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[19 Jan 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Microsoft patterns & practices Agile Workspace Tour

This post is a walk through the halls of our Microsoft patterns & practices team workspace.
Ward Cunningham among others was a big influence early on in making it happen.  The patterns & practices team workspace is optimized for agile development practices.  The workspace features writeable walls, configurable workspace, speaker phones, projectors, focus rooms, and a customer room.
I took the pictures about a year ago.  Some things have changed, but the key things are still the same.  I arranged the pictures as a lap through the halls to make it …

Featured, Lessons Learned, patterns & practices »

[9 Dec 2008 | 7 Comments | ]
Lessons Learned in patterns & practices

I’ve been a part of the Microsoft patterns & practices team for several years.  I’ve shipped a lot of things and learned a lot of stuff.  Here’s a distillation of some of my key lessons learned.  I’m leaving myself room so that I can expand or elaborate on some of the points downstream.
Top Ten Lessons
Here’s my favorite lessons at a glance:

Win the heart, the mind follows.
Know the tests for success.
Fix time, flex scope.
Use the system to educate.
Work with the right people, on the right problems, making the right impact.
Have the …

Books, Featured »

[1 Sep 2008 | 10 Comments | ]
My Favorite Software Books

Photo by Lin Pernille Photography
I cycle through a lot of books each year on software development, project management, design, patterns, architecture … etc.  While many are throw aways, some of the books have stood the test of time.  I continue to turn to them time and again.  Here’s a list of my favorite software books::

Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era – (Mary Jo Foley) – This is a relatively new book in my collection.  It’s a thought proving book with insight into …