INETA Announces Community Champion Award Program

INETA, the International .NET Association with colleague David Silverlight, from have created the Community Champion award to recognize, encourage and reward the developers who routinely devote their time, expertise and passion to the benefit of the community.

Once a quarter, INETA will recognize leading contributors as Community Champions. In addition to claiming this prestigious title for twelve months, awardees also receive a letter of commendation, a certificate of achievement, much deserved online recognition, and a few great prizes. Of course, we want this award to motivate even more involvement, so we encourage everyone, including winners, to record your activities. After all, you are eligible to win every twelve months. Find out more and see what others are doing.

See what other folks are saying about the INETA Community Champions Program

Community Champion Award Blog - David Silverlight
Community Excellence Award Blog - David Silverlight
Visual Studio Team System - Andy Leonard
Scott Dorman's blog on
Wally McClure's Podcast

Check more info on the Community Champions section of the INETA website here.

INETA Birds of a Feather Session Accepted!

The request I submitted to moderate a Birds-of-a-Feather session at the TechEd 2008 Developers in Orlando, FL titled 'Breaking down Silos by Creating Internal User Groups' has been accepted.

The BOF session is scheduled 6/3/2008 4:45 PM - 6:00PM. I have been spending a lot of time this year trying to understand the things that hinder projects in our corporate environment. One of the places I have identified is that silo-ing teams, which can allow for specialization of a skill set, can also introduce impediments to a project. Isolating teams who need to collaborate often fosters mistrust between them, and the added frustration and rigor of work request can cause teams to fall into practices that are bad for the team and the company.

I am very interested in hearing if other companies are experiencing this, I know they are ;-), and how they are mitigating it. That will be the focus of this session. I expect to hear some horror stories and hopefully some good techniques to handle this problems. Thanks to INETA for giving me the chance to lead a BOF session.

INETA Speakers Bureau Podcast Project

Didn't see that I had posted this so, I figured it was about time I did. I was approached by David Walker at the Community Leader Summit held in Dallas, TX to join the INETA Speaker Bureau and help them get a speaker focused Podcast up and going. I have been working with the Rob Zelt (INETA Live!) to line out some hosting details, but we are beginning make progress.

I feel very privileged and want to extend my thanks to David Walker and INETA for giving me this opportunity.

Keep watching for more announcements.

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