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PANEL: Making Pragmatic Software Design Choices for Production Apps

Thanks to Eating Well Magazine and Middlebury Interactive Languages for sponsoring this event!  hey are providing pizza & soda for attendees. Both have tech positions available.

Please note special parking instructions! (for frequent VTdotNET attendees, note that it's the same as every month) 

As software professionals we all value well designed code and solid architecture.  Generally, they are easier to maintain and more extensible. 

But there is often a tension between that goal and the need to ship.  As Joel Spolsky once wrote:

A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer than a 99% solution that nobody has because it’s in your lab where you’re endlessly polishing the damn thing. Shipping is a feature. A really important feature. Your product must have it.

This panel discussion will consider the challenges of balancing architectural/development concerns with the need to deliver value to the customer/business.  Each panelist brings years of experience in software development, leadership and delivering value.


Alan Peabody: Software Craftsman, Partner & Developer at Agilion Apps,  10+ yrs

Marc Heinzer: Senior Business Systems Analyst at Seventh Generation

Marlon Branicki: Senior Vice President Research & Development at MyWebGrocer

Rick Cusick: Chief Information Officer at Reading Plus

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  • Kyle M.

    Thanks again to all the speakers and organizers. This was a great talk. In case anyone's interested here's a matrix which puts together some of the notes from each speaker for each question:

    2 · June 9, 2014

    • Julie L.

      wow Kyle how awesome!

      1 · June 10, 2014

    • John C.

      Love your matrix !

      June 11, 2014

  • John C.

    Indeed, great to listen to the panel and hear their opinions, I wish I could have stayed until the end. Continuous and Constant Release ! Very compelling to ponder

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Panel was great. I liked when they started getting into concrete examples. I always learn more from those.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Chris B.

    Excellent discussion!

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Daniel M.

    Excellent panel discussion!

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Fantastic learning experience! Thank you to Julie, monitor Rob, all panelists, and those who asked questions.

    1 · June 10, 2014

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