Category: Thoughts and Opinions


Architect Panel Discussion released to TechEd Online

An interesting panel discussion video was recently released to the TechEd Online Library that focuses on extending the role/disciplines of the Architect into the area of providing mentoring. Taken from the TechEd Online Library: “There are many disciplines that a software architect must master in order to do the job: requirements definition, use cases, modeling, layering, object orientation, service orientation, methodologies, and so on. In addition, as we are typically project leaders, we are usually tasked...


40 Tips for a Better Life in 2008

I received an this e-mail this morning and I thought I’d share with the loyal readers of my blog.  Enjoy 🙂   40 Tips for a Better Life – 2008     Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk…smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and...


A thing of beauty…

Today, I’ve achieved what many in corporate america would say is “the impossible”.  In my journey through the world of GTD (e.g. “Getting Things Done”), I’ve certainly reached that mountain top, and it feels good.  Thanks to a nifty tool called ClearContext.  The picture below says a thousand words… I highly recommend you check out ClearContext.  It’s definitely worth the $$


OBA Reference Applications – What would you like to see?

One of the biggest challenges I feel that we (Microsoft) face in showcasing the "value" of architecting/developing Office Business Applications is providing what I'll call "solid reference implementations" along the lines of Duwamish Books, Fitch and Mather, Global Bank, LitwareHR, other many other solutions we've released.  Sure, we have the OBA Reference Architecture Packs (OBA RAPs), but, by definition, they are meant to serve as simple examples of how to leverage the OBA pattern to...

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