Odds and Ends

It’s been busier than normal for me at Microville recently. My friend (and frequent soccer match viewing partner) James Whittaker ended his 3-year run at Microsoft last week. James still lives locally, and I expect that we’ll continue to collaborate in the future. The pettier downside of James’ departure is that some of our shared…

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Words and Status (and rants!)

Words are funny things. We use them to convey meaning – but there’s more to words than that. We also use words to try to change the way people view things. In real estate advertisements, for example, you see words like “rustic” used instead of “old”, or describe a home as “having character” when it…

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Metrics common sense

I still owe you some posts covering my recent metrics presentation, but wanted to pass this along in the meantime. I don’t post links to other blogs often, but I thought this was appropriate – especially to the crowd who thinks that because metrics can be gamed, they are useless. Raymond is consistently solid on…

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STAR East metrics presentation

Been a busy week, but wanted to send a link to my materials from STAR. My presentation style is generally more discussion based, so you may not get a lot from these, but I’m happy to answer questions if you have them. I will take some time in future blog posts to rehash some of…

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iTWire review of HWTSAM

Another review of HWTSAM is here. My favorite quote: All in all, this is an impressive work with a great deal of wisdom and principles – underpinned by sound theory – that would be of interest to any company that produces software of reasonable complexity. Keep those reviews coming (and keep sending pictures of you…

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STAR epilogue

I’m on a plane returning from Orlando  / STAR east. As expected, it was a fun week, but by Friday I’d had enough of the 95 degree weather – it’s nice to be heading back to 65 degree Seattle. I thought my presentation on metrics went well  – if you were there and have additional…

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Twinkle Twinkle, on my way to STAR

I’m catching a red-eye tonight to Orlando for the STAR conference. If you’re at the conference, look for a bleary eyed man pecking away on a laptop waiting for check-in time and say hello – it will be me. I have some follow up posts based on the metrics talk I’ll be giving Thursday, and…

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Playing the room

In my role at MS, I get to see a lot of people talk. present and teach to audiences ranging from a few people to hundreds. I’ve seen all ranges of styles and experiences – I’ve seen exciting presentations and boring presentations. Of everything a presenter can do, there’s one thing I see time after…

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