May 2008 - Posts

Speaking at Microsoft Community Summit 2008(tweener)

Many of us have the unique opportunity of heading to Florida for Tech-ed in the next couple of weeks. One of the most anticipated conferences Microsoft hosts. Unfortunately, like so many others, I will not be able to attend due to client needs. Fortunately though, Microsoft Florida Evangelist, Joe Healy and crew have found an effective way of utilizing the Orlando Convention Center in between Tech-ed tracks. The weekend of June 7-8, 2008, Microsoft Community Summit, Inbetween will come to life with some of the most talented speakers in the region. The best thing about it is this event is FREE. You geeks hearing me out there? If so, click the link and register!

Speaking At Next Jacksonville Technology Council Meeting

It has been awhile since I have spoken this early in the morning however I have the great opportunity of speaking to the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's Information Technology Council. My session is on how to gather requirements to encourage software project success. The meeting is Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at FCCJ's Advanced Technology Center, downtown. More information about the council can be found here.

Jax Architects SIG Meets May 27, 2008

Business Process Management was unheard of a few years ago and overshadowed by Service Oriented Architecture. SOA has changed the way we connect and integrate our systems. However, SOA is only one aspect of developing a modern solution. If SOA is the how then BPM is the why. Join us in a lively discussion of BPM where we’ll define BPM, its technology and approaches for adoption.

Register and get directions here

My Month of Speaking

Yesterday was my fourth week speaking consecutively for a month straight. These past weeks have been the most grueling while trying to balance my daily work efforts as a consultant, creating new presentation slides and demos while also trying to balance my family life. There have been many nights of staying up late, learning new things and figuring out ways to effectively present on them. Here is a rundown of the past four weeks and where I have been presenting.

Annually I do a lot of Florida code camp presentations but for the end of April into May, I wanted to focus strictly on user groups and special interest groups (SIG). I really did not plan to have all of my presentations run consecutively, however it just seemed to happen that way. I actually had to cancel speaking at the Jax SQL Saturday since I was doing a ton of travelling with work and could not balance the two. April 24, 2008 I had the opportunity to speak in Tallahassee, Fl., at an Architect SIG that had just started up. I did my presentation on gathering and modeling requirements. I was the second speaker after the previous month of Jeff Barnes (MS) priming them up for me. Now I run the Arch SIG in Jax and when I saw around 30+ attendees in Tally I was shocked. I started soul searching trying to figure out what I could do to draw that many to our arch SIG meetings. I mean, these guys were hungry!

The next week, May 1, 2008, I headed back to Tallahassee, Fl. to speak again, except this time it was at the Capital City .Net User Group. I wound up doing a two hour session on Migrating WF. I had originally planned for an hour session, but these guys were even hungrier. Again, I think we had around 30 or so which really fired me up.

The third week, May 7, 2008, I spoke at JaxDUG, right here in my home town of Jacksonville, Fl. This was a special time for me because it was in my own backyard, even though there were not many I knew personally that attended, there is just something special about speaking within your local community. This time I spoke on integrating WF with WCF, however a bit more watered down with different demos that I had planned for my next week's presentation at VSLive. I think we had around 25 which also was exciting.

Now for the best part! VSLive has been and will always be one of my favorite conferences. Being in Orlando, Fl. It makes things even more worth wild, because you can enjoy so many things while you are down there. Yesterday, I did my presentation on Integrating WF with WCF and probably had around 50-75 attendees. One of the main reasons why I think the attendees enjoyed it, was because my demos expressed real world scenarios and none of them blew up! More importantly, there were very few people I saw leave during my presentation. Not that it means people do not enjoy what a presenter is presenting on, but I think it means that the presenter has kept it interesting enough, that attendees are connected with what you are presenting on.

Other than presenting, VSLive was just as fun as if I had just been an attendee. It was a huge rush presenting at it this year and I hope to be back. Everything was top notch and extremely professional. One interesting thing was Crazy Wednesday, a wild event that was hosted by Billy Hollis. Towards the end they needed a panel of speakers to answer questions from the hundreds of developers attending the conference. Billy Hollis was hosting, Rocky Lhotka, Richard Shaw Hale, Walt Ritscher and me made up the panel. It was quite interesting about some of the questions that the attendees came up with however we all had a blast!