Agile.NET Conference…

April 8, 2010


On April 30th, Improving Enterprises and Microsoft are hosting the Agile.NET conference at Microsoft’s Irving office. It’s a conference that will showcase agile principles and practices as well as tools in the .NET ecosystem. I’m excited to be doing a talk on git as it’s become a big point of evangelism for me personally but I’m also interested to hear some of the other tracks of great speakers.

Regardless of whether you’re new to agile concepts or already moving towards adoption, you will have an informative and good time. Space is limited so be sure to go sign up while there are still spaces available.

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

Improving Podcasts…

August 11, 2009

My first podcast (the fifth for the series) is up – we discussed technical presentations and had a great time doing so. I’m very fortunate to work with such great people and had a wonderful time. Thanks to Allen and Mike for moderating and putting the whole thing together.

Check it out at: Improving Podcasts

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

AgileDotNet Conference…

November 11, 2008

AgileDotNet Conference 2008
This Friday, Improving Enterprises and Microsoft are putting on a 1-day FREE (as in beer) conference to showcase agile methods in a .NET ecosystem. I will be giving my “Refactoring To Patterns” talk on the development track but there will also be two other tracks (Biz/PM related & Requirements/QA related) and number of knowledgeable speakers. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with folks and sharing ideas on how we can better promote and utilize the systems we work with to adopt agile practices and principles.

Regardless of whether you’re new to agile concepts or already moving towards adoption, you will have an informative and good time. If you’re interested, go sign up while there are still spaces available.

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

APLN Leadership Summit Dallas…

January 30, 2008

The Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) is having their leadership summit here in Dallas on February 21-22 and Improving Enterprises is lucky enough to be the title sponsor for it. As a result, I’m able to pass along a 10% discount if you register thru this link. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty intense event with some great speakers – you can get more information from their site.

David O’Hara is a Senior Consultant with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

Announcement: Silverlight DevCamp

October 13, 2007


I’ve (mostly) enjoyed the stuff that I’ve done in WPF but I haven’t had a chance to dig into Silverlight quite yet so I’m really excited that we’re hosting a FREE Silverlight DevCamp on November 10th. Given the recent announcements and the fact that it’s cross-browser and cross-platform, I really believe there are some things coming out of Redmond that show they’re listening. Now it’s up to us to figure out the best ways to use them. In case you’ve not heard about Silverlight, here’s the standard pitch:

Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the web. It offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby and integrates with existing web applications. Even more, Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality and rich multimedia to all major browsers running on Mac OS, Windows and soon to be on Linux as well.

So join us for an all day event on Saturday, November 10th and get your learn on. We’ll have experienced developers to help answer any questions you might have and to show off a few of the cooler bits of the technology. We’re even going to build our own applications to compete for prizes. Bring your laptop, bring your ideas and let’s see what shakes out.

Event ID: 1032353469
November 10, 2007 from 8am to 8pm
Improving Enterprises
15950 Dallas Parkway
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75248
Register on Microsoft World Wide Events

New Gig Is Improving…

August 25, 2007

In making the decision to switch jobs, I decided to create a description of my “ideal”. This not only gave me a good reference and made me really think about what I was looking for but was very useful when dealing with recruiters as it gave them an idea of what opportunities I would be interested in. The key elements to this description included the company’s culture as well as a general overview of the job function. Be sure that you’re honest in creating this – if a certain amount of money is important to you, then put it down. Being shy about things that are going to affect your decision will only create tough situations later. For me it was important to not only grow in knowledge and responsibilities but also to find a company that shared my values and would provide an environment for me to operate the way I know how. I’m really a believer that it’s what your co-worker (or boss) says you do not what your business card says you do. Your daily activities are more important than your title. I also wasn’t interested in much travel or crazy hours. So armed with my criteria, I set out upon the Dallas market.

The description created earlier was extremely helpful in creating a list of questions for the interviews to be sure that the picture painted on paper or by the recruiter actually lined up with expectations. Often times, I found this wasn’t the case and it’s much better to learn that sooner rather than later. Asking these questions, NOT the time off and salary ones, not only gets a better picture of things for you but shows the that you’re truly interested in the company and the position. Overall I found that it’s a job hunter’s dream right now here in the metroplex. There’s a significant shortage of qualified devs so this would be a great time to make a move if you’re interested. Of course, I’m saying that since I just made mine.

I’ll be honest, I was pretty shocked when Caleb announced he was leaving Microsoft back in January (it was actually on my birthday; coincidence…I think not!). I had never heard of Improving Enterprises and although he seemed to be really excited about it, I didn’t pay much attention to what they were about. Over the course of the year, I kept bumping into folks who were working for Improving and was impressed by the caliber of people they had there as well as the work they were doing. So when another friend mentioned them over lunch, I was all over it. This was a company that not only talks the talk but walks the walk when it comes to agile development – something I hadn’t found elsewhere. Granted, as a services company, you cannot always do things your way but they seem to be leading the push to bring these practices and processes to the industry. As a training company, I may also have a chance to hone my public speaking skills and a few other soft skills that I’ve had less chance to work on previously. Hands down, this company met significantly more of my criteria than any other and I’m looking forward to what the future holds