Speaking at Nwa TechFest July 8th, 2010


The TechFest experience comes to Northwest Arkansas on July 8th, 2010.  This will be the first Northwest Arkansas TechFest organized by David Walker

What is the Northwest Arkansas TechFest?

The Northwest Arkansas TechFest is a technical conference primarily focused on providing training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT Professionals. The event is also organized in such a way that you can learn and give back to the community.  This non-profit event is organized by local volunteers and even though this is a free event you are encouraged to bring two cans of food or two bucks.  All canned food will be donated to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and all proceeds will be donated to The Jones Center


Myself and several other local speakers will be presenting at this event, as well as, several well known speakers from around the country. 

Here is information about the sessions I will be presenting.

Visual Studio 2010: Config file transformations

In any development environment we have to code local, publish to test, and then have the tested code published to the production environment.  The process has built in gates to ensure that bad code doesn’t make it into production, but it causes a huge issue with keeping up with service and database connections in your configuration files.  Visual Studio 2010 introduces Web.config transformations as a way to solve this problem.  In this session we will look at the age old problems, discuss some solutions in use today and take a look at how Visual Studio 2010 has solved this problem for us today.

Estimate Your Requirements With Planning Poker

Planning Poker is a consensus-based estimation technique for estimating, mostly used to estimate effort or relative size of tasks in software development . It is a variation of the Wideband Delphi method. In this session you will learn not only what planning poker is but how to facilitate it with your team. Using Planning Poker to estimate task on your project is not only accurate its fun.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Center for Nonprofirts @ St. Mary’s
1200 West Walnut Street
Rogers, AR 72756 [MAP]


You can pre-register or register the day of the event.  Pre-registering will save you a lot of time.  This is a free event, however you are encouraged to bring TWO CANS or TWO BUCKS.  All canned food will be donated to the NWA Food Bank and all proceeds will be donated to The Jones Center.

Speaking at Ozark .NET User Group May 13, 2010


I will be speaking at the Ozark .NET User Group in Harrison this week.  Here is the info about the session.  I have attended a few of their meetings but this will be the first time to speak to their group.  I look forward to it, it is going to be a fun time.


Introduction to Agile Software Development


In today's world of software development the challenge of delivering quality value added software quickly and often have brought rise to a new approach in software development.  Agile software development is becoming a widely proven and accepted alternative to heavy up front software development.  There are many misconceptions with the processes and practices of Agile software development.  This sessions is designed to give you a grounding on concepts that are used in many forms of Agile development including Scrum and Extreme Programming.


1515 pioneer Dr.
Harrison, AR [MAP]

Once you get there, here's how to find the rooms...

1.  Turn right onto Pioneer Drive
2.  Turn left into the first parking lot (Parking Lot H) which is in front of the John Paul Hammerschmidt Building on the north side
3.  Go up the flight of stairs and take the door on the left into the John Paul Hammerschmidt Building
4.  From 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, we will be meeting in room 304 (Bennie Ellis conference room) for social networking, pizza and soda
5.  From 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM, we will be meeting in room 208 (computer lab) for the main presentation

Check out the Ozark .NET User Group site for more info about the group.


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