Introduction to Agile Software Development Video on

The video recording of my presentation: Introduction to Agile Software Development at the Tulsa School of Dev has been posted on User Group TV website. 

Thanks to Shawn Weisfeld for all the time and money he has put into finding a way to bring community event to a broader audience.

Speaking at Tulsa Techfest–October 7th 2011


It is time for the Tulsa Techfes! Woo Hooo!

This time around I will be leading a Community Leadership Town Hall the night before and presenting two sessions.  This has always been an awesome event and I am sure this year will not be much different.

Session Info:

Developer Productivity Tips: How to Get Things Done

This session is a collection of tips and strategies I have learned that has helped me be a more productive person. Topics will range from better ways to handle the onslaught of incoming email to being more productive with you development tools.

Topics in this session:

  • Going Mouse-less
  • Customize your world
  • Developer Tools
  • Inbox Zero
  • 5 Sentences or less
  • Clean Workspace

The Creamy Goodness of NuGet

NuGet has quickly become one of my favorite extensions for Visual Studio.  Not only has it made it easy to add commonly used OSS libraries to your projects it has made them discoverable.

About NuGet: NuGet is a free, open source developer focused package management system for the .NET platform intent on simplifying the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development.

There are a large number of useful 3rd party open source libraries out there for the .NET platform, but for those not familiar with the OSS ecosystem, it can be a pain to pull these libraries into a project.  NuGet automates most of this and makes it easy to add libraries for common task.

Here is what you will learn:

What is NuGet?

  • How to add packages to your project
  • How to update packages in your project
  • How to host your own package repository
  • How to create and publish your own packages

Community Leadership Town Hall–Tulsa Techfest


Community Leadership Town Hall – Tulsa Techfest
October 6th, 2011 6 – 10 PM – OSU Room NH150

We had a great turnout at last years Town Hall and this year we are doing it again.  There was a lot of great participation and discussion regarding common issues we all experience as community leaders.  This is a great forum for getting input from other community leaders.

What is a Community Leadership Town Hall?

In many towns and cities across the country the town hall is the center of the community.  The town hall is where the local governments keep offices, serves as the main base for the Mayor, and is where citizens of the community come to work with the official representatives to share issues, ideas, and solutions that can make their community better. 

The Community Leadership Town Hall brings this concept to community leaders in your area.  The evening will be filled with discussions about issues, ideas, and solutions regarding creating, maintaining, and growing user groups and technical communities.   This will be a highly interactive night where everyone will have a chance to suggest a topic and voice their opinion.

Bring your questions, ideas, issues, and willingness to share to the Houston Community Leadership Town Hall.


This is a free event!  Please join us.

Event Sponsors:


Configuration File Transformations for All with SlowCheetah

When I first saw that ability in Visual Studio 2010 to transform web.config files for the target platform I was very excited.  This was a real deployment issue solved for me.  Over were the writing code that was environment aware, an maintaining multiple config files; one for each environment and swapping them out at deploy time.

The main thing that disappointed me was that it only worked on web project.  This was a real problem for other project types too.

Today I squealed like a little girl when I read SlowCheetah - Web.config Transformation Syntax now generalized for any XML configuration file on Scott Hanselman’s blog.

SlowCheeta - XML Tranforms is a Visual Studio extension that bring configuration file transformations to any xml file.  I have downloaded and installed it and will be following Scott’s excellent post to learn more about it. 

The Holy Grail of maintaining your configuration files has been achieved!

Community Leadership Town Hall #3–Dallas Techfest Recap

There was an awesome turnout for the Community Leadership Town Hall #3 during the Dallas Techfest.  There were about 35 folks in attendance, which lead to a lively discussions on several very awesome questions from the user group leader community.

Some of the discussions lead to a list of sites that of were to interest so I wanted to make sure I made them available.

Finding User Groups:

Calling for Speakers:

Open Spaces Technology:

Thanks again to all who attended and to Improving Enterprises for the awesome space, and Component One for pizza from Dough Bros.


If you would be interested in having a Community Leadership Town Hall with your event please contact me.


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