I’m psyched that my proposal has been accepted to present on the Kanban methodology at next year’s (Oracle Developer Tool Users Group) Kaleidoscope conference.  Though I have no idea how I’m going to cram all the cool stuff about this awesome task management methodology into the allotted time, without talking way too fast!  Maybe I should use the technique of 500 slides that rip along at one every 5 seconds?  I saw that once and it was very cool.

Title: Using Kanban to increase your development throughput

Topic: Building Better Software - Subtopic: Agile

Description: The Kanban methodology was developed at Toyota in the 1940’s as a production line scheduling tool for just-in-time building. It’s been adapted to software development as a way to improve software delivery throughput, reliability and customer satisfaction in an IT/programming environment, while having significantly lower overhead than most Agile implementations. This session will cover the basics of the Kanban methodology and how it applies in development environments, focusing on the improvements to team productivity and improved relationships with software consumers. It will also present a case study of Dartmouth College’s IMS team implementation of Kanban during the past 2 years, including our implementation of Kanban, immediate productivity benefits, changes to long-term relationships with end-user departments and the improvement in the team’s reputation, morale and productivity.

Link: http://www.kscope13.com/component/seminar/seminarslist#Using Kanban to increase your development throughput

I hope to see plenty of you there!  Hey anyone want to share a room?  I’m self-funding this time!  :-)

Pastebin.com

November 25, 2010

People who read this blog probably need to share bits of source code or other text on a regular basis, eh?

I just stumbled upon the Pastebin.com site, which lets anyone share chunks of text, then provide a link so others can access it.  Most clippings are shared publicly and have no identifying information.  You can also create private text clips or create folders for sharing multiple chunks privately, though the protection is limited to those who know the name of your private folder, so very weak!

It’s ad-supported, searchable and even provides an API for posting (anyone interested in building an Apex application to create and share a private folder???).  It has a syntax-formatter to highlight your source for a variety of languages.

There’s not much to it, but it definitely fills a need.  While I was looking it over (on Thanksgiving Day), dozens of people were adding new clippings every few minutes.  Though many of them are just posts of BitTorrent download sites for various search phrases (e.g. Harry Potter Goblets of Fire), so I doubt anyone would want to spend time searching the archives for other people’s clippings.

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