Coming down from the summit

So the first p&p Summit has finally come to a close and I can't help but feel like a proud father after the birth of his first child. I say father because the mother does all the work in that situation and in this case, Keith Pleas was mom. He was relentless in his efforts to show his attendees a good time and all the feedback we received was positive. I was in and out, dodging meetings to spend time at the sessions and show up for the beer at the end of the day. I still got a great dose of what the event was all about. As I hoped, finally got to meet Ted Neward and his entertainment value was well worth the wait. He mentioned a recent panel he moderated about the future of enterprise Java where he opened by saying “Well, we all know the future of enterprise Java is .NET...“ Anyone with the guts to do that in front a primarily Java audience is a man after my own heart. Of course he admitted maybe that comment shouldn't too publicized until after his book Effective Enterprise Java comes out. Don't worry Ted-- no one reads my blog :>. Anyway, I missed Ted's session on interop, but I heard he whipped open Notepad as soon as he got on stage (once a DM dude, always a DM dude :>). Jim Newkirk stepped in during the patterns sessions, which was a nice opportunity for me to see him in action as a speaker for the first time. <shameless plug> BTW, Jim's book on TDD is really good. I spent the good part of a flight from Seattle to Providence reading it and even a goof like me was sold by chapter 3--but that is a blog for another day. </shameless plug> I also had the pleasure to see Ward Cunningham on stage for the first time. Ward led a nice, informal discussion on his role with wiki and extreme programming. Little did Jim and Ward realize that by doing such a great job, I am ready to sign them up for 100 events next year. :) I think the excitement that surrounded p&p was evident throughout the event. These people understood the importance of TODAY's technologies (Longhorn will be great, but there's nothing wrong with Win XP, dammit!). To close the event, Keith and I held an informal Q&A to create a forum for feedback. That gave us a chance to hear the attendees' thoughts while they were still fresh. Overall, people really liked that the message wasn't marketing but really usable material that could be taken back to the office and built upon. Obviously I am biased, but I thought this was a great audience and meeting them was a real treat. They let me bounce ideas/suggestions/comments of them and gave me good feedback. My job gets a lot easier when I am around customers eager to share their opinions:>

 

Anyway, we've got another Summit in the UK that I won't be attending (end of the year travel budgets make it hard to go almost anywhere), but there's another one in Virginia in October and I am hoping to go (maybe a chance to see my beloved Orioles at Camden Yards the weekend before! :>). So, if you missed this one, maybe I'll see/meet you in October...

 

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