Friday, April 24, 2009

Eight Development Principles

This blog by Rob Warner was worth sharing, so I wanted to pass it along. We've practiced most of these for years and it's always nice to refresh your memory. The Elite Eight Development Principles

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Architecture Journal

The latest edition of the Architecture Journal is now available. If you work on the Microsoft platform, this is a must read even though it covers other technologies as well. It's published quarterly, you can read it online, and you can sign up to receive a digital subscription.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Cincinnati IIBA April Event

Facilitated Workshops
Tuesday, April 21st

Please join as we discuss Facilitating Requirement Workshops. We will be discussing tips and tricks and the various techniques used for group facilitation. Which facilitation techniques have worked well or not so well in your organization? Are there any tools or templates that you have used that worked well for gathering requirements through workshops? What makes a great facilitator?

For the format of this meeting we will be inviting a panel of experienced Business Analysts to weigh in and guide the group discussion.

Date and Time:
Tuesday April 21st, 2009
6:00 – 6:30 pm Networking, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Group Discussion

Great American Insurance Group, 580 Building
580 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
14th Floor Town Hall Conference Room

Directions & Parking:
Convenient parking can be found at the 580 Building Garage, off Main St or Walnut St. or the Fountain Square Garage, off Walnut St or Vine St.

The 580 building is located across from the Arnoff Center on 6th Street; across from Fountain Square on Walnut St. The conference room is on the 14th Floor in the Town Hall Conference Room, located across from the elevators.

Cincinnati IIBA

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CIO Playbook for Scrum

I ran across this article on the Rally Software site and thought it was worth sharing. It presents a playbook on implementing Scrum within an enterprise. If you're starting your Scrum journey, you should read this.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Stir Trek

Did you miss the Mix 09 Conference? Do you like Star Trek? Here's a chance to get a taste of both. The Stir Trek ( conference is being held on Columbus, OH on May 8th. Here's a quick description:

Stir Trek is an opportunity to learn about the key announcements from the Mix 09 conference, at a location that is a little closer to home, and in the comfort of a movie theater. There will be 10 sessions, in two tracks, so you’ll be able to pick the content that interests you the most. In addition, the day will include lunch, a raffle with some significant prizes, and a private screening of the new Star Trek movie, which opens in theaters the day of this event.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Microsoft ArcReady

Registration for the next ArcReady event is available. See the description and links below to sign up.


Architecting for the Client Tier
The client (or presentation) tier of our applications is taking on an increasingly important role. Users are expecting more compelling user interfaces, but they also want more functionality from their applications. In this ArcReady we examine how to design and deliver well architected client applications that will be easy to maintain and extend.

Session 1: Trends and Patterns on the Client Tier
In our first session we will take a vendor and platform neutral look at some of the trends and emerging technologies that can be used on the client tier. We will look at techniques like Mashups, technologies like Natural User Interfaces (NUI) and the increasing importance of the mobile platform. We will also look at some common patterns that can be used in the architecture of the client tier.

Session 2: Applying Microsoft Technology on the Client Tier
In our second session we will take some look at how we can use Microsoft technologies to create well architected and compelling client applications. We will look at technologies like Silverlight and WPF that can be used to create compelling clients. We will also look at technologies that can be used to make your applications more extensible for future development. We will also examine some architectural guidance developed by the Microsoft Patterns and Practices group.

· A forum for aspiring and practicing architects to discuss industry trends
· An overview of Microsoft’s roadmap as it relates to software architecture
· A mechanism to solicit your feedback
· An opportunity to showcase the work you do!

Architects and Senior Developers who are interested in becoming an architect.

Events are held in 16 cities across Central Region. To register for this event, please visit


Cleveland, OH
9:00am – 11:45am

Columbus, OH
9:00am – 11:45am

Mason, OH
9:00am – 11:45am

Southfield, MI
9:00am – 11:45am

Nashville, TN
9:00am – 11:45am

Knoxville, TN
9:00am – 11:45am

Cincinnati SPIN

The Cincinnati Software Process Improvement Network ( is having there next monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8th from 4-6pm. The presentation is An Agile Journey by Scott Schnier. If you would like to attend or speak, please visit the website for more information. Hope to see you there.