Microsoft eBook – .NET Technology guide for Business Applications

Microsoft have released a very useful (for those that work in this area or have a general interest) ebook guide on its .net technologies.

The below is taken directly from the ‘purpose of the guide’ on page 4:

This guide will help you effectively select the right Microsoft development technologies and approaches for your .NET custom application development, depending on the priorities you have for your application and for your business domain.

This guide will be useful to decision makers, software architects, development leads, and developers who are involved in selecting the technologies to use for their applications and projects based on Microsoft development platforms.

It can be downloaded here: Microsoft Link

Or directly here: Link

Microsoft Development Platform Technologies


LEGO Flow Game

I recently attended another workshop that was very insightful and also entertaining. This was the LEGO Flow Game. The rules are outlined in the link below if you want to read about how the game works.

It was extremely interesting to see how the different methodologies used (Waterfall, Scrum, Kanban) affected the process and outputs of the work that was being done. I have to say that Waterfall seemed the least affective, but the tasks were very ‘product line creation’ driven so perhaps its not best suited to begin with.

However the presenter, Julian Daddy, who works at the Discovery channel did state that he has done the game numerous times and with every team there is a different result, no matter what the methodology. So the team, the people and the communication is just as important as the process that is used.

The rules are outlined in the page below, but if you run this game yourself feel free to adapt them; as there is not a set in stone way of doing them.


Experimentation in the Workplace

I recently attended a very interesting work shop regarding experimentation in the work place. One of the great things from experimenting is that you not only learn a great deal you would not otherwise. But it also stops you from getting stuck in a set approach or way of thinking.

A summary that was provided about the workshop is below:

“Companies who experiment and try new things more, learn more and discover more. Rather than following best practices forever, they understand when the complexity of a situation requires experimentation – Build-Measure-Learn approach to figure out the best way forward. And complexity is all around is – in our product innovations, in our organisational social networks and in our company culture.”

The workshop was ran by:

Andrea Darabos (A lean agile coach and trainer, m3.0 facilitator. Twitter @adarabos)  and Ryan Behrman (Organisational and Team Process Improvement Coach and Trainer)

Further Reading – Experimentation in the work place:

Celebration Grid: