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The Economics of Protecting the Red Shirts July 29, 2009

Posted by ActiveEngine Sensei in .Net Development, ActiveEngine, Business Processes, Coaching, Design Patterns, Mythology, Personal Development, Problem Solving, software economics.
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Recently I came across this post from a fellow lamenting the lack of interest on the part of .Net developers in architecture solutions such as IoC, Dependency Injection, ORMs, and the like.  800px-KirkSlapsSelfThis stood out in stark contrast to Java developers who this person interviewed, who either were conversant with the technology or were interested enough to pursue informing themselves further.  Some call this the result of Drag -n -Drop design as laid out in a post  by Greg Young, a Microsoft MVP and .Net developer who has specialized in high performance applications.  Greg maintains in his post Java vs. .Net Developers that drag and drop is mis applied and there needs to be an greater effort the isolate the cases where it is mis used.  This practice has arisen, he maintains, from poor training and lack of awareness of other development platforms. (more…)

What Others Are Thinking December 21, 2007

Posted by ActiveEngine Sensei in ActiveEngine, Business Processes, Coaching, Mythology.
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Great post over at ProjectManagement411.com. For those of us who bemoan the fact that management doesn’t get IT, here is a glimmer of reprieve:

IT Systems Aren’t Evaluated by Takeover Artists? .

Management needs to understand that they are not drivers of a car; rather, they are airline pilots, where certain intricacies are vital for keeping the plane aloft. Ignore what the mechanics say, and you will crash and take many others with you – this includes shareholders as well.

Part of your preparation as a solution provider is to avoid conversations like the one’s that Al and Wu have. Communication tools have been discussed here in earlier posts here . Developers fall down in this area, and many retreat to the corner of the Agilistas and pretend Design Patterns are like physics, but in the end if the client doesn’t get you, you don’t get your check. Richard Feynman, a truly brilliant man, always came back to the practical. When he presented problems, it was in terms all could understand. Practitioners of the ActiveEngine embrace the communication challenge as he did, and help everyone involved grow.

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