Last Saturday I had the honor of speaking at a local company called MDI Holdings, Inc... The difference was it did not happen at their office or convention center. Instead, they invited their IT crew to the owner's horse ranch. For one, I am just amazed when company owners take time to give back to employees by treating them to these events. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I worked for a company that did this, however that does not mean other companies are bad, it just says that extra special something when they give a little back. So why blog about it? Well I have never been asked to speak at an IT retreat. Speaking at conferences, code camps and user groups is slowly starting to become comfortable, however I doubt I will ever get over the butterflies. No this was definitely different... I mean, who wants to talk about code all day on a Saturday while at such a beautiful refuge. I had to change things up a little and talk more about something that could make there day to day activity better. I picked the topic, "Patterns and Practices for Successfully Architecting .Net Solutions". Not really sure how it would go over with a group that was not solely architects, so I added some additional material that could be applied also to BAs and PMs.
After sharing the secrets of my success, I think the group came away with a clearer picture of architecture, it's make up and how drives the success of a solution. Thanks again MDI!!!