[Another old cartoon I’m adding to the Blue Monster Series. Especially after what Michael Neel said in the comments here:]
Microsoft will grow in the future buy continuing support of agile software methods and the tools to support those methods. Team System is awesome, and the first real software aimed at making my life easier (I’m the guy who writes software). .Net 3.0 offers great options like WPF that let me create apps *exactly* as the user interface designer wanted.
A key idea in agile methods is there is one and only one measure of software success: how the users like the program. The technologies that will be hot in the next decade will be the ones the support the agile mindset.
The comic – I get it totally. I go into a meeting and say “I don’t give a crap about the OLAP details of your data warehouse, this ‘dashboard’ is ugly as hell.” It’s not the users that think I’m crazy – it’s the other IT people.
BTW Hugh, if you figure out how to market tech without triggering the fire and brimstone you get in the comments… there is a job for you in the Middle East 😉
Thanks, Michael, though I’m not too worried about the “fire and brimstone”. It seems to go with the territory… plus it’s good to be kept on one’s toes. But I do agree with your “agile mindset” idea. Perfect.
Secondly, all this vigorous Open-Source competition is good for Microsoft long-term. A good general never underestimates the enemy [Though I doubt Microsoft sees Open Source as its “enemy” per se, if this recent blog post from Microsoft’s Sam Ramji is anything to go by]. One thing I learned from working with English Cut, there’s a lot to be said for respecting and yes, even praising one’s competition. From a marketing perspective, it works wonders.
[N.B. The cartoon originally appeared in The Hughtrain, back in 2004.]
thanks for stopping by my blog…that was cool, it makes me want to go out and buy a finely tailored suit while sipping fine South African red wine…i don’t know why…
I feel Michael’s pain.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in IT who don’t give a shit about IT, much less the business they are supporting. Fortunately, we won’t have to put up with their shit much longer as their jobs will be offshored. These are those, unspecifically, who oppose Agile, SOA, BPMS, etc., because they are different. They are somewhat, more conceptionally than technically, beyond their current paradigm. They are change. And it scares the shit out of them. Because they are comfortable.
Of course, open-source is good for everyone. This includes Microsoft for obvious reasons.
This cartoon sums up neatly my experience over the last 4 years since we completed our MBO. Change is now a way of life. The daily challenge how to constantly reinvent. What a fantastic way to spend you days!
Sorry – no comments on the rest of the post. The cartoon just hit one of those chords.
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