Jun 28, 2010

This is Probably Not What I Had in Mind

The Sydney Alt.Net User Group is on tomorrow night (RSVP if you’re coming!) and as we creep up on 2 years of running I was thinking about how the group is progressing.  Personally I really enjoy the group.  I’ve learned heaps and I love hanging out with everyone but at the same time I wonder about the fact that the numbers are consistently between 20 and 30 and if there’s something I can do to increase the audience, or if it’s just the nature of the Sydney community.  After all there are so many other groups on during the month, plus it’s winter right now and with Sydney being such a large city travel may also be a factor. Even so, maybe there are things I can do to bring in more people.

So what do I do?  I turn to Google and ask for help, of course.  That said, I’m not really sure I want to take up the advice – while it might be an enjoyable way to get some free association and new happening I’m not sure I really want to go down that path :-)

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Jun 22, 2010

Implement Interfaces and #Region

This is a quick one for a few guys I was talking with today.

One of the PITA things about Visual Studio 2008 / 2010 is that when you choose to have Visual Studio implement an interface for you it will generate the code inside a #region block.  And why is that bad?  Because regions suck! Feel free to start a religious wars over it, but let me just say that if I can’t see all the code when opening a source file and you make me click or press a hot key just to see a few lines of code it then I’m likely to go postal on you.  With a rotting halibut and a cork.

So, if you want to avoid the ire of the region police then let me suggest a small settings change in Visual Studio.  This one right here: (VS2010 screen shot shown)

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Is that obvious enough for you? Good! Now go ahead and make that change and start being nice to your fellow developers.

That will be all :-)

Jun 18, 2010

In Scrum the Team Size is 7 +/- 2. Not 50

I was talking to someone yesterday telling me about her previous employer and the scrum team they had.  I almost fell over when she said they had 50 people on their team at the time.  Surely that was 6 or 7 smaller teams right? No – just one team.

In fact there were so many people at the daily stand up that they used to pass around a microphone so everyone could hear!  However, things weren’t quite as bad as I might think because of pair programming.  Only one person in two actually had to talk because the second person in each pair would’ve just said the same as the first.  What about rotating pairs during the day? And even then, 25 people in a team is too large.  At that size it’s not a team anymore – it’s just a crowd.

Remember, it’s 7 plus or minus 2 for the ideal scrum team size.  Not 50!

Jun 10, 2010

DDD Sydney – July 17

DDD Sydney logoPut Saturday July 17th in your diaries people – it’s when DDD Sydney is on.  The community run, zero cost day where you can get your fill of technical content on a whole range of Microsoft developer related topics.

I’m lucky enough to have landed a speaking spot and so I’ll be doing a session on mocking frameworks and their various features which should (hopefully) be some fun, but apart from that there are another 14 great sessions on during the day across 3 tracks so there should be something there that takes your fancy, plus you’ll also have the opportunity for some hands on time with Windows Phone 7 development in the labs as well.

So, go ahead, check out the agenda and register before it’s all booked out. I’ll see you there!