects because they are used to being promised a fixed scope on a fixed date with a fixed budget, but agile projects never promise this.
  • An agile project requires as much, if not more, discipline as waterfall projects. It’s a much different type of discipline though.
  • The role of product management is critical for an agile project.
  • A customer will have to make important decisions throughout the project.
  • An agile project has more chance of delivering business value.
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Resisting the iPhone February 25, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Mobile.
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Tim Jarrett writes about LinkedIn releasing an iPhone UI and I am starting to wonder how much longer I can resist the iPhone. I have wanted a mobile internet device combined with a phone for a long time.

Years ago I purchased a Dell Axim x51v. It’s still a great mobile device, but I have stopped carrying it and should probably sell it. It handled everything I wanted it to, but I was annoyed that I had to carry it along with my traditional phone.

 

Last year (about 3 months before the iPhone came out) I needed to switch mobile phone carriers. After much research, I determined that Verizon was the carrier I wanted to switch to. I knew the iPhone was about to be launched, but had some bad history with Cingular/AT&T.

I bought a Pantech PN-820. I thought I could live with the small screen and terrible music player interface. I was WRONG. Although I have stopped carrying the Dell Axim with me, I never use the PN-820 for anything other than a phone or simple contact management.

 

When does the iPhone/AT&T arrangement end? I guess I will keep waiting..

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Interesting Finds: February 24, 2008 February 24, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Linkroll.
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Pandurang Nayak – Smart Client Development using Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5
Greg Duncan – Finally a Supported Method to Associate a File Extension to a ClickOnce Application
Karl Shifflett – WPF Business Application Series Part 2 – Form Notification Control That Binds To IDataErrorInfo.Error Property
Karl Shifflett – WPF Sample Series – Databound HierarchicalDataTemplate Menu Sample
Pete Brown – Silverlight, WPF, Windows Forms, Ajax – Which One is for Me?

Bent Objects February 24, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Humor.
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Sickeningly Sweet

I know this is off-topic, but I just found this on Bent Objects and it made me smile. We all need a little humor in our day.

First Look at Silverlight 2 February 22, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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Scott Guthrie blogs about the first public beta of Silverlight 2 and mentions plans to support Silverlight on Linux. Official support of Linux? I hope he is not talking about the Mono project.

Our new Windows client, built using WPF, has been released and we will soon start planning for a new multi-platform Web client. Can we consider utilizing Silverlight? I can’t wait to see what Scott has in store for us.

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Interesting Finds: February 21, 2008 February 22, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Linkroll.
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Jeff Atwood – The Years of Experience Myth
Tim Jarrett – What makes a good product manager?
Rosa Say – How can managers change a company’s culture?

Interesting Finds: February 20, 2008 February 20, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Linkroll.
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Jon Skeet – C# 3.0 – Automatic Properties
Travis Illig – It’s Not OK To Skip The Standup
Merlin Mann – 43 Folders: Best of GTD

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Interesting Finds: February 19, 2008 February 20, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Linkroll.
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Scott Hanselman – Knowing when to ask for help – Microsoft SharedView
Mike Ormond – Updated Source Code Formatter for Windows Live Writer
Scott Guthrie – .NET 3.5 Client Product Roadmap

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Interesting Finds: February 14, 2008 February 15, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Linkroll.
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Jossef Goldberg – Finding Memory Leaks in WPF-based Applications
Jeff Atwood – Getting the Interview Phone Screen Right
MSDN – .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 has now shipped!
MSDN – .NET Framework 3.0 SP1 has now shipped!
Tim Sneath – Great Line-of-Business Controls for WPF
Brad Abrams – Cool new WPF application: Cayra Mindmapping tool Free!

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Interesting Finds: February 7, 2008 February 8, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Linkroll.
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Tim Jarrett – Getting Things Done with Outlook 2007, revisited
Jeff Atwood – Get Your Database Under Version Control
Wayne Allen – Agile PM Tools
Scott Hanselman – MS Deploy – New IIS Web Deployment Tool

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