TechEd 2008 On Fire!!!!

Microsoft TechEd 2008 kicked off Tuesday Morning with an awesome keynote.  My first great experience of the day was ridding the bus over with David Silverlight.  This was awesome for me, David and I have had lots of good conversation over at the INETA booth.  It has also been awesome to meet face to face with several sponsors of the NWA .NET User Group.  The sessions have been great and I can't wait to come back and present on what I have seen. Things I have learned so far:

  1. Microsoft Team Foundation Server can replace Microsoft Project Server as a project management and time-tracking tool.
  2. There is a UNIX TFS Client that allows developers to perform check-in, check-out, and work item updates.
  3. We could recreate the Project Request System with SharePoint in a few days.
  4. We aren't the only ones struggling with TDD, DDD, BDD.
  5. SCRUM is AWESOME!
  6. Other companies are creating Internal User Groups.
  7. We Identified 3 Silos in an organization; Discipline (developers, project managers, etc.), Functional (project teams, Data Admins, Middleware, etc.) and a new one that came up in my Birds-of-a-Feather session, IT and Business users.  Feel silly this one was so obvious that I missed it.  Yet another area where user groups for internally written applications can help facilitate learning and adoption in an organization.  I am planning on a series of post regarding this topic.
  8. I was mentioned by name in one of the recent Dot Net Rocks Podcast.
Well, that is just some of the things I have learned so far, I am already starting to formulate ways that I can leverage these new understandings to make my work environment better.?
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