From: MARKSON Howie
To: KENNY Stefanie; OETTING Gregg; ALPINE John; SLOAN John; TATTERSON Kevin
Subject: RE: Let's Start a Blog
Seems like we all have enough ideas to write an interesting blog. I have a great idea what our first post should be. Let's get started!
From: ALPINE John
A great idea, we have no shortage of opinions and RSD’s (Really Smart Developers). One of the more unique things about our business is that our end users are also developers. So I would imagine we have something to talk about here.
As we just announced CGM, why not have Gregg start out and talk about what’s different in CGM than ACIS from a technical standpoint?
From: SLOAN John
Um - guys? I thought I was the one who got the Really Opinionated Developer title. Especially about Object Oriented Design and Architecture issues. And about Typing Titles With Lots of Caps and How German Classes Ruined My Capitalization Ability. Is John A in?
From: TATTERSON Kevin
Turns out we’ve all got opinions ;)
I’m sure I could come up with stuff. I don’t know much about blogging, but from what I can tell, a blog entry doesn’t necessarily have to bring closure – it just has to put an opinion on a subject to get people thinking. And it can’t take more than a couple minutes to read – the best ones are relatively short.
I’d put something crazy out there like “people or process – which matters most?” Stir the conventional wisdom pot a bit. What does John think?
From: OETTING Gregg
I’m doing the first one!? How about whoever is that last person to reply does the first blog. That’s the way I manage; by fear. Kind of like the kid’s story about the ducks getting back on some boat and the last one gets a whack on his butt. Actually, I spend a lot of time thinking about motivating developers; ownership, recognition, connecting them with customers, innovation and good old fashion fear. But I’m not sure that would make a good blog topic, especially with how this all interconnected during our integration with AGILE and Scrum.
I’ll bet Kevin has an opinion on this Blog. He has an opinion on everything.
From: KENNY Stefanie
I don’t know about your addressing me as an RSD, but I’ll offer my opinion anyway. Perhaps I should be a called a Really Opinionated Developer instead.
Anyway, I like this idea. From me personally, I’d like to discuss Interoperability and some of the difficulties surrounding it. I’d also like to draw on my QA background to talk about testing and how modern ideas on testing from other domains, like web application development, can be applied to CAD and 3D. We could even go further with this idea and discuss a range of software practices and tools and how they apply to the engineering software domain, for instance, what have been some of our successes (and failures) in applying Agile processes.
What are you thinking for the first entry? I think it should be quite profound… set the tone for the rest of the blog, hint at topics to come and perhaps discuss one particular topic of utmost importance, including some ground-breaking insights. You know… show how Really Smart we are.
Hmm, I’m coming up a little short on ground-breaking insights today, so I think Gregg should do the first one.
From: MARKSON Howie
Hey Really Smart Developers,
It seems like we should start a really cool blog. Everyone else is doing it and we certainly are at least as interesting as everyone else. Maybe more so, if you consider we live in Colorado. Plus we know a lot about developing engineering software and we talk with other developers, our customers, everyday. So what do you think? Anybody have any suggestions on what we could talk about in our blog?