Thursday, September 17, 2015

Slides from Louisville .NET Meetup Group

Thanks to everyone who attended my talk on ES6/ES2015 tonight! You can find my slides and directions on how to run them on GitHub here:

You can run the slides/index.html without Node installed, but to run the server for AJAX requests, you'll need it. You can find instructions on how to get it working in the Readme file.

I've uploaded the slides to an Azure website here: Unfortunately, I haven't spent the time yet to wire the server side up yet. If you want to play with promises, you should probably run local.

Thanks again for coming and seeing a rough new talk. I had a great time and would love to come back!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Humana DEC

I had a great time joining Humana's Digital Experience Center today to talk about software estimation. The space was awesome and I was really impressed by the turnout and engagement. I hope everyone got value out of the talk and have some new estimation tools in their toolbelts.

Feel free to invite me back anytime. I'm always looking for an excuse to visit Louisville!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Findlay Area .NET Users Group Slides & Info

Thank you to Brian Cobb (@brianjcobb) and the Findlay Area .NET Users Group ( for inviting me to join their group last night. I hope my talk on the F12 debugging tools was helpful and maybe a bit entertaining.

If you're looking for the slides (using RevealJS), they're on Github here: Once downloaded, you can load index.html to see the entire slide deck.

You can also view a live version of the slides online here:

I mentioned a few conferences I help with. If you're interested in any of them, more details are as follows:

  • Stir Trek - 1 day, multi topic development conference in the spring for 1500+ people. The conference is followed by a movie (this year it was Avengers)
  • CloudDevelop - 1 day, cloud computing/dev-ops/big data focused conference for 150-200 people.
  • Dog Food - 2 day, Microsoft technology conference that covers a wide variety of topics for 500+ attendees.
I hope to run into you again at one of these events or another user group!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Self.conference Estimation Slides

Had a great time today at Self.conference talking about software estimation. Thank you to everyone who came to the talk. I'd love to hear feedback here or on Twitter!

A few links:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Stir Trek Slides

Thanks to everyone who attended my Stir Trek talk on software estimation. You should be able to find the slides here.

If you're looking for the book I referenced towards the beginning of the talk, it's Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Code PaLOUsa Slides

Thanks to everyone who has attended the workshop Derek Briggs and I did and the session I did today at Code PaLOUsa. Update: A huge thanks to the people who attended my F12 debugging talk. Sorry that we ran out of seats but I'm glad you toughed it out and stayed!

All of the RWD workshop content is available on GitHub

The slides for the estimation talk are available via Google Drive.

The code for the F12 debugging talk is available on GitHub and the slides are live here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

They Vs. We

I'm going to start this blog post with a story. Please stay with me for a minute.

I went to the grocery store last week to buy groceries as one does. While I was there, I cleared the meat counter out of an item.

After she packaged up my order, the woman behind the counter asked if I'd like anything else. She seemed pretty grumpy and unhappy to be there. I made the lame joke that "I'd leave some for other shoppers" and two things happened:
  1. She didn't find my bad joke funny.
  2. She responded "They probably have more in the back."
The joke wasn't funny but her use of they got me thinking.

Who are "They"?

Now, she could have been referring to a different team that is in charge of stocking the meat counter... I don't know. From her manner, I assumed by "they" she meant the grocery store company. 

This got me thinking about why she didn't say "we" instead.

"We" implies that you're one of the team. The goals of the team are your goals. The risks the team faces are your risks. You're engaged. "They" implies you're not connected to the team. You're an outsider who isn't committed.

When is it "We" or "They"?

When I've joined a new team, I've noticed that I start with "you" or "they" and then after some period of time start saying "we". I've never thought about how long the time is. It's probably been somewhere between a couple of weeks and a couple of months. A lot of this is due to the people on the team and its leadership. They got me engaged and made me feel like a critical part of the "we".

When I joined HMB, it only took me a couple of weeks (at the most) to make the transition. Some of this was due to my bosses but a whole lot more was due to the attitudes of the entire team. Everyone was thinking about the "we" in most everything they did. Thinking about this now, I can see how priceless it was and is.

That may not be the case for the woman at the grocery store. Maybe she hates her job but it's the only way she can pay the bills. Maybe her leaders and team are failing her.

I've got some thoughts about how a team can improve this situation. I'll save those for the next post.


What about you? How long has it taken you to go from "they" to "we" at your current job? How about previous jobs? What was the main factor in that duration?