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  • Blog Post: The Path to No Estimates

    Estimating is part of (almost) every project. It takes a lot of effort and more often than not is not accurate, predictable or flexible. I remember filling in Gantt charts and entering dependencies between tasks, trying to guess the length of the unknown and using magical breakdowns to justify decisions...
  • Blog Post: THIS is How You Do It: The USGA Golf Score App for Windows Phone 7

    One of the tricky things about helping developers build for a platform that has yet to be released is that it’s a tabula rasa . There’s no history, which is both blessing and curse: we developers get to make that history, but at the same time, we’re working in the dark. There are no examples to emulate...
  • Blog Post: A Touchy Subject

    I think that we – and by we, I mean we developers and developer evangelist types at Microsoft – get touch and tablets, or slates, or pads, or whatever you’d like to call them, better than the Ars Technica article Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn't get the iPad (written by Peter Bright and posted in...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Web/UX Conference: March 15 – 17 in Las Vegas

    I’m going to be at Microsoft’s MIX10 conference , which takes place from Monday, March 15th through Wednesday, March 17th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where I’ll be catching sessions and posting photos and reports. If you can spare a couple of days off work to attend Mix10, you should too...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Day 2: “Return on Experience”

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year. By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience...
  • Blog Post: The Device/Desktop Opportunity

    Why isn’t Brookstone in Canada yet? For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brookstone, a good way to describe it is “lifestyle gadget store”. A good portion of their catalog is devoted to “lifestyle electronics”: things like alarm clocks for travel that also play soothing noises to help you sleep...
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