Recently, as part of the 15th anniversary of the GoF book, I met with Larry O’Brien of InformIT to talk about the mission of patterns & practices at Microsoft; about our customers, and the specific areas that we focus on to help them be even more successful in their application development; and some of the specific productivity increases that many of our customers are able to achieve by using patterns & practices.

In particular, we discussed how patterns & practices applies team agile software development techniques, with a combination of Scrum-style management along with XP development practices. We also spent time talking about how we strive to engage with the community, and last but not the least, some of the key recent deliverables from the team.

If you are not very familiar with the what or the how of patterns & practices at Microsoft, I would recommend this as a good primer.

Many thanks to Larry O’Brien for taking the time to meet with me, and for his questions.

John, product unit manager
johnd@microsoft.com