CitCon 2007…

May 1, 2007

This past weekend CitCon North America, pronounced kit-kon NOT sit-kon for those, like myself, who were unaware, was held here in Dallas. It was a limited engagement but I was lucky enough to get a spot so I thought I’d give you my impressions of the event. Friday night was a the meet & greet and planning for the sessions. The conference adheres to the Open Spaces idea and I have to admit I was pretty skeptical. There are no formal speakers or talks but rather semi-organized discussions surrounding the ideas that the participants put forth. Sounded pretty touchy-feely and little too hippy for me (in spite of my environmental bent I don’t classify myself as “crunchy”) but I have to say that I found it to be significantly more informative. No one really wandered off, in spite of the rule allowing you to do so, because the discussions were free to meander to topics that were important to the group.

Not to be completely neglectful, there were several vendors there to show off their CI software or a new book but it was such a minute part of the experience. I look forward to hanging out with some of my new friends and hope to enjoy their company again soon.

Oh and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a photo of the book autograph. That’s right boys & girls, I got Martin Fowler to sign my copy of “Refactoring“!!

Martin Fowler’s Sig


Agile In A Box…

July 7, 2006

Ok, so you still need to know how to develop but Buildix is as close as you can get to a whole development setup in a box. Man, I love those guys at Thoughtworks.